Nanjing Travel Blog› entry 6 of 8 › view all entries
We worked in the morning, but then I left the office in the afternoon because Jimmy had to have his laptop configured for two new software packages. Since that would take a few hours, I didn't want to stay in the office because Ami offered to take Joe and me to the Zhongshan Mountain National Park. Perfect, yes, yes we want to go. Jimmy was not to happy to miss the tour, but since he lives in Hong Kong, he can have more opportunities to see it!
Nanjing was the capital of China at one time, and was an very important city. The Zhongshan Mountain National Park represents the history of the Dynastys that were based in Nanjing. The Zijin Mountain is often covered in a purple haze at dawn & dusk, therefore the name purple mountain.
We first entered the park and walked through the entrance gate to the Ming Tomb. Unfortunately, the site was undergoing renovations so we were unable to climb to the top of the top and get the great views. Even so, the park is very nice and very well maintained. The plants, grasses and tree's are nice. We even came upon a tree that is 340 years old. Wow! It took 100,000 laborers to construct the tomb under the watch of 5,000 guards. The tomb was situated in order to have the mountain to the rear and lakes to the front. This is very powerful and good luck for the Chinese. The sacred way is not typical because it is not straight! But the effect is very interesting. The path curves gently toward the tomb and is lined by huge stone carvings of governmental ministers, soldiers and animals.We spent very good time in Purple Mountain and enjoyed the environment. I only wish we had more time so we could trek to the peak of the mountain.