Culture Experiences in Nanjing China

The Center of Buddhism Culture

The Center of Buddhism Culture – A Place for Pilgrimage and Worship of Buddhism.

Since the introduction and spreading of Buddhism into China nearly 2000 years ago, Nanjing had played a decisive role in the development of the Buddhism in China. A lot of famous temples and Buddhist monks appeared here in history. Archaeological findings reappeared the parietal bone of Sakyamuni which has been treasured under the relics of a famous temple in the early Ming Dynasty recently. Therefore Nanjing becomes a Buddhism culture center in China.

Famous Temples Recommended:

Qixia Temple

Ticket: 20 RMB (Rise in price during the Maple Leaf Festival)

Tel: +86 25 85768152

Add: No.88, Qixia Street, Qixia District

Opening hours: 7:00-17:00

Transportation: Bus 138, 南栖线,南上线 / Qixiasi Stop

Driving Route: Xuanwu Dadao- Ningzhen Road

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Xuanzang Temple

Add: On the top of Jiuhua Hill
Ticket: 10 RMB

Tel: +86 25 83213373

Add: Jiuhua Shanzhuang, Beijing East Street.

Opening hours: 8:30-17:30

Transportation: Bus 2,11,20,24,44,48,67,70,140/Beijing Donglu Stop

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Jiming Temple

Ticket: 7 RMB

Tel: +86 25 57715595

Add: NO.1, Jimingsi

Opening hours: 7:00-17:00

Transportation: Bus1,2,3,11,20,24,31,44,48,52,67,70,304/Jimingsi Lu Stop

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Historical Relics of Ming Dynasty

Historical Relics of Ming Dynasty – Seeking Treasures of the Middle Ages in China

1. Xiaoling Tomb Complex

Xiaoling Tomb is the burial place of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang, founder of the Ming Dynasty. It has been listed as a World Cultural Heritage.

Ticket: 70 RMB

Tel: +86 25 84446111

Opening hours: 8:30-17:00

Transportation: Metro Line 2/ Muxu Station, Bus 3, 20, 315 / Mingxiaoling Stop

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2. Zhonghua City-Gate

World No.1 Citadel and the biggest wall gate of the Ming Dynasty.

Ticket: 34 RMB

Tel: +86 25 86625435

Opening hours: 8:30-21:00

Transportation: Bus 88/ Zhonghuamennei Stop, Bus 14,23,33,43,46, 81,87/ Changlelu Stop

3. Chaotian Palace

A center for ancestor wordship during the Ming Dynasty and a private temple and academy dedicated to Confucius.

Ticket: 20 RMB

Tel: +86 25 84200177

Add: NO.4, Chaotiangong

Opening hours: 8:00-16:00

Transportation: Bus 4, 48,82,83/Chaotiangong Stop

4. Yuejiang Pavilion

Praised as one of the four famous towers in Jiangnan, Yuejiang Pavilion is unique for its particular history and royal style.

Ticket: 40 RMB

Tel.: +86 25 58590255, 58590298, 58590297, 5859029

Add: No.202, Jianning Street.

Opening hours: 
7:00-18:00 (April-October)
7:30-17:30 (November-March)

Transportation: Bus 10,12,21,54,150 / Daqiaofandian Stop

5. Yangshan Stele

The biggest stone tablet in the history of the world.

Ticket: CNY 40

Tel: +86 25 84111108

Add: Tangshan Jiedao, Jiangning District

Opening hours: 8:00-17:00

Transportation: Bus No. 845 Loop Line 1/2

6. Mochou Lake Park

With the name coming from a beautiful legend, the park is pleasant lined with Chinese flowering apple and full of lotus flower.

Ticket: 30 RMB

Tel: +86 25 86661790

Add: No.132, Shuiximen Dajie

Opening hours: 8:00-17:00

Transportation: Metro Line 2, Bus 4, 7, 13, 23, 37, 41, 48, 306 / Mochouhu GongRMB Stop

Republican-era Architecture

Republican-era Architecture – Tracing the History and Culture of the Republic of China

1. Dr.Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum

Located at the south side of the Purple Montain, it is Dr.Sun Yat-sen's mausoleum who is recognized as the father of modern China.

Ticket: Free

Tel: +86 25 84446111

Opening hours: 8:30-17:00(Closed every Monday)

Transportation: Metro Line 2/ Xiamafang Station; Bus 1, 9 / Zhongshanling Stop

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2. Presidential Palace

The history which has threaded through the Presidential Palace is rich, and it has been known as the museum of Chinese modern history.

