Rough Guide to Nanjing Travel

Rough Guide to Nanjing Travel

Nanjing (formerly known in the West as ''Nanking'') is the capital of East China's Jiangsu Province. Since its founding as Jinling, this city has borne witness to 5,000 years of historical triumph and tragedy. Known to many throughout the world, the city received its modern name, which literally translates as ''Southern Capital,'' during the Ming Dynasty.

Situated on the vast plains of the Yangtze River, the city is located in one of the busiest economic zones in China, the Yangtze Delta. The city is a rising economic power, with a muscular 2006 growth rate of 15.1%, and major investments in electronics and IT, petrochemicals and auto manufacture. Nanjing is twinned with several cities in Mexico, the Netherlands, Germany and Japan. Its favorable geographical location in the eastern/south-eastern part of China makes the city a regional transport and communications hub.

Considered by many tourists to be ''off the beaten path'', Nanjing is nonetheless drenched in fascinating culture and striking scenery. Among its numerous cultural gems are the Nanjing Museum, the Confucius Temple, the City Wall, and the Mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat-sen.

Nanjing has plenty to offer in terms of nighttime activity - bar, shopping and snack districts dotted around the Qinhai River throng nightly with crowds comprising locals, tourists, and ex-pats. 

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