A September 2004 trip
to Nanjing by shammiyap
Quote: Our two nights in Nanjing is a fruitful one, as we covered the Memorial to the Nanjing Massacre, Fuzi Miao, Zhongshan Ling, and Lingu Si.
Fuzi Miao is best visited in the evening, as the lights are great. There are a lot of restaurants in Fuzi Miao, so you might want to consider walking around and checking them all out before settling with the one.
Avoid weekends as local families love to picnic or spend a day there, which might be really noisy!
Besides publc buses and taxis, there are five sightseeing buses running to the major sights in Nanjing. All you need to do is hop on the bus that goes where you want (however, a lot of locals utilise these buses as well, so it might be too crowded at times), and pay a flat rate of RMB2.
There are announcements at each stop; just get off where you want to go!
Distance from/to major sights:
1. Nanjing Train Station – approximately 10 minutes by taxi
2. Fuzi Miao – approximately a 20-minute walk
3. Xin Jie Kou shopping district – approximately a 20-minute walk
4. Memorial to the Nanjing Massacre – approximately a 1.5-hour walk (due to some road construction at the flyover, it takes a little bit more time, but it is a pleasant walk)
The hotel has 150 standard rooms and luxury suites. The comfortable and clean standard room is RMB248 per night, including two breakfasts (book though www.ctrip.com to get this fantastic offer). The Chinese-style buffet breakfast serves a good variety of local cuisine, namely porridge, assorted pickles, and vegetables, Man Tou, Xiao Long Bao, Saya Milk, Dim Sum, and fried noodles.
Facilities provided by the hotel include:
1. Ticketing service (Travel and tour tickets)
2. Internet and postal service
3. 24-hour security and front desk information
5. Bathroom amenities
6. Hot water supply
8. The latest Nanjing Map (Make sure you flip through the hotel folder to get this FREE map.)
There is also a salon and a shop in the lobby where you can have your hair done. The only disadvantage is the Karaoke Lounge at the fourth floor, as it draws outside crowds to the hotel and can be a little bit busy during weekend.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2004
238 South Zhongshan Road
It serves really good and cheap hotpot with varieties to choose from. Before considering what you want to cook in the hotpot, you have to order one of the three soup bases – clear soup, hot and spicy soup, or both, for which they will give you a port with a divider.
After getting the right soup base to suit your demand, you will be given a small piece of paper with all the food that you can cook in your hot pot. (It’s all in Chinese – sorry, mate!!) Just tick how many portions you need in each dish, which ranges from seafood, meat, vegetables, frozen meat, bean curd, noodles, Shui Jiao, and sauces that you want to eat your food with.
Bring this piece of readily marked paper to the counter and pay for it. Get your drinks from the counter and bring the receipt back to your table. Within a minute, someone will bring you what you have ordered; just start the cooking, boiling, sweating and enjoying the yummy food!
Personal Advice: Get a table either near the window or the air-con! That will make the cooking process better, as they stuffed as many tables as they can in a shop which will be quite stuffy when everybody’s hotpots start boiling.
However, it’s a good experience after all!
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2004
Tai Mei Hot Pot
Fuzi Miao and Nanjing City Center
1. The Peace Bell
There is a huge bell hung right in front of the entrance, which you will definitely not miss it while you enter. It is made to call for world peace and to remember the 300,000 innocent victims who lost their lives in the massacre.
2. Crazy Snowflakes
A very long "diary" in the form of poetry with many chapters, Crazy Snowflakes is written by one of the survivals during the Nanjing Massacre. It’s printed on a piece of bronze plate, which is right next to the Copperplate Passages of Footprints. Crazy Snowflakes is dedicated to the victims who suffered in the Nanjing Massacre.
3. Copperplate Passage of Footprints
Forty meters in length and 1.6m in width, the Copperplate Passage of Footprints carries 222 footprints of the eyewitnesses of the Nanjing Massacre. The eyewitnesses were either survivors of the massacre or delegates to the Far East International Military Tribunal for the trial of the Japanese war criminals. Most of the survivals are between 74 and 100 years old.
The passage was made by December 13, 2002 to mark the 65th anniversary of the massacre..
4. The Museum
The museum showcases a lot of pictures, graphics, documentaries, and tools that were used during the massacre, including guns, swords, bullets, nails, and axes. Most of the pictures are extremely unpleasant to look at, especially those with naked woman who have just been raped and those of little kids who have been crying and trying to escape to survive.
