Jiangsu Province's

NANJING

Global Mark : 11.46

Ratings by criteria : 

Charm Scenery Parks Culture Minor. Market Relax Fiesta 

Cost

AVER.
4 2 3 4 2 3 3 5

1

12.00

Ratings by backpackers :

Surveyed Liked  Comeback  Recommend Notes AVER.
14 79%  (11) 43%  (6) 71%  (10) 5 to 15 10.93


Description :
A pleasant & lively former capital with a couple of original (as well as horrorginal) sights

Comments : Not really a favorite with backpackers, the historical significance of the place is nevertheless worth a stopover on the way to Suzhou or Qufu

What to do : Feel sad for human nature at the Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre (Bus No7, open 8:30 to 5pm) / Be impressed by the Ming City Wall, the longest ever built in the world (over 33 km)  /  Spend the afternoon at Zijinshan area, for a look at Sun Yatsen Mausoleum, the other historical sights and the green surroundings / Swim in the nearby Zixia lake during summer / Spend the evening around lively Fuzimiao and its Temple of Confucius / Meet foreigners students and decide to stay in Nanjing to learn Chinese

What you may not like : Some characteristic of the human nature / The hot summer / The limited accommodations / Waiting too long for a bus or walking too much (renting a bike could be a good idea) /

How long ? One or two days

 

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- Around 300,000 civilians killed
- Between 20,000 and 80,000 Chinese girls raped
Still, most people (including among the Japanese) do not know the story...

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 << Discover the greenery of Nanjing...


Where to stay ?

Hotels  << Get precise info, book online and save money !

As everywhere on the east coast, budget accommodations are not that cheap & limited. The Nanjing University Foreign Students Dormitory, just south of Beijing Lu (Bus No13 from train station) is where most of the backpackers seem to stay. It cost around 70Y for a Dbl without bath to 200Y for a Dbl with bath.

Just south of the above, the Nanjing Normal University Nanshan Hotel offers a nicer environment (inside the campus) and Dbl with bath from around 120Y


How to leave ?  

Trains 

Train is the best, whether going North to Qufu, East to Suzhou & Shanghai or South to Huangshan. There is a train ticket office south of China Eastern Airlines Office on Zhongshan Lu. Some trains to the East below :

 
No   K378/375 1495/1498 K33 1354/1351 5051 T711 T701
Nanjing 0 0400 0508 0541 0612 0633 0748 0839
Suzhou 219 0728 0852 0837 0941 1131 n n
Shanghai 308 0826 0953 0936 1042 n 1054 1143

Nanjing is also a stop for the Yangzi River cruises between Chongqing & Shanghai.