Get Inspired / Asia / China China: Nanjing Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Asia / China China: Nanjing story by: Nanjing, a city situated on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, is one of China's seven ancient capitals and was the centre of power through ten dynasties. With its greenery, broad boulevards, winding streets and unhurried pace, Nanjing is one of the most pleasant of China's great cities. You will visit the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum and the tomb of the Ming Li Emperor. As capital of Jiangsu province to the west of Shanghai, Nanjing carries much importance, especially as it is one of China’s seven ancient capitals. For 10 dynasties it was the centre of power on the south bank of the Yangtze River and its more recent history points to the Treaty of Nanjing which in the mid 1800s was signed by the British and Chinese, thus handing over the territory of Hong Kong to Britain and opening up four Chinese ports to foreign trade. While the city’s most famous landmark is the elegant blue and white mausoleum of Dr Sun Yat-sen, father of the Chinese Republic who died in 1925, it is also home to the tomb of the founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Zhu Yuanzhang. The remains of the Ming Dynasty city walls are also treasured along with the citadel at Zhonghua Gate which could garrison 10,000 men. The Linggu Temple (1381) and the purple Hill Observatory with its Ming Dynasty bronze astronomical instruments also provide a good insight into the ancient city’s past along with the impressive 4500-metre long dual level road and rail bridge across the Yangtze, an important link between China’s north and south. First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist The Eight Sights of Guangzhou Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Where Should I Go in Asia? Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.