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Nanjing City 4 days 3 nights Tour Route B

Nanjing Tourist Attractions:
Yangtze River Bridge, Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum, Linggu Temple, Mingxiao Tomb, Ming City Wall,
Nanjing Museum, Xuyuan Garden,  Yuejiang Tower, Terrace City, Swallow Crag, Confucius Temple



* On this 4-day city tour, you will see all the fantastic sights Nanjing has to offer, including the tomb of the revered revolutionary Dr. Sun Yat Sen, the Ming City Walls, the Confucius Temple, and a host of other fantastic and interesting attractions
* During your Nanjing city tour you will be accompanied by your local English-speaking guide, who will give you an insider's view into this historic and mighty city
* This tour includes free airport/train station pick-up and transfer, as well as a farewell dinner during your final night. If you go on the luxury tour you will have 5 star lodging, and for the normal tour your hotel will be 3 or 4 stars (all based on western standards)

B=(Breakfast) L=(lunch) D=(dinner)  DEPARTURE: Daily



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Day 1

Arrive in Nanjing

You will fly into the Nanjing airport or take a train to Nanjing, and upon arrival you will be met by your local English-speaking guide. You'll be taken to your hotel, a 3 or 4 star hotel for common tours, and a 5 star hotel for luxury tours.

After getting some time to freshen up and unpack, you'll get in a bit of sightseeing today by visiting the Yangtze River Bridge. This is the first bridge to be independently designed and constructed by the Chinese themselves. The bridge was added to the Guinness World Records as the world's longest bridge featuring the dual functions of a highway and a railway.
3 or 4 star for common; 5 star for deluxe

Day 2

Nanjing (B, L)

Following breakfast in the hotel, you'll get started on your exploration of the city with your guide by visiting the Mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat Sen (also known as Zhongshan Ling). Dr. Sun was the first president of the Republic of China and one of the leading organizers of the struggle to create a modern republic in China. The impressive memorial was built in the 1920's. Its architecture is accentuated by its splendid natural setting on the forested slopes of Zijin Mountain on the outskirts of Nanjing, its buildings made of white stone with dark blue roof tiles.

Nearby in the Purple Mountains is the Linggu Temple. The site is a Buddhist temple set in a park. It is the southeastern part of the Purple Mountain area, east of the Mingxiaoling Mausoleum. There are three main buildings in the complex called the Beamless Hall, the Linggu Pagoda and a Buddhist temple.The Beamless (Wuliang) Hall at the site was constructed in 1831, and it is 22 meters high and 53.8 meters wide. The hall was made with stone arches and without wooden beams, so this makes the building distinctive. There are mannequins that depict Chinese history in it now.
The Linggu Pagoda is a pagoda that is about 10 stories tall that was built in 1930. There is also a Buddhist temple building. The site has a shrine that is said to harbor the skull of a Chinese monk who went to India to collect Buddhist scriptures long ago.

Along with Xian and Pingyao, Nanjing is one of the only cities in China to still contain traces of its old city wall, and we'll along it next. After accomplishing the modest feat of founding the Ming Dynasty more than 600 years ago, Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang was apparently still unsatisfied with his achievements and commissioned a grandiose wall to protect China's new capital city of Nanjing. The ambitious defense project called for granite foundations and intricate layers of boulders and limestone. A special concoction of lime, tung oil and glutinous rice secured the layers together. Because of the meticulous building process, most of the ancient city wall still stands.

Of the 33.5 km original wall, more than 20 km still encircles the ancient city bearing true testament to Chinese engineering. Today, you can explore the wall's impressive 12m-high gates, battlements and bulwarks. One of the best-preserved gates of the wall, Zhonghua Men, also distinguishes itself as the largest castle in China.

We'll then a modern feat of engineering at the Yangtze River Bridge. The Great Bridge over the Yangtze River in Nanjing is not only a striking example of post-Revolutionary art and engineering, but the story behind it is a source of pride for people throughout China, and especially those in Nanjing. It is the first modern bridge completely built by Chinese people. After the 1949 Revolution, China worked closely with the Soviet Union, and the Soviets provided many technical advisors and engineers.

Unfortunately, relations between the two countries deteriorated in the early 1960's, and the USSR brought all of its engineers home. Unwilling to give up, Chinese engineers managed to overcome the challenge and create this monumental and impressive bridge. The huge piers of the bridge are capped with towers topped by giant glass sculptures representing red flags surging forward, vividly recording the enthusiasm and patriotism of 1960's China.

Next we'll head indoors to one of the country's first museums, the Nanjing Museum. With an area of 70,000 square meters, it is one of the largest museums in China. The Nanjing Museum is located inside the Zhongshan Gate of Nanjing City. lts predecessor was known as the Central Museum Preparatory Location. The complex of buildings represents an amalgamation of east and west, with the great hall copying the style of a Liao-dynasty palace. The Museum currently holds some 400,000 objects in its collections, among which are some of the most famous objects in China. These include the only complete set of 'jade suits sewed with silver thread' in China, which are world renowned. In 1982, a Warring States period Chu State tomb was excavated from which stellar pieces were retrieved that also form some of the extraordinary treasures in this museum.

