Attractions in Nanjing China

Jinghai Temple

The Jinghai Temple lies at the southwestern foot of the Lion Hill, with the Tianfei Temple on its east and the city moat on the west. The temple occupies a space of about 20,000 square meters, making it one of the largest temples in Nanjing. It was built during the reign of Emperor Yongle in praise of Zheng He for his merits in his navigation to the Western Oceans. The name “Jinghai” literally means “peace and ocean” in Chinese, which indicates the Emperor's blessings for the fleet.  Zheng himself lived in the temple to spend his later years as well.

Tianfei Temple

After Zheng He succeeded in returning from his first voyage to the Western Oceans, the Yongle Emperor of the Ming Dynasty ordered to build the Tianfei Temple at the foot of the Lion Hill, Gulou District, Nanjing. It was constructed to express thanks to Tianfei, also called as Goddess of the Seven Seas, for her blessing and protection of the safe navigation of the fleet over the oceans. It is now rebuilt as the witness of the great voyages led by Zheng He and part of the ancient Maritime Silk Road in China.

Nanjing Taicheng Wall

Located on the north part of the Jiming Hill and the south bank of Xuanwu Lake, the Nanjing Taicheng Wall is a section of the ancient Ming Great Wall extending westwards from the Jiefang Gate. While ascending the Taicheng Wall, you can revel in the vast scenery of its surroundings: look east to the verdure of Zhongshan Mountain, immerse yourself in the bells of the western Jiming Temple in the distance, enjoy the blue waters of the Xuanwu Lake in the north or turn around to embrace the stunning view of Jiuhua Mountain.

Ruins of the Ming Palace

Located on the northern and southern sides of Zhongshan Road, the Ming Palace covers an area of more than one million square meters, making it the world's largest palace in medieval history. Zhu Di, an Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, even built Beijing Imperial Palace in imitation of Ming Palace when he moved the capital from Nanjing to Beijing. It exerts a profound influence on the architectural layout and form of many palace buildings, including not only royal buildings built in the Ming Dynasty but also those in foreign lands.

The Grand Baoen Temple Heritage and Scenic Area

The Grand Baoen Temple Heritage and Scenic Area is situated outside the Zhonghua Gate, the south gate of Nanjing City. The former royal temple in the Ming Dynasty is known as the oldest and largest temple with the highest standard in China's history. The glazed pagoda inside the temple used to rank among the seven wonders of the medieval world for its huge size. As a well-received iconic building, it was admired by Westerners in the Middle Ages and even printed on the take-out boxes that appeared in the Bing Bang, an American drama filmed in modern times.

Lion Mountain Scenic Zone

Lion Mountain is located in Xiaguan District of Nanjing, bordering the Yangtze River. As "One of the 48 famous Scenic Spots in Ancient Nanjing", it is called "Magnificent View of Lion Mountain".

There are numerous cultural and historical sites in Lion Rock Scenic Zone including Yuejiang Tower, Jinghai Temple and Tianfei Palace. And Yuejiang Tower is on the top of the Lion Mountain, where you can capture the epic scene of the vast Yangtze River. While looking at the other side, you will have a panoramic view of Nanjing city.

Mufu Mountain

Located on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Mufu Mountain is a hilly mountain range that traverses Gulou District and the Swallow Promontory in Qixia District, Nanjing.

"Climbing Mufu Mountain" has been one of most popular activities in Nanjing since ancient times, especially around the Double Ninth Festival, when a continuous stream of visitors come to Mufu Mountain to admire the epic autumn scenery. On the top of the mountain, there is a platform for visitors to view the Yangtze River rushing past the foot of the mountain.

Zhongshan Mountain National Park

Zhongshan Mountain National Park is the most famous tourist attraction in Nanjing, consisting of 3 major scenic areas- Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum Scenic Area, Ming Tomb Scenic Area and Linggu Scenic Area, covering more than 50 scenic spots including Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum, Ming Tomb, Linggu Temple, Music Stage etc.

Huiji Temple

The Ancient Huiji Temple was built in the Southern Dynasties and has a history of more than 1,600 years. There are three over 1,500-year-old ginkgo trees in the temple, which are the oldest ginkgo trees in Nanjing. Having experienced thousands of years of sunshine and rain and witnessed the changes of dynasties, the 3 old trees are still luxuriant and full of vitality nowadays.

Red Maple Hill (Hongfenggang)

Red Maple Hill (Hongfenggang) is located in the Nanjing Botanical Garden Mem. Sun Yat-Sen in the eastern suburb of Nanjing. Every autumn, over 60 kinds of Aceraceae plants make the more than 5,000m2 Hongfenggang a dream-like place, attracting many shutterbugs to come. Just click the shutter, and you will get a masterpiece even if you’re not a professional photographer. Maples in the mountain are as red as described in an ancient Chinese poem - "Frosty leaves are redder than the February flowers".

Huanling Road

Huanling Road is located on the east side of Purple Mountain, starting from Zhongshanmen Street in the south and reaching Ningzhen Road in the north, with a total length of 6 km. As the No. 1 ecological landscape avenue with high-end properties in Nanjing, Huanling Road is surrounded by the first-class luxury hotels, the most top-notch golf courses, the best city villas and the only racetrack in Nanjing. The tall plane trees lined on both sides of Huanling Road are lush in spring and summer, and then they turn into yellow and orange in autumn.