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Proud and Prevailing Nanjing

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An October 2005 trip to Nanjing by MythMin

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Quote: Nanjing, the proud city with a tragic history. Rising from the dust of distress, and bursting into the flame of triumph, this beautiful city is a real life story of the power of perseverance and determination.

Proud and Prevailing Nanjing

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Overview

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The city of Nanjing is a thriving and developing city and capital city of the Jiangsu province. Passing through its jam-packed traffic and high rises, it is clear that Nanjing has successfully overcame and risen above its dark and gloomy past. But with monuments such as the Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre and their violent and turbulent history taught in schools here, it is an obvious reminder that all is not forgiven and forgotten. Nanjing is rather different from the other large cities in the Jiangsu province that are surrounded by water and filled with lakes, e.g Suzhou and Wuxi. This proud city is known as the stone city, famous for their quality stones, surrounded by more mountains and le...Read More

Sunward Fishery Restaurant

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Restaurant

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The Sunward Fishery Restaurant has ten branches, and the one here at Zijin, Nanjing, is apparently the largest restaurant in Asia. It has a total area of 36,000 square meters and a total number of seats of approximately 5,000. That sounded extremely impressive, but it may very well be another tourist trap, or a strategy to lure the unsuspecting tourists. But to me, largest or not, the food is always the most important! The outside of the restaurant is an eyeful. Enormous, no doubt, and magnificently lit with colorful neon lights blinking brightly into the night sky. And the inside was no different. Elegant and well decorated, the place gave the impression of a hotel lobby rather than a ...Read More

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Sunward Fishery Restaurant
79 MuXu Yuan St.
Nanjing, China
025-84272801

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

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Attraction | "The Bridge Over Troubled Waters"

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In the middle of the city of Nanjing runs the Yangtze River, flowing swiftly at 35m deep, followed by another 35m of mud. Long ago, the river was an inconvenience as there was no proper way of crossing the fast flowing river. In 1958, the Chinese government decided a bridge must be built. The Russians were called in to draw up the plans but in 1960, they walked away, claiming that it was impossible to build the bridge due to the muddy waters. Nevertheless, the Chinese decided to attempt building the bridge themselves and in 1968 it was officially opened. The Nanjing Yangtze Bridge stands firm at 4 miles long, interconnecting the north and the south of Nanjing, and is the pride and symbol of the Nanjin...Read More

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Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Yangtze River
Nanjing, China

Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum

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Attraction | "The Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum"

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The mausoleum on the Zhongshan Mountain, Nanjing, is the final resting place of the Father of Modern China, Dr. Sun Yat Sen. The construction of the tomb started in the year 1926, taking approximately 3 years to complete. Upon completion, the remains of the much respected Dr. Sun was transported to the mausoleum and buried on July 1, 1926, 4 years after his death in 1925. We arrived quite late in the afternoon, and as the season was moving into the winter, it was already starting to get rather gloomy. From the entrance, which is an archway at the square on the foot of the hill, it was an extremely long way up to the top. To be exact, the mausoleum is more than 700m from our starting point, thou...Read More

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Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum

Nanjing, China

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Being a Chinese myself, I have heard countless times the stories of the Nanjing Holocaust from my great-grandparents and grandparents alike. Watching movies and reading books like the "Rape of Nanking" has given me an insight into those terrible, horrible times. Nevertheless, of all the things I have seen and heard, none has ever come close to the gruesome reality and shocking portrayal of that atrocious episode of Nanjing’s history depicted at the Memorial Hall of the Victims in the Nanjing Massacre. The Nanjing Massacre Memorial hall was built in the 1980s in memory of more than 300,000 victims killed by the invaders from 13 December 1937 to January 1938. During those 6 weeks of nightmare, inn...Read More
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The Nanjing Mandarin Garden Hotel is right smack in the middle of a shopping street bustling with people. This luxurious international five-star hotel is strategically located in the city’s most active district, just north of the Confucius Temple and the Qinhuai River. The hotel boasts 500 guest rooms with all the basic amenities, with recreational facilities as well as Western and Chinese specialty restaurants. A must try is the buffet at the Humprey’s Café and Lounge, which is situated at the hotel lobby. Displaying a Chinese buffet style concept, the main dishes consist mainly of pork; braised pork, roasted pork, sweet-and-sour pork; any flavor the heart desires. The famous Nanjing salted du...Read More