Nanjing Travel Guide

Nanjing Travel Guide

Nanjing map

Chinese Name: 南京 (nán jīng)
Population: 8,500,000
Area: 6587.02 square kilometers (2,543.26 square kilometers)
Location: in the south of Jiangsu Province, east China
Administrative Division: 11 districts (Xuanwu, Qinhuai, Jianye, Gulou, Qixia. Yuhuatai, Jiangning, Pukou, Liuhe, Lishui, Gaochun)
Area Code: 025
Zip Code: 210000 - 211800
GDP (2019): CNY 1,403.015 billion (USD 203.365 billion)

Famous Communication Center with Impressive Historical Heritage

Lying on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province, is one of the most delightful destinations in China. It is easy to get to Nanjing by bullet train and air as it is one of the China’s key transport centers. Known as the capital city of six dynasties in ancient Chinese history including Kingdom of Wu (222 – 280), Eastern Jin (317 - 420) and four states of Southern Dynasties (420 - 589): Song, Qi, Liang and Chen, it has a lot of brilliant cultural heritage sites. You can see the ancient city walls and the old educational center Confucius Temple as well as architecture in the period of the Republic of China here. Many resorts, natural attractions and amusement parks also cannot be ignored.

Now Nanjing is an important national science and education center and the number of various institutions of higher education is second only to Beijing. Travelers can easily get a leisurely stroll on the boulevards lined with lush trees near those old campuses. Also, you cannot miss the museums with abundant collections and remember to taste the local Nanjing snacks like Nanjing Steamed Duck and Salted Duck.

Nanjing served as the capital of 6 dynasties from the Kingdom of Wu (220 - 280) to Southern Dynasties. The early  Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) is the last feudal dynasty that found capital in Nanjing but then the third emperor Ming Chengzu (Zhu Di) moved the capital to Beijing in 1421. In spite of its glorious times, Nanjing witnessed the historical vicissitude of modern China, from the Opium War in 1839, the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom rebelling against the Qing Dynasty (1636 - 1912) in 1853 to the establishment of the provisional government of the Republic of China by Dr. Sun Yet-sen in 1912. Nevertheless, it also witnessed the hardest moment of this nation, the inhuman Nanjing Massacre that more than 300,000 Chinese common people were killed including women and children by Japanese army in 1937. Carried profound history but also deep suffering past, Nanjing now has transformed into a developed industrial city. 

Xiaoling Mausoleum of Ming Dynasty
Xiaoling Mausoleum of Ming Dynasty


Historical Sights


Cultural Sights

In addition to historical sights, memorials, museums and cultural sights also attract thousands of visitors. The famous Confucius Temple (Fuzimiao) is not only a memorial place for the Great Sage but has a surrounding area bustling with shops, restaurants and a snack street housed in traditional architectural buildings. The nearby Imperial Examination Museum of China (Jiangnan Examination Hall) and Former Residence of the Wang and Xie Families have seen their best days in ancient times. In the city center, Nanjing Museum is a must for visitors with a collection of more than 420 thousand pieces, including about 2,000 that are rare and valued. The Zijinshan Observatory (Purple Mountain Observatory) to the east of the city center was the first modern observatory built in China.

Qinhuai River
Qinhuai River
Dr. Sun Yat-sen
Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum

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.

Other Attractions

Like most major cities in the country, Nanjing is developing rapidly. Great changes have taken place in the city. Modern highways and railways connect the city with most major cities throughout the country and it is becoming a sparkling metropolis akin to Shanghai and Beijing with skyscrapers, luxury hotels, fashion shopping malls, supermarkets and highly-developed economic zones throughout the city. Transport in the city is very convenient with the new metro service in addition to taxis, public buses, tourist special lines and other means of transport. Modern amenities in luxury hotels make your stay a comfortable one. Dazzling shopping malls and department stores can be found in the commercial areas of the city with stocked plenty of international brand names. The city is also home to several colleges and universities and a large foreign population. The city is become an international metropolis with new faces every day.

 Since Jan. 30, 2016, the 144-Hour Visa-Free Policy has been implemented in the city to facilitate passport holders of 53 countries and regions to enjoy a visa-free stay up to 144 hours when taking an international transfer via Lukou Airport, and passengers can travel to Shanghai and Zhejiang as well.
Read details about 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit.

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- Last updated on Sep. 07, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Nanjing Travel
Asked by Kasi from THAILAND | Nov. 29, 2023 23:38Reply
Luggage lockers
Are there luggage lockers in Nanjing?
Asked by LP Chai from SINGAPORE | Oct. 12, 2023 20:47Reply
Nanjing Lukou International Airport to Novotel Nanjing Central Suning
Please advise what is the best transport from Airport to the Hotel. Taxi, Metro, Bus etc. How much was the cost?
Answers (1)
Answered by Emily | Oct. 12, 2023 23:07

You can take Metro Line S1 from the airport to Nanjing South Station and then transfer to Metro Line 3 to Changfujie Station. After that, get out of the Exit 4 and walk north about 800 meters to reach the hotel. It takes about 70 minutes and costs CNY 8.
Asked by LP Chai from SINGAPORE | Sep. 06, 2023 19:28Reply
Travelling to Nanjing & Hangzhou in Nov 2023.
1) Which is the best transportation from Nanjing Lukou Airport to Shuguang international Hotel Nanjing? Metro , taxi etc. How much does it cost and how long?
2) Is there any nearby walking distance from Shuguang international Hotel Nanjing to tourist attraction.
3) Hotel was nearby Nanjing Railway station. Is it a walking distance? If I going to Hangzhou, is it to take from Nanjing Railway Station to Hangzhou East Railway station? How long if taking high speed train and how much?
Pls advise and thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Ivy | Sep. 07, 2023 00:56

1. I prefer metro. First, take metro S1 line to Nanjing South Railway Station, then change to line 1 to Nanjing Railway Station, then walk to the hotel just next to the railway station. It takes about 80 minutes and CNY9.
You can also take airport bus line 1 to Nanjing Railway Station, then walk to the hotel. It takes 75 minutes and CNY20.
2. Xuanwu Lake is just to the south of the hotel. You can walk there in minutes.
3. Actually, the two are next to each other. From Nanjing Railway Station, there are trains to Hangzhou Station, Hangzhou East Station and Hangzhou South Station. You may choose one based on the departure time. The travel time is around 3 hours and ticket fare for a 2nd class seat is around CNY170 or CNY220.
Asked by TESR from INDIA | Jul. 25, 2023 00:44Reply
Lishui Economic development zone ZIP CODE PLEASE
Lishui Economic development zone
Answers (1)
Answered by Selina | Jul. 25, 2023 19:08

It's 211299.
Asked by Phil from NEW ZEALAND | Jul. 15, 2023 00:45Reply
how do i get from nanjing south station to novotel central
Answers (1)
Answered by Molly | Jul. 17, 2023 02:03

Is the hotel Novotel Nanjing Central Suning? If yes, you can take Metro Line 1 from Nanjing South Station to Xinjiekou Station and then walk south about 650m to your hotel.
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