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Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Nánjīng

Línggǔ Temple Scenic Area

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

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 Chinese visitors. Reverentially referred to as guófù (国父; Father of the Nation), Dr S…
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Nánjīng Museum

This fabulous museum had a massive and lavish expansion in 2013 with a brand new, dramatically modern exhibition block added next to its traditional, temple-style hall. All sleekly designed with lashings of marble a…
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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. Bal…
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Xiānmǎn Táng Shíguō Mǐxiàn

If you've only ¥16 to your name and you're half-starved, hand your cash over to the staff. For ¥16 to ¥18 you can get a vast steaming bowl of rice noodles with copious amounts of chicken, beef, pork or fish thrown i…
Top Choice Gardens in Nánjīng

Zhān Garden

If you don't have time to get to Sūzhōu, visit this delightful traditional Chinese garden at the heart of town. The Taiping History Museum belongs to the garden, but it's the garden itself that's the real draw. With…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Nánjīng

Qīxiá Temple

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

Zhu Yuanzhang (1328–1398), the founding emperor of the Ming dynasty (also known as the Hongwu Emperor), was buried in the tomb of Míng Xiàolíng; he was the only Ming emperor buried outside Běijīng. The area surround…
Top Choice Memorial in Nánjīng

Memorial Hall of the Nánjīng Massacre

In the city’s southwestern suburbs, the disturbing exhibits in the Memorial Hall of the Nánjīng Massacre document the atrocities committed by Japanese soldiers against the civilian population during the occupation o…
Top Choice Jiangsu in Nánjīng

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 fr…