Taiping Heavenly Kingdom History Museum
Hong Xiuquan, the Hakka leader of the Christian Taiping, had a palace built in Nánjīng (then named Tiānjīng or 'Heavenly Capital'), but...
The Confucian Fūzǐ Temple, in the south of the city in a pedestrian zone, was a centre of Confucian study for more than 1500 years. But...
Imperial Examinations History Museum
Not far from the Fūzǐ temple complex, this museum is a recent reconstruction of the building where scholars once spent months – or years...
After relocating to an alley off Zhongshan Nanlu in a rebuilt historical neighbourhood, this pricey expats’ bar has gone even pricier....
Sculpting in Time
This charming and seriously spacious cafe is an appealing, relaxed spot with an outdoor terrace overlooking the river. With birdcage...
Zhōnghuá Gate information
Built on the site of the old Tang-dynasty wall, 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.