Historical Museum of Taiping Heavenly Kingdom

The Historical Museum of Taiping Heavenly Kingdom is the only national museum of particular history subject on the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom. Its site, Zhanyuan Garden, is the only well-preserved Ming-style architectural complex in Nanjing. It was first built during the early Ming dynasty (1368 AD) by the general Xu Da, being a backyard garden of his residence. Since 1958, the Historical Museum of Taiping Heavenly Kingdom started to operate in Zhanyuan Garden. To this day, it has experienced the vicissitudes of the history of more than 600 years.

Jinghai Temple

The Jinghai Temple lies at the southwestern foot of the Lion Hill, with the Tianfei Temple on its east and the city moat on the west. The temple occupies a space of about 20,000 square meters, making it one of the largest temples in Nanjing. It was built during the reign of Emperor Yongle in praise of Zheng He for his merits in his navigation to the Western Oceans. The name “Jinghai” literally means “peace and ocean” in Chinese, which indicates the Emperor's blessings for the fleet.  Zheng himself lived in the temple to spend his later years as well.

Tianfei Temple

After Zheng He succeeded in returning from his first voyage to the Western Oceans, the Yongle Emperor of the Ming Dynasty ordered to build the Tianfei Temple at the foot of the Lion Hill, Gulou District, Nanjing. It was constructed to express thanks to Tianfei, also called as Goddess of the Seven Seas, for her blessing and protection of the safe navigation of the fleet over the oceans. It is now rebuilt as the witness of the great voyages led by Zheng He and part of the ancient Maritime Silk Road in China.

Nanjing Taicheng Wall

Located on the north part of the Jiming Hill and the south bank of Xuanwu Lake, the Nanjing Taicheng Wall is a section of the ancient Ming Great Wall extending westwards from the Jiefang Gate. While ascending the Taicheng Wall, you can revel in the vast scenery of its surroundings: look east to the verdure of Zhongshan Mountain, immerse yourself in the bells of the western Jiming Temple in the distance, enjoy the blue waters of the Xuanwu Lake in the north or turn around to embrace the stunning view of Jiuhua Mountain.

Ruins of the Ming Palace

Located on the northern and southern sides of Zhongshan Road, the Ming Palace covers an area of more than one million square meters, making it the world's largest palace in medieval history. Zhu Di, an Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, even built Beijing Imperial Palace in imitation of Ming Palace when he moved the capital from Nanjing to Beijing. It exerts a profound influence on the architectural layout and form of many palace buildings, including not only royal buildings built in the Ming Dynasty but also those in foreign lands.

The Grand Baoen Temple Heritage and Scenic Area

The Grand Baoen Temple Heritage and Scenic Area is situated outside the Zhonghua Gate, the south gate of Nanjing City. The former royal temple in the Ming Dynasty is known as the oldest and largest temple with the highest standard in China's history. The glazed pagoda inside the temple used to rank among the seven wonders of the medieval world for its huge size. As a well-received iconic building, it was admired by Westerners in the Middle Ages and even printed on the take-out boxes that appeared in the Bing Bang, an American drama filmed in modern times.

The Oriental Metropolitan Museum

Interested in the history of the Six Dynasties in ancient China? Come and visit the Oriental Metropolitan Museum in Nanjing! The museum is part of the ruins of the original Jiankang city (present-day Nanjing) of the Six Dynasties. Here you will be amazed at a rich variety of cultural exhibits dating back to thousands years ago. Feast your eyes on unearthed cultural relics ranging from celadon ware to terracotta figurines, ancient gravestone with an epitaph, historic building components, stone carvings and calligraphy and paintings works.

Li Yu (Southen Tang)

Li Yu(937–978), also known as Houzhu of Southern Tang (南唐后主), was the last ruler of the Southern Tang Kingdom from 961 to 975 during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period. He was also a well-known poet, even to the extent of having been called the "first true master" of the ci form.