Ticket: 40 RMB

Tel: +86 25 84578700

Add: No.292, Changjiang Rd.

Opening hours: 8:00-17:00

Transportation: Metro Line 2/ Daxinggong Station, Bus1, 2,29,44,65,95 / Zongtongfu Stop

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4. The Memorial of Meiyuan New Village

The site of the 1946-1947 attempt at peace talks between the envoys of the Kuomintang and the Communist Party delegation led by Zhou Enlai.

Ticket: Free

Tel: +86 25 84540739

Add: No.18-1, Hanfu Rd.

Opening hours: 8:30-16:30 (Closed every Monday)

Transportation: Metro Line 2 / Daxinggong Station, Bus1, 2, 29, 44, 65, 95 / Zongtongfu Stop

5. Chiang Kai-shek Hot Spring Villa

An exclusive hot spring villa for Chiang Kai-shek.

Ticket: 12 RMB

Tel: +86 25 68582668

Add: No.3, Wenquan Street, Jiangning District

Opening hours: 8:30-17:00

Transportation: Metro Line 2 to Maqun Station, and change "宁句线" to Tangshan Stop

6. 1912 Leisure Block

Consisted of more than 20 buildings which are all Republican-era structures, 1912 is the nightlife center in Nanjing.

Add: Crossing of Changjiang Rd. and Taipingbei Rd., next to the Presidential Palace

Transportation: Metro Line 2 / Daxinggong Station, Bus1, 2, 3, 31, 44, 65, 68, 95, 304 / Daxinggongbei Stop

7. Former Legation Area at Yihe Road

These less-trafficked, tree-lined streets were the legation quarter and high-end residential area when the city was the capital of the Republic of China in 1930s and 1940s.

Add: Bordering Jiangsu Road to the east and Xikang Road to the west

Transportation: Bus 318 / Yihelu Stop, Bus 3,21,109,302 / Xikanglu Stop; Bus 11,24,42,56,65 / Yuquanlu Stop; Bus 78/Moganlu Stop; Bus 8,22,114 / Fuzuolu Stop

Historical Relics about Zheng He

Historical Relics about Zheng He – Following the Great Navigator's Footprints

The great navigator Zheng He, who has an intimate connection with Nanjing, is an outstanding figure with a worldwide reputation in Chinese history. He made voyages for 7 times, lasting 28 years and arrived of more than 30 countries and regions. Linking up the "Silk Road on Sea", Zheng He had made a major contribution to enhancing the friendly contacts between China and Asian-African countries.


Zheng He Park

Private garden of Zheng He's residence when he was living in Nanjing.

Ticket: Free

Tel: +86 25 84419742

Add: No.35, Taiping Xiang

Transportation: Bus 2,1,31,44,49,60,95,304 / Taipingxiang Stop


Treasure-ship Shipyard

It was the place where Zheng He had the famous ocean-going treasure boat built, which was also the starting point of the 7 journeys Zheng He made across the ocean.

Ticket: 30 RMB

Tel: +86 25 86227011

Add: No.57, Lijiang Road

Transportation: Bus 47, 72, 133, 307 / Baochuanyizhi Gongyuan Stop

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Jinghai Temple and Tianfei Palace

This historical scenic area is located at the foot of Lion Mountain near the Yangtze River, which were built by the emperors of the Ming Dynasty, to pray safety and sacrifice the Ocean God Tianfei (Macau).

Ticket: Free

Tel: +86 25 58808703 / 58801266

Add: No.284-No.288, Jianning Street

Transportation: Bus 10,12,21,54,150/ Daqiaofandian Stop

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Tomb of the King from Brunei

The tomb buried a king from Brunei, who visited China in the Ming Dynasty after Zheng He's visit to Brunei during his voyages, which is the witness to Zheng He's contribution to the communication between China and Asian countries.

Ticket: 15 RMB

Tel: +86 25 52894103

Add: Ruanjian Avenue

Transportation: Bus 120,129 / Ningshuanglu Stop


Zheng He Tomb

The tomb stands at the foot of Niushou Mountain, building as the Puhading style of Islam.

Ticket: 20 RMB

Tel: +86 25 86138528

Add: Inside the Niushou Mountain Scenic Area

Transportation: Bus 155, 安丹线 / Niushoushan Fengjingqu Stop

Museums and Memorial Halls

Museums and Memorial Halls – the Science and Education World

1. Purple Mountain Observatory

Astronomical research base of the Chinese Academy of Science.