We'll cap off your first full day in Nanjing with a trip to the Confucius Temple and its surrounding neighborhood. The Confucius Temple is south of the city's central district. There was a temple that was built in the year 1034 during the Song Dynasty period on the banks of the Qinhuai River. During the past millennium, it was renovated, reconstructed, and enlarged so that it became a large complex. It was used by Confucian scholars. Next to it was the Jiangnan Gongyuan that was the largest examination area for people taking the imperial examinations and the Xue Gong that was the Qing Imperial Academy for training mandarins to govern the vast empire.

The surrounding neighborhood is also a sight of itself, as is the place to be on weekends and holidays. Clothing shops and restaurants dominate the main streets (closed to vehicular traffic) while street stalls in the alleyways sell stuffed animals, plants, CDs and even more clothes.

3 or 4 star for common; 5 star for deluxe


Nanjing (B, L, D)

After breakfast we'll resume our sightseeing. Our first stop will be the pleasant classical gardens of Xuyuan. It was originally a garden in the Price Han Residence. With an area of about 14,000 square meters, the artificial hills, rocks, buildings and ponds in the garden are well designed and arranged. The grass, flowers, bamboo, trees and fish swimming in the pond reflect the owner's spiritual pursuit. Now the garden's are composed of a number of attractions, such as the marble boat, Xijia (sunset) Building, the office of the Provincial Sun Yat Sen, Waterside Pavilion of Beaming with Delight, Fangsheng Pavilion and Chamber of Rippling Waves.

We'll learn a bit more about the ancient history of this city at the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum. It is the tomb of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang of Ming Dynasty, which is one of the biggest Emperor Mausoleums existed now. The construction of the mausoleum began in 1383 and has more than 600-year history.

The mausoleum consists of two parts: front and behind part, surrounding by 45-kilometer stonewall. The mausoleum was heavily constructed and planted. The front part begins from the place of jumping off the horse at that time to Sifangcheng (Rectangular city). You can enjoy the stone animals guarding the tomb, a pair of decorative columns, couples of ministers and generals have been standing there for centuries to accompany their Majesty beneath along the way and the sacred way. The behind part includes portal, stele inscribed with 4 Chinese characters, which was written by Emperor Kangxi in his third inspection tour, Xiaoling Hall, Bao City and so on. The Emperor Zhu and his queen are buried behind Bao City. The red portal of the mausoleum lies in the north and face to the south, which is the best direction for Chinese. The name of the tomb "Mingxiao Ling" was printed on the head of the gate. Two pavilions behind it were destroyed, but you can still imagine the fantastic scale from the relics.

Then it is off to the Yuejiang Tower, which is located in northeast Nanjing. The Tower looks out over the broad sweep of the Yangtze River. The 50 meter high pagoda is built in the style of the Ming dynasty. The tower's walls and beams are painted red and dark green, and the glistening ceramic roof tiles are the shade of yellow once reserved for imperial buildings. Beneath the tower, a section of the Imperial city wall wraps around the base of the forested hill. The tower's highest balconies offer a breathtaking view over the broad Yangtze River.

We'll next revisit some of the Ming City Wall at the Terrace City. The Terrace City was once the Palace during the South Dynasty. People are accustomed to calling the walls between Jiefang Gate and Jiuhuashan Hill this name. Standing on the top of the city wall, the tourists can see Zhongshan Hill in the east, Xuanwu Lake in the north, city mansions in the south and Jiming Temple in the west. A museum about the history of Ming Dynasty's City Wall stands here.

Before dinner, we'll make our way to the curious sight of Swallow Crag. On Zhidu Hill outside of Guanyin Gate, a grotesque peak by the riverside thrusts itself towards the sky, which looks like a flying swallow, hence the name. The Swallow Crag is strategically located and difficult to access, and under the crag, the waves are surging and roaring. It has been an ideal place for men of letters to express their feeling since ancient times.

To conclude your time in Nanjing, you will be given a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant. The dinner will be made up of Jiangsu cuisine, the province Nanjing is located in. Jiangsu cuisine is one the 8 great culinary styles of China, and is noted for its light and sweet tastes.

3 or 4 star for common; 5 star for deluxe

Day 4


Following breakfast in the hotel, you'll be driven to the Nanjing airport or train station, and you'll fly on to your next destination, ending your stay in Nanjing. If you would like to extend your stay in China then please go to our China City Tours and China Package Tours pages to find out about more of the great destinations in China we offer!
  3 or 4 star for common; 5 star for deluxe

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