Friday, 23 June 2017

A guide to vibrant Nanjing

Xian, Nanjing, Hangzhou – three dynasties (Qin – Ming – Song), three ancient capital cities, three Shangri-La hotels – in one trip

Presidential Palace. The two-dimensional, gray front gate understates the vast, beautiful and significant Presidential Palace. The immense palace dates back six centuries. Apart from images of scenes from various eras and well-preserved historic artifacts, beautifully symmetric gardens and courtyards are highlights of the palace.From the garden house that amplifies the sound of trees in the rain to a confidential meeting room in the middle of a lake, the palace is a historic theme park.

Presidential Palace, Nanjing

The Purple Mountain area is home to the tombs of three very important emperors: Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum – Tomb of Zhu Yuanzhang, also known as Emperor Hongwu, the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty /Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum – the resting place of the leader of the 1911 revolution / The tomb of Sun Quan – from the Three Kingdoms period

Purple Mountain Nanjing

Mausoleum of Sun Yat-sen  is situated at the foot of the second peak of Mount Zijin (Purple Mountain) in Nanjing, China. Construction of the tomb started in January 1926, and was finished in spring of 1929. Sun, considered to be the “Father of Modern China” both in mainland China and in Taiwan, fought against the imperial Qing government and after the 1911 revolution ended the monarchy, and founded the Republic of China.

Mausoleum of Sun Yat-sen, Nanjing

Confucius Temple is a museum which comprises a tiny fraction of the once-massive original buildings. The rest of the site is a massive, labyrinthine market; a top tourist attraction and a place where you can get all your haggling out of your system. Get your picture taken with the Confucius sculpture and grab some tea on one of the gondolas on the canal. On the southern side of town next to Zhonghua Gate and the Taiping Museum

Confucius Temple, Nanjing

The City Wall of Nanjing was designed by Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang after he founded the Ming Dynasty and established Nanjing as the capital 600 years ago. To consolidate his sovereignty and keep out invaders, he adopted the suggestions of advisor Zhu Sheng to build a higher city wall, to collect grains and to postpone the coronation. Then, he started to build the city wall. It took 21 years for the project, which involved 200,000 labourers to move 7 million cubic metres of earth.

The City Wall, Nanjing

Qinhuai River, in the southwest of the city, extends one hundred kilometers. The river used to be the most flourishing part of the city in the old days. In many Chinese novels, it is renowned as a place which nurtured beauties and romance. Today, it is a place for people to recall the old splendor of this historical city. Like all sights here, it tells the story of past, present and future of the city.

Concierge tips provided by Shangri-La Hotel Nanjing  329 Zhongyang Road, Gulou District, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, 210037, China
T:(86 25) 8630 8888

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