Parks in Nanjing China

Wuchaomen Park

Every morning, retired locals practice Tai Chi, sing opera and walk backwards in circles in what was once the forbidden grounds of the Ming Palace.

 

Inside the park stands Wumen, one of Nanjing’s few remaining palace gates, dating back to 1367. Visitors can climb the grey-bricked structure to experience a good view over Yudao to the south, the straight and tree-lined former imperial road.

 

Stone Pillar Forest on Guizi Hill

By far the most significant point of interest in Luhe district is the Stone Pillar Forest on Guizi Hill. The forest is a type of geological formation that has only been found at four sites an earth, of which this is the biggest. Massive gray pentagonal and hexagonal stone columns line the inside of the hill’s shell, of which some four-fifths survives; the area inside the hill covers nearly a fifth of a square kilometer, and the hill itself is about fifty meters tall.

Nanjing Yeshan National Mine Park

Nanjing Yeshan National Mine Park is located in the north of Luhe District, next to Jinniu Lake scenic area. The iron ore smelting of Yeshan has a long history. As early as 3000 years ago, Yeshan Mountain was a place of mining and smelting. The history of iron-smelting was more than 1800 years earlier than that in Europe. It is a microcosm of China's mining history. The underground mining intuitively and iconically indicate the history of China's mining technology from the Western Zhou Dynasty to now.

Ming Palace Ruins Park

This park is located on the site of the former palace of Zhu Yuanzhang, first Emperor of the Ming Dynasty. Built from 1366-84 it was apparently a very impressive palace. There were the Imperial Ancestral Temple, the state altar and all facilities of the imperial palace. When Zhu Di moved the capital from Nanjing to Beijing, he built Beijing Imperial Palace in imitation of Ming Palace in Nanjing. Ming Palace was destroyed in the war at the end of the Qing Dynasty. Now what remain are only some carved stones, building foundation, column base, etc. 

Drum Tower Park and Big Bell Pavilion

The Drum Tower lying on the western side of the People's Square in Nanjing City was first built in 1382 in the Ming Dynasty. Afterward, it was destroyed and rebuilt for several times. The existing structure was built at the end of the Qing Dynasty. The elevated stand of brick on which Drum Tower is rested is the original one of the Ming Dynasty. It is 8.9 meters high, 44.4 meters from east to west, and 22.6 meters from south to north. In the middle are three cylinder-shaped passageways from east to west for people to pass through.

Egret Park

As a bright pearl in Qinhuai scenic area, Egret Park covers a total area of 15.3 hectares with a lake-water area of 3.8 hectares. Successively being called Xu Zhongshan Garden, Eastern Garden and Taifu Garden in history, it was a garden of Xu Da, a founding general of the Ming Dynasty. Thanks to its charming sceneries of unique rustic appeal, it has always been the place for many noted scholars to get together, writing poems and drinking wine. In the period of the Republic of China, it was formally turned into Egret Park.

Mochou Lake Park

Mochou Lake lies outside Shuixi Gate of Nanjing City, with a total area of 47 hectares and a circumference of 5 km. In Qing Dynasty, it was a beautiful garden that was also famed as the first attraction of Nanjing. Mochou Lake was once part of Yangtze River. Later the channels of Yangtze River and Qin Huai River changed their carrying capacity and direction, so Mochou Lake gradually became a lake.

 

Hongshan Forest Zoo

More than 3,000 animals call this tree-blanketed hill home, including rare native species like cuddly giant pandas and ginger-furred snub-nosed monkeys.

 

Quite randomly, the sprawling zoo has a dedicated ‘Australian area’ to accommodate all animals from the land down under.

 

Shitoucheng Park

Shitoucheng Park – where city wall and Qinhuai River stand side by side

The free public park provides a chance to see remains of City Walls from two different dynasties: a red sandstone fortress from the Wu Kingdom (around 1800 years ago) stands side by side with a grey-bricked fortification from the Ming Dynasty (around 650 years ago).