Nanjing is a beautiful, dynamic city on the banks of the Yangtze River. One of China’s four ancient capitals, Nanjing is a collision of old and new, past and future.
From Lonely Planet: Nanjing:
“Nánjīng, Jiāngsū’s capital, lies in the southwest on the lower stretches of the Yangzi River. It’s one of China’s more pleasant and prosperous cities, with wide leafy boulevards, chic apartment blocks and mile-high office towers, set among a beautiful landscape of lakes, forested parks and rivers.
“The city sports a long historical heritage and has twice served briefly as the nation’s capital, first in the early years of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) and second as the capital of the Republic of China in the early years of the 20th century. Most of Nánjīng’s major attractions are reminders of the city’s former glory under the Ming.
“Today’s Nánjīng is a cosmopolitan mix of old and new, where crumbling ruins stand side by side with shopping mega-plazas. Home to several excellent universities and a large foreign student population, the city boasts many international restaurants and a lively nightlife.”
From Fodor’s: Nanjing:
“Nanjing offers travelers significantly more sites of historical importance than Shanghai. Among the most impressive are the massive Ming Dynasty sections of the city wall, built to surround and protect the city in the 14th century. There are also a number of traditional monuments, tombs, and gates that reflect the glory of Nanjing’s capital days.
“The city lies on the Yangtze, and the colossal Second Bridge or the more subdued park at Swallow Rock are great places for viewing the river. The sheer amount of activity on the river is testimony to its continued importance as a corridor for shipping and trade. Downtown, the streets are choked with traffic, but the chaotic scene is easily avoided with a visit to any of the large parks. You can also take a short taxi ride to Ziin (Purple) Mountain, where quiet trails lead between Ming Tombs and the grand mausoleum of Sun Yat-sen.”