Nanjing, the ancient capital of eastern Jiangsu province may not be a top tourist destination in China, it holds significant history even till this day. As it is not a popular destination, restaurants and lodging will be cheaper in comparison.
Nanjing is known for the very first Ming tomb, Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, the Nanjing city wall – the longest existing circular city wall in the world.
The Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall is part museum, part memorial and part graveyard. The museum provides historical background on the Second Sino-Japanese War and combines the atrocities of the brutal massacre during 1937 to 1938. While it is not an ideal place to visit, it plays an important role in understanding the history and current political tensions of the city.
Usnisa Palace is an underground palace full of vivid and unique designs that is pure visual eye candy.
Purple Mountain holds three sites among its trails – Sun Yat-Sen’s Mausoleum, Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, Linggu Temple. On a nice day, it is ideal for taking a stroll or take a dive with locals in Lake Zixia. Purple mountain is also home to Zijinshan Observatory, one of the earliest observatories in the country. It is equipped with modern facilities used for experiments and observing the solar system and satellites.
Near Dr. Sun Yat-Sen’s Mausoleum, you can find the Nanjing Underwater World; an aquarium that houses over 200 species of marine wildlife. Their 74 meter long glass underwater tunnel is equipped with a conveyer belt under a 180 degree curved glass offering visitors a panoramic view of marine animals and beautiful coral reefs. The aquarium offers a variety of things to see and do such as the pavilion simulating a natural rainforest, watching divers swim with sharks and dolphins, the amazing jellyfish display and the adorable penguin house.
For shoppers, take a trip to Xinjiekou, a major shopping hub filled with neon lights at night. You can find something for everyone including luxury western goods. Be sure to pick up some souvenirs before you go.
Anyone wishing to visit China must have a Chinese visa to enter the country. Many agencies such as ChinaEntryVisa provides visa services to help you obtain one.