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Nanjing City 4 days 3 nights Tour Route A

Nanjing Tourist Attractions:
Yangtze River Bridge, Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum, Xuanwu Lake, Mingxiao Tomb,
Zhonghua Gate, Former President's House of China, Confucius Temple, Qinghuai Scenic Night Cruise

Highlights:

* Known as the Capital City of six dynasties in China's history, Nanjing has a brilliant cultural heritage that worth a tour. For almost two thousand years Nanjing has been a center of commerce, politics, and culture
* This tour about covers all the prime areas of interest in Nanjing, and accompanying you will be your local guide, who will give you the best information and tips in order to ensure you a great visit
* On your final night in Nanjing you'll go on a night cruise of the Qianhuai River, Nanjing's central river, allowing you to see the gardens, temples, and lanterns glowing in the light

B=(Breakfast) L=(lunch) D=(dinner)  DEPARTURE: Daily


 

TOUR ITINERARY

Tour code:
GWAC-NJ-01
Day Activities Hotel

DAY 1


Arrive in Nanjing


You will fly into the Nanjing airport or take a train to Nanjing, and upon arrival you will be met by your local English-speaking guide. You'll be taken to your hotel, a 3 or 4 star hotel for common tours, and a 5 star hotel for luxury tours.

After getting some time to freshen up and unpack, you'll get in a bit of sightseeing today by visiting the Yangtze River Bridge. This is the first bridge to be independently designed and constructed by the Chinese themselves. The bridge was added to the Guinness World Records as the world's longest bridge featuring the dual functions of a highway and a railway.

3 or 4 star for common; 5 star for deluxe

DAY 2

Nanjing Tour (B, L)


Today will be a complete day of touring and visiting Nanjing's attractions. After breakfast in the hotel, we'll visit the tomb of one of the most important figures in modern China at Dr. Sun Yat Sen's Mausoleum. Sun Yat-Sen (Nov. 12, 1866 to March 12, 1925) was probably the most important political figure and revolutionary in China around the turn of the 20th century. One of his legacies was publishing his political philosophy called the "Three Principles" of nationalism, democracy and people's livelihood. He said that his three principles were inspired by Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Understanding his life and influence in the world will help people to understand modern China and Taiwan.

He died in 1925 in Beijing. Just before his death, he reiterated something he had said before: “I wish that after my death I could be buried at the foot of the Purple Mountain in Nanjing because Nanjing was where the Provisional Government of the Republic of China was established, and we should never forget the Revolution of 1911.�

The mausoleum is very big, and there is a big gate at the entrance to the area in front of the grand stairway. It was built between 1926 and 1929. In the center of the hall is a 4.6-meter-high statue, and there is a white marble coffin. The mausoleum was built by the Republic of China government. In 1929, his body was carried there.

Next well take a stroll by Xuanwu Lake. Situated at the foot of Mt. Zhongshan, Xuanwu Lake is a beautiful scenic spot as well as containing one of the three most famous lakes in Nanjing. Surrounding it are Circumvallation, Mt. Jiuhua, and Jiming Temple. The lake covers an are of 444 hectares with a coastline of kilometers in circumferences. The history of Xuanwu can be traced back to the Pre-Qin perio (21stcentury BC-221BC). According to legend, in the Southern Dynasty a black dragon was seen in the lake. Chinese Daoists believed that the black dragon appeared as the uniform of a turtle and snake, called Xuanwu. Hence, the lake was called Xuanwu Lake. Another legend stated that when Sun Quan, the King of Eastern Wu Kingdom settled down in the region, he brought water in and made this lake. Geological studies show that the lake was actually formed by the movements of the geological plates when Mt. Yanshan was formed.

In the long history of China, the lake has been used by many dynasties as an ideal place to train their waterborne troops. Many military demonstrations had been held here and a lot of battles were fought here. Therefore, the lake was also called “Military Rehearsal Lake� or “Kunming Lake�. At the end of the Qing Dynasty, the lake was turned into a park. Today, the lake is much more beautiful with its water and colorful mountains.

We'll learn a bit more about the ancient history of this city at the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum. It is the tomb of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang of Ming Dynasty, which is one of the biggest Emperor Mausoleums existed now. The construction of the mausoleum began in 1383 and has more than 600-year history.

