Nanjing, once the capital of China, is still an integral part of the country. This tour includes historical and cultural sites in order to help you understand Nanjing’s history.
What to Expect
You will make your own way to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway station for your train to Nanjing.Your round-trip train tickets will be purchased and delivered to your hotel in Shanghai downtown a day before the tour.
When you arrive at Nanjing meet your guide at Nanjing Railway station and then transfer to visit the Chaotian Gong or the “Heaven Palace”. The buildings which can be seen today at the Chaotian Gong were actually constructed in the nineteenth century, and now house a museum. This museum holds an interesting collection which includes fragments of the porcelain pagoda and the fifteenth century Ming Dynasty monument destroyed in the course of the Taiping Rebellion.
Then you will be taken to visit the Zhonghua Gate. Zhonghua Gate (translated as the Chinese Gate) is the south gate of Nanjing City, Jiangsu province. A precious cultural relic, Zhonghua Gate has the double distinction of being the biggest castle-style city gate in China, and a structural element of the most complicated castle in the world. It is the castle's magnificent scale, delicate structure, and the great skill with which it was built, that bequeath it an important place in China's military and architectural traditions.
Following our visit to the Zhonghua Gate, you will have lunch at a local restaurant to try some traditional dishes from Nanjing. After lunch, you'll visit the Nanjing Confucius Temple (also known as Fuzimiao).
Nanjing’s Confucius Temple was originally constructed in the year 1034, in the Song Dynasty. It was a place to worship and consecrate Confucius, the greatest philosopher and educator of ancient China, and a man whose teachings still influence Chinese society to this day.
You will then be taken on a cruise on the Qinhuai River, a branch of the great Yangtze River, which is about 110 kilometers (about 68 miles) in length and covers a drainage area of 2,631 square kilometers (about 1,016 square miles). It was originally called the Huai River, and it's said the river was channeled to the city of Nanjing during the reign of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, so it was named Qinhuai River from then on.
And finally, we will visit the Mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, which is situated at the foot of the second peak of Mount Zijin. Construction of the tomb started in 1926, taking three years. On first July 1929, Dr. Sun was buried there. He was respected as the Father of Modern China since he fought unyieldingly against the corrupt Qing government, and led the 1911 revolution to end feudal system and found the Republic of China, leading Chinese people into a new era. He died in 1925 in Beijing.
Transfer to the railway station for your fast train to Shanghai with the rest of the day on your own arrangement.
- Railway station pick-up & drop-off service
- English-speaking tour guide in Nanjing
- Transfer in an air-conditioned vehicle
- Entrance tickets to the attractions as listed in the itinerary
- Meals as per the itinerary
What's Not Included
- Additional snacks and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)