Beijing to Shanghai

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  • 1. Ming Tomb

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    One of the largest and most important burial mounds in China, this is the final resting place of Emperor Hong Wu, the founder of the Ming Dynasty...Read More

  • 2. Confucian Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Overlooking the Qinhuai River, a tributary of the Yangtze, a Confucian Temple has stood on this spot for 1,000 years, give or take. The present...Read More

  • 3. Drum Tower

    Notable Building

    First built in 1382, the Drum Tower (Gulou in Chinese) gives the central city district its name. In ancient times, drums housed inside were...Read More

  • 4. Lingu Temple and Pagoda

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Close to the Sun Yat-sen Memorial, this temple commemorates Xuan Zang, the roving monk who brought Buddhist scriptures back to China from India...Read More

  • 5. Nanjing Massacre Memorial

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    In the winter of 1937, Japanese forces occupied Nanjing. In the space of a few days, thousands of Chinese were killed in the chaos, which became...Read More

  • 6. Nanjing Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This huge museum has a vast collection of artifacts, a whole host of dinosaur fossils, and a colorful exhibition on the Republic period after...Read More

  • 7. National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    This enormous memorial to Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the founding father of the Republic of China, contains displays on the revered leader’s life and...Read More

  • 8. Plum Blossom Hill and Sun Yat-sen Botanical Gardens

    Garden

    March and April are the best months to visit Plum Blossom Hill, when peach, pear, plum, and cherry trees explode with color and fragrance. The...Read More

  • 9. Rain Flower Terrace and Martyrs Memorial

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    This scenic area gets its name from the legend of Yunzhang, a 15th-century Buddhist monk who supposedly pleased the gods so much with his recitation...Read More

  • 10. Shou Jia Massage

    Spa–Sight

    This health center is serious about traditional Chinese medicine. The center trains and employs the visually impaired for therapeutic massage...Read More

  • 11. South Gate of City Wall

    Ruins

    Built as the linchpin of the city's defenses, this is less a gate than a complete fortress, with multiple courtyards and tunnels where several...Read More

  • 12. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Acknowledged by both the Nationalist and Communist governments as the father of modern China, Sun Yat-sen (also known as Zhong Shan) lies buried...Read More

  • 13. Swallow Rock

    City Park

    North of the city, this small park overlooking the Yangtze River is worth the trip for stirring views of Asia's longest waterway. The "rock...Read More

  • 14. Taiping Heavenly Kingdom Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Commemorating a fascinating period of Chinese history, this museum follows the life of Hong Xiuquan, a Christian who led a peasant revolt in...Read More

  • 15. Xuanwu Lake Park

    City Park

    More lake than park, this pleasant garden is bounded by one of the longer sections of the monumental city wall, which you can climb for a good...Read More

  • 16. Yangtze River Bridge

    Bridge/Tunnel

    Completed in 1968 at the height of the Cultural Revolution, this bridge was the first truly great engineering project completed solely by the...Read More

  • 17. Yuejiang Lou

    Notable Building

    Ming Dynasty founding emperor Hongwu wrote a poem describing his plans to have a tower built atop Lion Mountain, from where he could gaze out...Read More

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