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Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Nanjing

Linggu Temple Scenic Area

Linggu Temple Scenic Area

This expansive temple complex contains one of the most historic buildings in Nanjing – the Beamless Hall (无梁殿, Wúliáng Diàn), built in 1381 entirely out of brick and stone and containing no beam supports....

Top ChoiceMemorial in Nanjing

Sun Yatsen Mausoleum

Sun Yatsen Mausoleum

An astonishing sight at the top of an enormous stone stairway (a breathless 392 steps), Sun Yatsen's tomb is a mandatory stop for most visitors. Reverentially referred to as guófù (国父, Father of the Nation), Dr...

Top ChoiceBar in Suzhou

Birdland

Friendly staff speak excellent English and there is an ever-changing selection of 15 well-kept, local brews on tap. There are also tasty burgers, pizza and potato wedges on the menu. On the ground floor of...

Top ChoiceCafe in Nanjing

Element Fresh

Ever-trendy Element Fresh gives the iffy Nánjīng cafe culture a good kick in the pants. The setting is smooth, the ambient tunes funky, the lines clean, the wholesome menu a delight and candles come on at night....

Top ChoiceMuseum in Nanjing

Nanjing Museum

Nanjing Museum

This fabulous museum has three dramatically modern exhibition blocks alongside a traditional, temple-style hall. Exhibits range from 20th-century brush-and-ink paintings to ancient calligraphy (including sutra...

Top ChoicePub in Suzhou

Locke Pub

Locke Pub is a key part of Suzhou's social and cultural scene, as much a community social space as a pub. As well as serving imported bottled beers, wine and cocktails, Locke hosts regular events and is a great...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Nanjing

Hermit

Hermit offers two playfully sophisticated bars in one. Start downstairs at the science-themed beer bar, before heading up the candlelit stairway to an intimate whisky-and-cocktail bar. Up here you'll find...

Top ChoiceStreet in Suzhou

Pingjiang Lu

On the eastern side of the city, this canalside road has whitewashed local houses sitting comfortably side by side with teahouses and trendy cafes selling overpriced beverages. Duck down some of the side streets...

Top ChoiceLandmark in Suzhou

Pan Gate Scenic Area

This quiet part of Suzhou is lovely, with a section of the city wall straddling the outer moat in the southwest corner of the city. Dating from 1355, the gate backs onto a delightful scenic area, dotted with old...

Top ChoiceSpanish in Suzhou

Toro Loco

Upmarket Spanish restaurant and cocktail bar on the 37th floor of the W Hotel. As well as excellent food, drinks and service, this place also has a terrace bar on the 38th floor that has amazing views over Jinji...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Nanjing

Qixia Temple

This sacred site on Qixia Mountain (栖霞山, Qīxiá Shān), 22km northeast of Nanjing, was founded by the Buddhist monk Ming Sengshao during the Southern Qi dynasty, and remains an active place of worship. Long one of...

Top ChoiceTomb in Nanjing

Ming Xiaoling Tomb

Ming Xiaoling Tomb

Zhu Yuanzhang (1328–1398), the founding emperor of the Ming dynasty (also known as the Hongwu Emperor), was buried in the tomb of Ming Xiaoling; he was the only Ming emperor buried outside Beijing. The area...

Top ChoicePark in Suzhou

Tiger Hill

In the far northwest of town, Tiger Hill is a major drawcard for Chinese tourists, and the beacon that draws them is the leaning Cloud Rock Pagoda (云岩塔, Yúnyán Tǎ) atop the hill. The octagonal seven-storey pagoda...

Top ChoiceMemorial in Nanjing

Memorial Hall of the Nanjing Massacre

In the city’s southwestern suburbs, the disturbing exhibits in the Memorial Hall of the Nanjing Massacre document the atrocities committed by Japanese soldiers against the civilian population during the...

Top ChoiceGardens in Suzhou

Garden of the Master of the Nets

Off Shiquan Jie, this pocket-sized garden is considered one of Suzhou's best preserved. Laid out in the 12th century, it went to seed and was later restored in the 18th century as part of the home of a retired...

Top ChoiceJiangsu in Nanjing

Dàpái Dàng

This hectic, fun and vast place, decorated like a Qing dynasty eatery, with waiters scurrying around in period garb and lanterns hanging overhead, is deservedly packed out. There's a handy photo menu for ordering...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Suzhou

Suzhou Museum

This stunning museum, one of only two in mainland China designed by IM Pei, is a modern interpretation of Suzhou architecture, with its confluence of water, courtyards and a distinctive grey-and-white motif....

Top ChoiceNoodles in Suzhou

Tóng Dé Xīng

This institution has been serving up classic Suzhou-style soup noodles for 200 years. The delicious broth, which is made fresh each night from herbs, spices and a variety of animal bones, is the key component –...

Top ChoiceGardens in Suzhou

Humble Administrator’s Garden

The largest of Suzhou's gardens, the Humble Administrator’s Garden is often considered to be the most impressive, but its fame draws in constant crowds, which are part of the experience. First built in 1509, this...

Top ChoiceBooks in Nanjing

Librairie Avant-Garde

Housed in a disused parking lot under Wutaishan Stadium, this astonishingly vast indie bookshop has very few foreign-language books, but the left-field ambience and comfortable seating make it a must for...