The mausoleum consists of two parts: front and behind part, surrounding by 45-kilometer stonewall. The mausoleum was heavily constructed and planted. The front part begins from the place of jumping off the horse at that time to Sifangcheng (Rectangular city). You can enjoy the stone animals guarding the tomb, a pair of decorative columns, couples of ministers and generals have been standing there for centuries to accompany their Majesty beneath along the way and the sacred way. The behind part includes portal, stele inscribed with 4 Chinese characters, which was written by Emperor Kangxi in his third inspection tour, Xiaoling Hall, Bao City and so on. Emperor Zhu and his queen ere buried behind Bao City. The red portal of the mausoleum lies in the north and face to the south, which is the best direction for Chinese. The name of the tomb "Mingxiao Ling" was printed on the head of the gate. Two pavilions behind it were destroyed, but you can still imagine the fantastic scale from the relics.

3 or 4 star for common; 5 star for deluxe

DAY 3

Nanjing Tour (B, L)

After breakfast we'll get started with the day's sightseeing at the Zhonghua Gate, a relic of the city's ancient city wall. Zhonghua Men Gate is the largest castle-style gate among the 13 ancient city gates in Nanjing. It's the best preserved and, architecturally, most complicated ancient castle in the world. The elaborately designed castle contains three closed courtyards and four arched gates serving as entrances to the city.

During the early 20th Century, Nanjing was China's political capital (Taiwan still claims Nanjing as its capital), and we'll see some of the traces of that lofty past at the President's Palace. The President Palace dates from the Ming Dynasty, and was expanded and renamed the "Heavenly King Palace" during the time of Taiping's Heavenly Kingdom, a power established by rebels during the Qing dynasty. In 1912 the palace served as the headquarters of Dr, Sun Yat Sen's government.

Then it is off to the Confucius Temple, a reminder of the lasting legacy of the great sage. Confucius (Kong Fuzi) who taught philosophy in China 2,500 years ago is considered the most important figure in the shaping of ancient Chinese civilization as well as the cultures of the countries of Japan, Vietnam, and Korea. The Confucius Temple is south of the city's central district. There was a temple that was built in the year 1034 during the Song Dynasty period on the banks of the Qinhuai River. During the past millennium, it was renovated, reconstructed, and enlarged so that it became a large complex. It was used by Confucian scholars. Next to it was the Jiangnan Gongyuan that was the largest examination area for people taking the imperial examinations and the Xue Gong that was the Qing Imperial Academy for training mandarins to govern the vast empire.

We'll conclude your time in fitting fashion, with a cruise down the scenic Qinhuai River. Qinhuai River, a branch of the great Yangtze River, is 110 kilometers (about 68 miles) in length and covers a drainage area of 2,631 square kilometers (about 1,016 square miles). The river was originally called Huai River, and it is said that the river was channeled to the city of Nanjing during the reign of Qin Shihuang, so it was named Qinhuai River from then on. Qinhuai River is the largest river in the Nanjing City area and is the "life blood" of the city. Qinhuai River is so fascinating that it captures the imaginations of people both at home and abroad. In ancient times, the river is lined with tea houses, restaurants, brothels and stores; crowded with boats, bright lanterns in the evenings, music and laughter. Now it has become the most unique cultural area with distinctive local characteristics combining commerce, tourism and folklore. With the Confucius Temple at its center, this location offers a combination of historical sites, gardens, painted boats, streets and folk customs.

Among the sights from the river, the painted boat from which lanterns hang is the most charming and attractive, and which adds a festive feeling to the Qinhuai River in the evening. Floating lights are the most famous view on the Qinhuai River. On the river, any boat or ship, large or small, will have hanging on it colored lamps.

3 or 4 star for common; 5 star for deluxe

DAY 4

Departure

Following breakfast in the hotel, you'll be driven to the Nanjing airport or train station, and you'll fly on to your next destination, ending your stay in Nanjing. If you would like to extend your stay in China then please go to our China City Tours and China Package Tours pages to find out about more of the great destinations in China we offer!
  3 or 4 star for common; 5 star for deluxe

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