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2 Days Time-efficient Nanjing Essence Tour

Nanjing Best Places to Visit


Nanjing is a low-key but definitely one of the most charming places in China. Situated in China’s most developed Yangtze River Delta, Nanjing has a prominent role in Chinese history and culture, having been the capital of many ancient dynasties and the major center of culture, economy, education, politics, research and transportation in southern China. A lot of unique heritage sites have survived, such as the ancient city wall, emperor’s mausoleums, temple of Confucius, etc., which will bring you trace back to the glorious times in Chines history. At the same time, Nanjing offers many opportunities to please and refresh your eyes. It is a city full of flowers, ancient trees, and beautiful rivers. Whenever you come, you can always find a satisfied experience.

Our 2 Days Nanjing Essence Private Tour, a fantastic customizable private tour, will lead you into the secrets of Nanjing, enlighten your knowledge about Chinese history and reveal many authentic delights of local experiences with an excellent guide of your own.

Highlights of this tour

  • Walk through the ancient gate to get up to the City Wall of Ming Dynasty which was built more than 600 years ago and enjoy a leisure stroll;
  • Visit the most magnificent imperial mausoleum in China - Xiao Ling Tomb of Ming Dynasty which offers many history facts and wonderful walking;
  • Explore a Confucius Tempe of about 1000 years old and figure out how Confucius and his Confucianism have changed Chinese and their society;
  • Witness precious and rare exhibitions from the jade ware Neolithic Age, bronze ware, gold ware to famous calligraphy, famous paintings, religious relics, etc. in Nanjing Museum.

Basic Trip Information

  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
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2 Days and 1 Night
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You, your family, friends or group
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Pick Up & Nanjing Cutural Exploration

This morning, you will be picked up by your tour guide and driver at the railway station or your hotel in Nanjing, then start your Nanjing tour with an enjoyable pace. (If you arrive at Nanjing in noon time or later, the number and order of attractions can be adjusted based on your schedule and interests.)

Nanjing is called as the “City of Emperors” while Purple Mountain (Zijinshan) is the final resting places of the emperors and great leaders, including the founder of Ming Dynasty – Zhu Yuanzhang and Sun Yet-sen, the “Father of Republic China”. Today you are going to unlock their secrets in just one go!

Zhongshan Ling, located at the foot of the Purple Mountain, is the mausoleum park of Sun Yat-sen who was the leader of the Chinese revolution that ended the more than 2000 years feudal monarchy system. It is seen as China's version of the Lincoln Memorial. There are 392 steps to climb to the actual mausoleum, but you will be accompanied along by magnificent buildings and elegant landscapes. Pay your respect to Sun Yat-sen at his resting place, also enjoy the mesmerizing panoramic view of Nanjing city and surrounding.

Xiao Ling, located near to Zhongshan Ling, is the tomb of Zhu Yuanzhang who united China and established the mighty Ming Dynasty. Covering over 1,700,000 square meters, it is rather a vast complex of palaces, temples and greenery than a simple tomb, which took 25 years’ efforts of over 100,000 workers. As an honorable UNESCO World Heritage Site, Xiao Ling magnificent value of architecture and royal mausoleum culture. All the later mausoleums of both Ming and Qing Dynasties were built by the layout and style of Xiao Ling. You will walk at leisure to the mausoleum along the Sacred Road which is guarded by giant stone sculptures of various animals and generals from ancient time, making your visit calming and pleasant.

After the impressive mausoleums visiting, drive heading to the Confucius Temple (Fuzimiao). Built in Song Dynasty about 1000 years ago, the temple is one of the most important temples to worship the siege Confucius. For foreign visitors, it is a unique place where you can figure out how Chinese society, education system, government system was built Confucius’ thoughts, and how Confucianism have impacted relationship between people and basic guidance on how your Chinese think about our world. It is truly an inspiration.

Later, you will be taken to Qinhuai River area to explore the local lifestyle. The river runs through the city of Nanjing, remembering the history of Nanjing in many history books and poems. Today, it is a great place to wander around. Red lanterns, shops, eateries, souvenirs sellers cluster all round in the pedestrian street. At night the whole area is lit up with colorful lights thus creating a very impressive night scenario. It is very popular to take a colorfully decorated boat to ride on this ancient river, which will be a memorable experience.

Lastly, you will be escorted to your hotel. The rest time is free for you to relax and take rest. You can also be dropped off at Qinhuai River area if you want to stay more time at the area for dinner and relaxing.

Zhongshan Ling - the Mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat-sen Qinhuai River - a great place to wander around Confucius Temple (Fuzi Miao) - an inspiring place about Chinese culture Xiao Ling - an honorable UNESCO World Heritage Site
Day 2 Nanjing Half-day Tour & Departure (B, L)

After breakfast, go for an educational visit to Nanjing Museum which is one of the Four Greatest Museums in China with about 400,000 items in its permanent collection, ranging from the Paleolithic Age to the contemporary era, all of which are rare treasures and masterpieces of the past dynasties. Its two greatest “specialties” are enormous collections of imperial porcelain and real paintings of Ming and Qing dynasties, which are among the largest in the world.

Next, go to enjoy a leisure stroll on the Ancient City Wall (Xuanwumen Section) which is the longest, largest, and best-preserved ancient city wall in the world. It was built about 650 years ago, with about 25 km remaining well. An interesting fact is many of the bricks in the wall have signatures of the artisans who originally made the brick, which is believed to be helpful to guarantee the quality of the walls. Walking on the top of the wall gives to you the nice highlight of ancient time and modern Nanjing.

After the Great Wall joy, your guide and driver will take you to catch your flight/train to the next destination or home. Tour ends.

Nanjing Ancient City Wall - best-preserved ancient city wall in the world Nanjing Museum's rare relic - jade clothes sewn with silver wire

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