Ticket: 15 RMB

Tel: +86 25 84440768

Opening hours: 8:30-16:30

Transportation: Bus3,20,315/ Zijinshan Suodao Stop

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2. Rain Flower Terrace

It is said that heaven rains flowers when the monk master Yunguang gave lectures on the terrace, which now includes a large museum dedicated to the martyrs during 1927 to 1949 in China.

Ticket: Free

Tel: +86 25 52430132

Add: No.215 Yuhua Rd, Yuhuatai District

Opening hours: 8:00-17:00

Transportation: Metro Line 1/ Zhonghuamen Station Bus 2, 4, 26, 33, 44, 88, 305 / Yuhuatai Stop

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3. Silk Brocade Museum

The traditional hand-weaving technology of Yun Brocade has a long history, which has been listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Ticket: Free

Tel: +86 25 58825757

Add: No.240, Chating St (East), Jianye District

Opening hours: 8:30-17:00

Transportation: Metro Line 2 / Yunjinlu Station, Bus 4, 7, 37, 61, 63 / Jiangdongmen Stop

Source by Nanjing Brocade Research Institute

4. The Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders

More than 300 thousand innocent compatriots were killed by Japanese troops in 1937. It is built right on the ruins of "ravine of 10 thousand people".

Ticket: Free

Tel: +86 25 86612230

Add: No.418 Shuiximen Street, Jianye District

Opening hours: 8:30-16:30 (Closed every Monday)

Transportation: Metro Line 2/ Yunjinlu Station; Bus 4, 7, 37, 61, 63 / Jiangdongmen Stop

5. Nanjing Science & Technology Museum

It's a place for popular science education and tourists coming here can enjoy the unique experience that is brought by science.

Ticket: 40 RMB(Free on the fourth Friday of every month)

Tel: +86 25 58076111

Add: No.9 Zijinhua Rd, Yuhuatai District

Opening hours: 9:00-15:00 (Closed every Monday and Tuesday)

Transportation: Bus 19,33,98,173 / Zijinghualu Stop

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Special Routes

Historical Sites in the Ancient Capital

Taicheng Wall, Jiming Temple, Xuanwu Lake → Xiaoling Tomb of the Ming Dynasty, Linggu Temple → Qingliang Hill, Stone City → Mochou Lake → Chaotian Palace → Confucius Temple, Ancient Residence of Wang and Xie → Qixia Mountain → Two

Folk Customs

Nanjing Museum → Nanjing Brocade Museum of China → Confucius Temple, Folk-custom Garden of Confucius Temple → Chaotian Palace (Nanjing Municipal Museum) → Ancient Lanes in South City, the Courtyard of Ganxi → Jiangning Gold Foil Plant→ Jinling Sutra Printing House → Gaochun Ancient Street → Jinniu (Golden Ox) Lake of Luhe

Waterscape of Qinhuai

Tour in a painted pleasure-boat along the outer Qinghuai River (sites along the route — Ruins of Dabao'en Temple, Changgan Bridge, Wuding Gate Park, Stone City Park, Jiangsu Television Tower, Shuimu Qinhuai, New Landscape of West City, etc.) →Tour in a painted pleasuSpecial Routesre-boat along the inner Qinghuai River (sites along the route – Dongshui Pass, the Former Residence of Wu Jingzi, Taoye Ferry, White Egret Park, Jiangnan Examination Office, Dacheng Palace, the Former Residence of Li Xiangjun, Ancient Residence of Wang and Xie, Zhanyuan Garden, Zhonghua Gate Citadel, etc.)

Landscape Gardens

Xuanwu Lake → Mochou Lake → Zhanyuan Garden, White Egret Islet → East and West Gardens of Presidential Palace → Zhongshan Botanic Garden, Plum Blossom Hill→ Qiangliang Hill Park → Pearl Spring →Nanjing Greening Exhibition Park

Riverside View

Jiangnan Naval School → the Monument in Memory of Crossing the Changjiang River Successfully → Yuejiang Tower, Jinghai Temple, Tianfei Palace → Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge → The 2nd Yangtze River Bridge →The 3rd Yangtze River Bridge → Ruins of Baochuan Shipyard → Nanjing Greening Exhibition Park → Jiangxin Island →Yanzi (Swallow) Rock→ Bagua Island