Xuánwǔ Lake Park
This verdant 530-hectare park, backing onto the Ming-dynasty city wall, has a connected network of five isles spread across its lake....
Zǐjīn Mountain Scenic Area
Dominating the eastern fringes of Nánjīng is Zǐjīn Mountain (紫金山; Zǐjīn Shān), or 'Purple-Gold Mountain', a heavily forested area of...
A Simple Diet
This busy restaurant serves excellent xiǎolóng tāngbāo (小笼汤包; soup dumplings) and is by far the best place in the Shīžqío strip to grab...
Lonely Planet review
Close to the Ming walls and Xuánwǔ Lake (Xuánwǔ Hú) is the Buddhist Jīmíng Temple, which was first built in AD 527 during the Three Kingdoms period. It’s been rebuilt many times since, but has retained the same name (which literally translates as ‘rooster crowing’) since 1387. This temple is the most active temple in Nánjīng and is packed with worshippers during the Lunar New Year. The seven-storey-tall Yàoshīfó Pagoda (药师佛塔) offers views over Xuánwǔ Lake. Walk up to the rear of the temple and out onto the city wall (admission ¥15). Tufts of grass poke out from between the stones and you can embark on a lengthy and fabulous jaunt east along the overgrown ramparts. Buses Y1 and 304 can get you here.