If you don't have time to get to Sūzhōu, visit this delightful traditional Chinese garden at the heart of town. The Taiping History...
Taiping Heavenly Kingdom History Museum
Hong Xiuquan, the Hakka leader of the quasi-Christian Taiping, had a palace built in Nánjīng (then named Tiānjīng or 'Heavenly...
The Confucian Fūzǐ Temple, in the south of the city in a smartened up pedestrian zone full of restaurants, was a centre of Confucian...
Kūnqǔ (昆曲), an extant form of Chinese opera originating from Jiāngsū, is staged at this small theatre every Saturday evening at 7.15pm....
Down along spruced-up Laomen Dong, New Zealander–owned Motu does a brisk trade in fine burgers. Order at the till, take a numbered flag...
Zhōnghuá Gate information
Zhōnghuá Gate has four rows of gates, making it almost impregnable, and could house a garrison of 3000 soldiers in vaults in the front gate building. When walking through, observe the trough in either wall of the second gate, which held a vast stone gate that could be lowered into place. Horse ramps lead up the side to the wall; also note how the roads immediately north of the gate follow the circular line of the now missing enceinte (瓮城; wèngchéng ), a further fortification.