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3 Days Nanjing Highlights Tour including Jaw-dropping Niushoushan

You Can Never Get Bored in Nanjing


Exploring Nanjing is like visiting an antique shop. You can touch and grieve the pastime, or let your mind be free, or think of the rise and fall of the ancient China dynasties in Nanjing. Taking off the quaint coat of "Ancient Capital", Nanjing also has many natural charms which can be enjoyed in each of four seasons.

Our 3 Days Best of Nanjing tour takes you to enjoy the intersection of classicism and fashion, the blend of nature and culture. You will not only visit the most historical sites, such as the Ancient City Wall, Zhongshan Ling, Xiao Ling, etc., but also take a side trip to Niushoushan, the hidden treasure of Nanjing where you can marvel at Buddhist architecture and gorgeous landscape. It is a well-paced private tour package recommended to travelers of all ages. Tour guide, transfer, hotels… are all included.

Highlights of this tour

  • Visit historical Zhongshan Ling and Xiao Ling, which brings you deep sights into Nanjing and China’s history and permits some leisure walkings;
  • Wander comfortably on China’s best preserved ancient city wall and feel the change of Nanjing city;
  • Discover authentic Confucian culture in the more than 1000 years old Confucius Temple, and explore the beautiful ancient streets in Qinhuai River area;
  • Take a memorable trip to Niushoushan which collectively preserves the world’s only parietal relic of Buddha, and find many photography opportunities and inspiration there.

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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3 Days and 2 Nights
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You, your family, friends or group
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Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Nanjing Arrival & Half-day Tour

Welcome to Nanjing, capital of ancient China. You will be picked up by your tour guide and driver at the railway station, then take a half-day tour to explore Nanjing 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.)

You will be brought to visit the Confucius Temple (Fuzimiao) first. 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, move on 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.

Qinhuai River - a great place to wander around Confucius Temple (Fuzi Miao) - an inspiring place about Chinese culture
Day 2 Nanjing Cutural Exploration (B, L)

After breakfast, you will be accompanied by your tour guide to explore Nanjing’s diverse culture. 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 Niushoushan Forest Park, a hidden treasure of Nanjing, a place where both Buddhists and regular tourists can enjoy. After entering the park, you will ride a sightseeing bus to the Usnisa Palace at the top to start sightseeing. The palace is a modern building that is 9 storeys and built into an iron quarry, with fabulous design. It was built to collectively exhibits and preserves the treasure of the Buddhist world - the world's only parietal relic of Buddha. One has to see it to believe it. You will also take your time to visit the iconic Foding Temple and Foding Pagoda, and enjoy some leisure walking in the park.

Transfer back to your hotel after sightseeing.

Zhongshan Ling - the Mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat-sen Xiao Ling - an honorable UNESCO World Heritage Site Niushoushan - a place where both Buddhists and regular tourists can enjoy
Day 3 Nanjing & Nanjing 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 - one of the Four Greatest Museums in China

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