Nanjing (Nánjīng[南京]) has been an important educational, political and economic center in China for thousands of years.
To the traveler, Nanjing is most famous for the cultural remnants left behind by Nanjing’s long and influential history as the capital of six dynasties, the Taiping Rebellion, and the Nationalist Party (Kuomintang [国民党]) . Tourist attractions aside, Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province(Jiāngsūshěng [江苏省]), is a well-balanced city that currently attracts visitors for much more than just tourism.
Nanjing’s foreign student population is already quite large and steadily growing. The amount of foreign businessmen in Nanjing is ever-increasing as well. To the delight of all those that love Chinese food, Nanjing is home to many delicious restaurants, maybe even too many. Local "Nanjingren (Nánjīngrén [南京人])" could never try them all in their entire lifetime. Start with a few, and build your repertoire from there.
Fast Facts About Nanjing
|Location:||Eastern China, Jiangsu Province. Nanjing Map|
|People:||Predominantly Han Chinese.|
|Language:||Mandarin (普通话) and Nanjingese (南京话).|
|Local Cuisine:||Huiyang Chinese food. Many local specialties.|
|Dialing Code:||"+86 25" from abroad. "025" from within China.|
|Getting There:||Air, train, bus, water transport via Changjiang River.|
|Getting Around:||Convenient subway, massive bus system, taxis only too busy at peak times, bicycles popular.|
|Does not freeze during winter. Up to 40°C in summer. High humidity. Comfortable spring and autumn.|
|Claim to Fame:||Capital of Six Dynasties (Ming Tomb), Purple Mountain, First capital of Republic of China (Sun Yat-sens Tomb), Nanjing Massacre.|
Nanjing's Tourist Attractions
Nanjing, a city with a long and profound history, is most famous for its many historical and cultural attractions. The most dramatic reminder of Nanjing’s past as the capital of several Chinese dynasties is the great city wall, much of which is still intact.
Although Nanjing’s parks are not the main draw for tourists, Purple Mountain and Xuanwu Lake are still two excellent examples of Nanjing’s vast public grounds. Purple Mountain is home to several of the most commonly visited tourist attractions including Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s Mausoleum and the Ming Tomb.
Nanjing boasts so many tasty Chinese restaurants that it is impossible to list all of them. To get started, head for Lion’s Bridge. This is a logical starting point as the area offers a large selection and variety of restaurants all packed into one small place. However, wherever you are in Nanjing, you won’t need to travel far to find some excellent traditional Chinese Huaiyang cuisine.
When traveling in China, it is of utmost importance to sample the local famous snacks in every city. In Nanjing, some of these snacks are local specialties while others have been imported from other cities. Click here for a quick overview of Nanjing’s specialty foods.
Nanjing does have a wide selection of foreign restaurants, but it is hard to determine which ones are authentic until you have tried them. For that reason, first consult the reviews on Synotrip.