If you ever plan a trip to
Shanghai for more than a week, you’ll have a lot of time to see some of the neighborhood cities even just for a day trip and make the most of your vacation. I really suggest hopping on a train and visiting another city. China
One nearby city worth visiting is the historical city of
. Nanjing Nanjing used to be the former capital of China (formerly known as “ Nanking”) and has an extremely important place in Chinese history and culture, having been renowned as the capital of several dynasties over the course of Chinese civilization.
If you’re coming from
Shanghai, getting to is easy as the Shanghai-Nanjing Intercity Railway now takes you there in only an hour and 13 minutes going west. If you live in Nanjing (like me) it is equally easy to get to, only an hour away by train going east. It is a nearby neighbor, sitting between Hefei Hefei and , and a city with real historic treasures. Here are some of Shanghai ’s amazing pieces of history. Nanjing
THE CITY WALL OF NANJING
|The City Wall of Nanjing|
The City Wall of Nanjing (also known as the Ming City Wall) was built by 200,000 laborers on the orders of the first Ming Dynasty Emperor, Zhu Yuanzhang, after he founded the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and established Nanjing as the capital 600 years ago. This amazing wall took 21 years to complete and surrounds the urban city center (which was the old city back then). The wall is over 600 years old but still stands looking practically brand new with over three-fourths of it still intact. Because of this, it is breathtakingly beautiful.
DR. SUN YAT SEN'S MAUSOLEUM
|With friends at the foot of the Mausoleum in 2010|
Sun Yat Sen is considered the “Father of Modern China”. He ended the monarchy in 1911 and founded the Republic of China, from which he was President of from 1912 until his death in
in 1925. On May 28, 1929, his remains were transferred to Beijing and placed in a special mausoleum made just for him. Construction of the tomb began in 1926 until 1929. Now the tomb is one of the best tourist spots in Nanjing . Situated at the foot of the second China peak of Purple Mountain in , it is majestic to see and after climbing the hundreds of steps to the top, the view of the city makes all that climbing worthwhile. Nanjing
THE MING XIAOLING TOMB
|The Spirit Path: a path of stone animals leading up to the Ming Tomb|