20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Nanjing

The view from the top of Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum in Nanjing

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen's Mausoleum

Sūnzhōngshān xiānshēng de língmù

We ate lots of watermelon while we were in Nanjing



A little girl living in Nanjing's Fuzimiao district.

Fuzimiao market

Fúzi miào shìchǎng

Shopping at the Fuzimiao market in Nanjing

Fuzimiao market

Fúzi miào shìchǎng

Exploring the rooftops near Nanjing's Confucius Temple

Fuzimiao market

Fúzi miào shìchǎng

The grand city wall of Nanjing

City Wall of Nanjing

Nánjīng chéngqiáng

A small temple in the Fuzimiao area in Nanjing

Fuzimiao market

Fúzi miào shìchǎng

A local woman bakes Chinese biscuits in a large furnace



Two local Nanjing girls eating noodle soup

Noodle soup

Miàntiáo tāng

Yuting eating wonton soup in Nanjing

Wonton soup

Yún tūn tāng

This lady sold Zhongzi in a quiet Nanjing neighborhood

Glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves


Strolling through the Nanjing Art Institute

Nanjing Art Institute

Nánjīng yìshù xuéyuàn

Three baskets of Xiaolongbao for $3 in Nanjing

Soup dumplings


Found a tiny temple on the campus of the Nanjing Art Institute

Nanjing Art Institute

Nánjīng yìshù xuéyuàn

Wooden temple in Nanjing at the art institute

Nanjing Art Institute

Nánjīng yìshù xuéyuàn

Avoiding the sun at Nanjing's Xuanwu Lake

Xuanwu Lake

Xuánwǔ hú

This was Yuting's elementary school in Nanjing

Nanjing elementary school

Nánjīng xiǎoxué

A vendor eats her lunch at a Nanjing wet market

Wet market (a.k.a. street market)

Jiē shì

A Nanjing local doing his daily shopping at a Nanjing street market

Wet market (a.k.a. street market)

Jiē shì

A basket of quail eggs in Nanjing

Quail eggs

Ānchún dàn

Thinking about visiting Nanjing? You definitely should!

Nanjing has a fascinating history, delicious food and plenty of relaxing, shaded parks to visit. It's also a good 'starter' city if you've never been to China before, since it's not as large as Beijing or Shanghai, but large enough you won't run out of things to do.

My visit to Nanjing marked my third visit to China, and also the most personal visit. I went with my friend Yuting who was born in Nanjing and raised there during his early elementary school days. Since I was shown around by a 'local,' and his family, I got to see more sides of Nanjing than a typical visitor probably would.

If you're a foreigner visiting Nanjing by yourself though, it's really easy to get off the beaten path. All you have to do is keep your eyes open and follow streets that peek your interest.

For example, one day after ordering custard buns in Nanjing, Yuting and I wandered into a nearby art university. We had no idea it was there, but when we saw it we couldn't resist exploring. Looking back at the photos from our week in Nanjing, the ones from the university are some of my favorites.

What to do in Nanjing

Check out my post on things to do in Nanjing for specific ideas on what to do and where to go in Nanjing.

Interesting Facts about Nanjing

  • A giant city wall used to wrap around the entire city of Nanjing. Today, the majority of it is still intact and can be visited by the public.

  • Nanjing has been the capital city of China multiple times throughout history - the most recent of those times lasting up until 1937.

  • Nanjing is home to a massive, forested park called the Zhongshan Scenic Area with over 200 culture spots to see.

  • One of Nanjing's signature dishes is salted duck (a.k.a. Yánshuǐ yā). Give it a try during your visit!

Travel Tips for Nanjing

  • Make sure you check the weather! Nanjing gets incredibly hot and humid in the summer, and freezing cold in the winter.

  • The main airport in Nanjing is about 45 min - 1 hr away from the city center by car. For information on taxi services and shuttles from the airport, check out this article.

  • Many of the large parks and museums in Nanjing require you to show your passport upon entry. Make sure to have yours on you or you may run into problems seeing the park/exhibit.

  • If you have time, check out Shanghai while you're in Nanjing. It's only 70 minutes away by high speed train.

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20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Nanjing
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