Things to Do in Nanjing

Nanjing is famous for its long history which can be dated back to Western Zhou Dynasty (11th century-771 B.C.) and its plenty and prosperous culture which makes it full of vitality.

When you come to Nanjing, you can feel the spirit of the Six Dynasties and the ambition of the emperors. You can feel and see the details of propound culture everywhere in Nanjing.

Here we carefully selected the top 11 must-sees like Memorial Hall to the Victims in the Nanjing Massacre, Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum, Confucius Temple, Zhonghua Gate, Presidential Palace etc. And also you could have a look at the featured activities in Nanjing like visit the museums, lakes, mountains…

Nanjing Attraction Map

Nanjing Folk Museum

No.1: Museums

Sites: Nanjing Museum, Nanjing Folk Museum

Nanjing Museum, covering an area of more than 70,000 sq. meters, is the first large-scale comprehensive National Museum. There are two exhibition halls: the main hall of Nanjing Museum and Art Exhibition Hall, showing you the finest arts and culture. Should you be fascinated by the long and cultured history of China, Nanjing Museum is a “Must-see” for you.

Nanjing Folk Museum, also called “Gan Family Masion”, is the largest and best preserved private mansion in Nanjing city. Now it has been turned into a museum exhibiting traditional daily life and handicrafts in Nanjing.

Purple Mountain

No.2: Mountains

Sites: Purple Mountain, Qixia Mountain

Overlooking Nanjing city, Purple Mountain (also known as Bell Mountain) is said to take its name from the color of the rocks. It is a picturesque area of gentle hills shaded by woodland and bamboo groves, dotted with villas. It also contains several of the most important attractions in Nanjing: Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, Linggu Temple and Purple Mountain Observatory etc.

Qixia Mountain was reputed as “the first bright and elegant mountain of Jinling” by Emperor Qianlong. It is famous not only for the structure, the stone sculptures and the pagoda, but also for the clear spring, luxuriant plant life, especially the red leaves of maple trees. These are in full bloom on spring and autumn making these times very popular.

Mochou Lake

No.3: Lakes

Sites: Xuanwu Lake, Mochou Lake

Xuanwu Lake, situated at the foot of Zhongshan Mountain, is one of the three most famous lakes in the southern area of Yangtze River, while the other two are West Lake in Hangzhou and South Lake in Jiaxing. There are five isles in Xuanwu Lake, which are Huan Isle, Ying Isle, Liang Isle, Cui Isle and Ling Isle, forming five scenic spots.

Mochou Lake took the name from the name of a young beautiful woman who lived in 5th century. She married a man in Nanjing and live a happy life until Lu was recruited to the army one day. She missed her husband day and night and turned into a lake finally. Entering the park, visitors are greeted by the rock display as well as the pond, fountains and pavilions.

Recommended Nanjing Tours

Top 3 Nanjing tours chosen by most customers to explore Nanjing in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.

Qinhuai River - a great place to wander around
2 Days Time-efficient Nanjing Essence Tour


Niushoushan - a place where both Buddhists and regular tourists can enjoy
3 Days Nanjing Highlights Tour including Jaw-dropping Niushoushan


Zhonghua Gate
4 Days Nanjing History & Culture Tour


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