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Nanjing

Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu province, and is also one of seven ancient capitals in China. It has beautiful scenery and many famous scenic and historic sites.

Nanjing has a long history. Six dynasties of Wu, Eastern Jin, Song, Qi, Liang and Chen, chose Nanjing as their capital. Later on, Southern Tang Dynasty, Ming Dynasty, Taiping Heavenly Kingdon and the Republic of China also made Nanjing their capital. After founding of the People's Republic of China, Nanjing bacame the capital of Jiangsu province and the largest comprehensive industrial city of this province.

Nanjing witnessed the triangular balance of power of the Three Kingdoms, the ups and downs of six dynasties, the insult inflicted on contemporary China, as well as Xinhai Revolution of 1911 and War of Resistance against Japan. After founding of the People's Republic of China, Nanjing has experienced rapid economic growth. It is one of the biggest open industrial cities in the lower reaches of Yangtze River and the coastal areas of East China. It is also a famous water-land transportation hub.

Nanjing is an important tourist resort in China. Many scenic and historical sites, such as Xuanwu Lake, Qinhuai River, Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, and Terrace of Raining Flowers, are strewn all over this pleasant city.

Zhonghua Gate
Zhonghua Gate is the biggest city gate in Nanjing, which is made up of three urnlike city walls and four gates. It is 128 m long from south to north and 118.5 m wide from east to west, covering an area of 15,168 square m. The wall, 21.45 m high, is a magnificent project of complicated structure and fine design. It takes a significant position in Chinese history of city wall construction.

Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum
Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum is built to commenorate Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the great pioneer of democratic revolution in China. This mausoleum, like a big bell, ascends from the south to the north by 392 steps. Whole building complex is designed to display a solemn and majestic air, know as "the best mausoleum in the history of Chinese contemporary architecture".

Qinhuai River
Qinhuai River, a famous scenic spot, consists of the inner river and outer river. The inner river is in the city of Nanjing. which is the busier place along ten-mile Qinhuai. The biggest attraction of Qinhuai River is lantern boats which can be traced back to Ming Dynasty. All the boats on the river, big or small, hang colorful lanterns up and everyone visiting here enjoys the pleasure of taking a ride on the boats.

Confucius Temple
Locate on the northern bank of Qinhuai River, Confucius Temple was first built in 1034, and was originally a place for enshrining and offering sacrifice for Confucius. Now it has become a place where local people can have some cultural activities. The construction of this ancient complex, including surrounding teahouse, restaurant and stores, were all built in the style of Ming and Qing dynasties. More than 200 different traditional foods and local delicates are available there.

Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge
Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is the first double-decker and double-line bridge of road and railway designed and built independently by Chinese. Whole bridge looks splendid, like a rainbow hanging over the river. It is a milestone in Chinese history of bridge construction and a pride of Chinese.

Do you know?

Two or three million years ago, Terrace of Raining Flowers was only a slight depression. A large number of agate pebbles were brought down by water from the upper reaches of a river. Later the earth crust began to rise, and the river shoals became highland. Since then beautiful pebbles were left on Terrace of Raining Flowers.
 
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