Seniors Enjoy Lovely Nanjing

Lying on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing is one of the most delightful senior destinations in China. Known as the capital city of six dynasties in ancient Chinese history, it has a brilliant cultural heritage. Nanjing’s majestic city walls are the longest of its kind in the world.

Presently an industrial city, Nanjing has mining, metallurgy, iron and steel, machinery, automobile making, synthetic fibers, a telecommunication hub with well-developed railway, water, highway, and air communication systems. One of China’s ten largest cities, Nanjing can be found 200 miles west of Shanghai, a distance that is now covered in just 1h 15min with the fastest High Speed Rails.

Nanjing, a city of 8 million, is famed for its rich culture, long history and beautiful landscape. Nanjing is one of the six famous ancient capitals of China. Except for Beijing and Xi’an no other city has had such an impact on Chinese history as Nanjing. The present city wall, 33.7 kilometers long and 12 meters high, was built between 1368 and 1398 during the reign of the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty.

Becoming capital for the first time in 229 CE, during the Three Kingdoms Period, Nanjing was later abandoned as a capital but was eventually returned to its former glory by the Emperor Hongwu, founder of the Ming dynasty.

Seniors Discover “A Cultural City”

In addition to historical sights, memorials and museums, cultural sights also attract thousands of senior visitors. The famous Confucius Temple (Fuzimiao) is not only a memorial place for the great sage but has a surrounding area bustling with shops, restaurants and a snack street housed in traditional architectural buildings.

In the city center, Nanjing Museum is a must see for all senior visitors with a collection of more than 420 thousand pieces, including about 2,000 that are rare and valued. Senior visitors had better plan on a full week to sort out the 243 attractions offered by TripAdvisor.

Its very name, “Southern Capital”, stands as a direct foil to the “Northern Capital” of Beijing, and the city is still considered the rightful capital of China by many Overseas Chinese, particularly those from Taiwan.

Senior visitors will find it easy to fill your journal with notes on the many attractions that Nanjing has to offer. Enjoy every moment in China, especially in Nanjing. jeb



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