One of the original 13 Ming city gates, which allows access to the walls.
Xuánwǔ Lake Park
The vast lake within this lovely, verdant 530-hectare park – backing onto the towering city wall – is studded with five interconnected...
Named after the mountain in ĀnhuĪ, this attractive park is situated south of Xuánwǔ Lake Park, by the city walls.
This place is reasonably elegant and certainly no dive, yet you can order up half a Peking duck (半只烤鸭; bànzhī kǎoyā ) here for a paltry...
Jimingsi Lu; 鸡鸣寺路 · interesting places nearby
Jīmíng Temple information
Alongside the city's Ming walls and Xuánwǔ Lake (Xuánwǔ Hú) is Buddhist Jīmíng Temple, first built in AD 527 during the Three Kingdoms period and rebuilt many times. The seven-storey-tall Yàoshīfó Pagoda (药师佛塔) offers views over Xuánwǔ Lake. Enter the base of the pagoda to see the spectacle of hundreds of gold Buddha figures in cabinets and then head up to the rear of the temple for a lovely walk along the city wall (admission ¥15; 8am to 4pm).
It's a fantastic journey along the overgrown ramparts, with long views over the lake.The temple also has a small shrine to the Indian monk and godfather to Shàolín boxing Bodhidharma (Damo), illustrated with a solitary shoe. Legend attests how, when Bodhidharma's grave was exhumed, it was empty but for a single shoe and it was assumed the monk had gone travelling with the other! The temple is the most active in Nánjīng and is packed with worshippers during the Lunar New Year. Jīmíng Temple also has a popular vegetarian restaurant and is served by its very own namesake metro station (Jimingsi), on line 3.