There are also letters written by the people during the war, which were donated by the survivors to make this museum a success. While reading one particular letter written by a woman, I felt that my heart was swollen and I took a deep sigh. I then walked away, as I couldn’t take it anymore.
Except for those correspondences and documents showcased, most pictures have both Chinese and English captions.
5. The Mausoleum
The Mausoleum holds many skeletons of the victims. Most of them were unearthed quite a while after the massacre. There are a few more significant ones being housed in a glass tomb. Each of the skeletons was numbered with captions like their age, male/female, and what is wrong with the skeleton (like a bullet in the scalp or nails on the joints).
Personal advice - An extremely depressing sight in Nanjing that you shouldn’t miss no matter how little time you have!
Opening Time: 7am to 5pm daily
Admission Fee: RMB 8 per adult, however, I visited it for FREE on a Sunday
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 10, 2004
Nanjing Massacre Memorial and Museum
Shui Xi Men Da Jie
Attraction | "Fuzi Miao (The Confucius Temple)"
The place, once known to be a done-up, instead of a original historical building, is rather disappointing. However, if you manage to put that aside and just have fun and enjoy the place like how the Chinese do, it’s not too bad after all. Just roll up your sleeves, walk around, and have some local food!
The night market that starts in the evening is a good place to search for antiques, cheap clothes and bags, and pets!!! Pets sold here range from mice, rabbits, puppies and kittens, fishes, and tortoises to guinea pigs. The market also sells the famous Yuhua Shi (Rain Flower Pebble) at a very cheap price. A unique tourist souvenir to Nanjing, Yuhua Shi is a hard composite of jade, opal, and quartz. It’s normally made into pendants, rings, and earrings.
If you intend to enter the Confucius temple, you need to pay a fee of RMB15. Alternatively, you can take a boat ride at RMB10 per person from the waterfront area opposite the temple. The boats go south on the Qinhuai River to Zhonghua Men and are not a bad idea to consider at all.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 18, 2004
Most of us visit Zijin Shan to see three main sights located here:
1. Lingu Si (Linggu Temple)
2. Zhongshan Ling (Dr Sun Yat-sen Mauseleum)
3. Ming Xiaoling (Ming Tomb)
I went to Zjin Shan after spending half a day at the Nanjing Massacre Memorial and Museum. Knowing that I did not have much time to cover all three of them, I decided to just concentrate on Lingu Si and Zhongshan Ling.
I started my journey from Linggu Si, which is located at the eastern side of the hill, farthest from the town, so that I could visit Zhongshan Ling after that without back tracking on the same road.
There are two main architectures here in Linggu Si, namely the Beamless Hall and the Linggu Pagoda. Beamless hall is an unusual construction that isn’t built with any beams, but is only made of five columns. The hall was originally used to display Buddhist statues, but it is only an exhibition hall today, displaying mannequins of important Chinese heroes with their history.
Walk east when you come out of the Beamless Hall, and you will see the 60m and nine-storey high Linggu Temple. Climb up to the top and you will be able to enjoy great views of the surrounding countryside and the city. There is also a shrine in the temple containing the skull of the Chinese monk who went to India to collect the Buddhist scriptures.
I then took a very slow walk to the main entrance and caught a tourist mini-train to the nearby Zhongshan Ling at RMB3.
Opening hours: 8am to 5pm daily
Entrance Fee: RMB15
If you have traveled around China long enough, you will realized that most of the cities in China have a Zhongshan Lu, a Zhongshan Park, a Sun Zhingshan Museum…This is no exception in Nanjing. However, Zhongshan Ling in Nanjing is something that is more extraordinary because this is where Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s mausoleum is, and, of course, there is the ONLY one in the world.
Located at the center of Zijin Shan (Purple Gold Mountain), Zhongshan Ling is very famous for its marble staircase up to the green hill. However, a slow walk up the steps is not too difficult, as the fresh air around gives you a peace of mind.
The first pit stop of the walk is the Memorial Hall where you can a white statue of Dr Sun Yat-sen sitting elegantly. The second pit stop is where the tomb itself, which is striking. The blue and white tiles in the Mausoleum symbolize the Kuomintang flag and the wall are decorated with "The Guidelines for Establishing a Nation," written by Dr Sun himself. The tomb is covered by a white sleeping statue of the revolutionary hero.
As you finish with the tomb, take a few steps to the back of the tomb. There is a small outdoor display hall demonstrating the construction and architecture of the entire place with some history on how Dr Sun Yat-sen was unearthed in Beijing and delivered here.
Opening hours: 6:30am –to 6:30pm daily
Entrance Fee: RMB40
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