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A February 2006 trip to Nanjing by Paul Bacon

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Despite Nanjing having lots of history, and plenty of nightlife, for me there was no question whatsoever about the most interesting aspect of the city. The memorial to the Rape of Nanjing. It is one of the most moving places I have ever visited, and is well served with English signs, also unusually for China it is not awash in propaganda, making for a fascinating, if somewhat chilling, experience.Quick Tips: Do not book accommodation in advance. Whilst searching on the internet all I was able to find was one hostel, which turned out to be terrible and lots of high budget places. Instead wait until you arrive, and find a place to stay. There are plenty of hotels, most are willing to negotiate ...Read More
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After spending a few days in Shaghai, and then in Hangzhou, my eyes turned north to Nanjing; a city packed with sights both modern and historic. I had imagined that because of this, and also because of the city's location close to Shanghai and other big cities, there would be plenty of options in terms of hostels and budget accommodation—alas, I was sorely mistaken. My guidebook—the outrageously inaccurate Lonely Planet—divulged precious little, and scores of internet searches succeeded in unearthing just one hostel, the Fuzimao. It was early February when we pulled into Nanjing's main railway station. By the time our taxi driver had gotten lost twice, consulted three policemen, and then e...Read More

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Nanjing Fuzimiao International Youth Hostel
No.68-3 Pingjiangfu Road
Quinhuai District 210001

Hanghua Hotel

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Having escaped the unimpressive Fuzimao Hostel, my buddy Oz and I headed down Changle Lu to see what other accommodations Nanjing had to offer. We headed towards the city centre, hoping to find something en-route. We stopped in at a couple of places, one of which was too expensive and the other spoke no English. The just as our packs were beginning to weigh us down we spotted the Hangua. Again there was an instant language barrier, but thankfully the young check-in staff seemed fascinated at the prospect of two western guests, so much so that we managed to somehow negotiate a 50% discount. The Hangua was clean, comfortable, and unlike the Fuzimao, nice and warm. However, despite the place serving...Read More

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Hanghua Hotel
Central Area Of City
Nanjing

Yangtze River Bridge

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Attraction

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The Yagtze River Bridge represents a superb feat of engineering and simultaneously remains one of the strongest symbols used by the Communist government as an indicator towards the nation's development and success. Judging by the immense width of the river and the scope of the bridge, which saunters over the waters with two-tiers, the political message entwined in the metalwork is pretty self-evident; if we can overcome such a massive natural obstacle, surely we can achieve anything.The night before my visit I heard a Canadian backpacker raving about how great he thought the bridge was. Consequently we headed out the following afternoon with high expectations. Now, I am not sure if the guy was a die-h...Read More

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Yangtze River Bridge
Across the Yangtze River
Nanjing, China

Visit to Massacre Memorial

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At night Nanjing's neon clad boulevards and its plethora of bars and restaurants exude a youthfulness that can become almost intoxicating. For this reason i found the place particularly fascinating, especially considering the massive contrast it presents to the defining moment in the city's history— 1933's massacre by the Japanese.My friend Oz and I had spent the previous evening enjoying a few beers in Nanjing's pretty vibrant student area. Consequently we were in high spirits as we headed off to the Memorial Hall. It is at this point that I feel I have to confess that I knew precious little about what happened in Nanjing in the 1930s. Iris Chang's 'Rape of Nanking' was a book I always noticed on the...Read More