NANJING, A PORT CITY ON THE YANGTZE RIVER, IS AS NATURALLY STUNNING AS IT IS CULTURALLY SIGNIFICANT.

One of four of China’s Great Ancient Capitals, Nanjing is a vibrant metropolis that merges art and culture with education and industry. Explore one of China’s first museums, taste exquisite cuisine, and soak up the natural splendor of lush green hillsides of the Jiangsu Province. A vibrant history of war, peace, and prosperity makes this one of China’s most important and influential cities.

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Mandarin
Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)

DISCOVERIES

CONFUCIUS TEMPLE MARKET
PINGJIANGFU ROAD
Confucius Temple Market

From silk scarves and jade bracelets to clay teapots, an assortment of traditional accessories and housewares are on offer. This cluster of lively shops and stalls form a lively marketplace around the peaceful haven of Confucius Temple. During the Lantern Festival, which takes place around the time of the Chinese New Year, hundreds of paper lanterns glow overhead.

LIBRAIRIE AVANT-GARDE
173 GUANGZHOU RD, GULOU
Librairie Avant-Garde

A contemporary shrine to the written word, the Librairie Avant-Garde makes every bibliophile’s must-visit list. Sift through the mostly Chinese-language titles from the miles of books stacked in a former bomb shelter, and linger at the cafe over a cup of coffee and a snack.

NANJING MUSEUM
321 ZHONGSHAN E RD, XUANWU
Nanjing Museum

Architecturally bold, Nanjing Museum is comprised of two distinct styles. The traditional Eastern-style structure with a golden-tiled roof was built in the 1930s, and a soaring contemporary art hall by Steven Holl architects added in 2001. One of the first established museums in China, it’s also one of the largest . Wander the exhibition halls displaying ceramics, porcelain, paintings and lacquerware from the museum’s massive permanent collection.

PILU TEMPLE
4 HANFU STREET
Pilu Temple

A golden statue of Buddha presides over a rosewood altar. Oranges sit as offerings amongst the holy relics of monks. Here, in this sacred space, a tranquility fills the vast halls and peaceful courtyards of one of Nanjing’s oldest temples. Dating from the 16th century Ming Dynasty, this immense complex is a haven within the midst of Nanjing. The aroma of sandalwood incense lingers in grand halls and quiet inner courtyards, drifting around prayer scrolls, and inspiring contemplation.

QINHUAI RIVER CRUISE
STONE CITY WHARF
Qinhuai River cruise

Set sail on a traditional lantern-festooned boat for a scenic cruise along the Qinhuai River, the main waterway in Nanjing and a branch of the Yangtze River. Take in life along the river and notable sites such as Zhanyuan Garden, Confucius Temple, and the China Gate from a comfortable watery perch.

SHIZIQIAO STREET FOOD STALLS
SHIZIQIAO PEDESTRIAN STREET, BETWEEN HUNAN ROAD AND HUBEI ROAD, GULOU DISTRICT
Shiziqiao Street Food Stalls

Step out in the glow of neon signs lining the Shiziqiao Street, a bustling pedestrian walkway where locals and visitors alike satisfy culinary cravings. Snack on plump pork dumplings from a small storefront cafe, sample lamb kabobs from a street corner stall, or pop into a restaurant for a more formal meal of traditional Nanjing delicacies.

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