Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu Province. It’s 1.5 hour away from Shanghai by bullet train (train fare a little over 100 yuan).
Things to do
Nanjing City Wall (南京明城墙): the City Wall of Nanjing was designed by Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang after he founded the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and established Nanjing as the capital 600 years ago. To consolidate his sovereignty and keep out invaders, he adopted the suggestions of advisor Zhu Sheng to build a higher city wall to collect grains and to postpone the coronation. The City Wall took 21 years to complete, and used 200,000 laborers to move 7 million cubic meters of earth. The City Wall of Nanjing was among the largest city walls ever constructed in China.
Where to eat?
Feeling hungry after some proper sightseeing? Here we provide a few options for you to try out some of the top-rated food of Nanjing.
Must-try: Soup dumplings (汤包) at Jiming Steamed Dumpling (鸡鸣汤包)
Zhangyun Banya Shop (translated as Zhangyun pressed salted duck shop) is a deli-and-takeaway. If you are looking for something to pair with your beers, look no further.
Must-try: crisp-skinned roast duck (脆皮烤鸭)
Liji Halal Restaurant (李记清真馆) Address: Pingshi street Dading Alley No.1 (Jinjianye Road)
Must-try: pan-fried beef dumplings (牛肉锅贴)