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Weekend in Nanjing

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An October 2001 trip to Nanjing by Lauren T

Purple Mountain Park Photo, Nanjing, China More Photos
Quote: I visited friends in Nanjing, a city 1.5 hrs. away from the city where I am teaching (Changzhou). I plan on visiting again from time to time and will probably add considerably to this journal as I do so.

Weekend in Nanjing

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Overview

Street in Nanjing Photo, Nanjing, China
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Nanjing is my favorite major Chinese city so far. It is more aesthetically pleasing than Beijing but less "westernized" than Shanghai. The most famous tourist attractions are the Purple Mountain and the historical sites on and around it, and the Nanjing Massacre Memorial. It is also a good place to shop--particularly for western food items and other such luxuries you may be missing if travelling here from elsewhere in China.Quick Tips: If you are staying at the Nanjing University Nanshan Hotel (a good budget option), be aware that many of the other foriegners that you see in the hotel are able and willing to help you.Best Way To Get Around: Busses are nice by Chine...Read More

Nanshan Hotel

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Hotel

Nanshan Hotel Photo, Nanjing, China
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The main draw to this hotel is that it caters almost predominately to foreigners. Therefore, the staff speaks pretty decent English and you will find a good many foreign guests in the hotel, including many Euro-American teachers and students who live here. I''m not usually one for hunting down the company of your fellow countrymen while abroad, but finding your way around in China is a lot easier if you have someone to show you around and people who know the city and speak English are not something to take for granted. The foreign community at the Nanshan are able, and generally more than willing, to advise you on everything from where to get a good, cheap bite to eat, to how to take a bus or cab t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 29, 2001

Nanshan Hotel
On Campus of Nanjing Normal University
Nanjing, China

Chinese Restaurants

Restaurant | "Various Chinese Restaurants"

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There is a little alley off of Shanghai Road south of Nanjing University that has a collection of little "hole-in-the-wall" type restaurants. This is the closest thing I can give to an address. As far as I know the street has no name. (However, if you stay at the Nanshan you will find plenty of people who can show you where it is). There are several little Chinese food restaurants. To my experience they were all good, cheap, and indistinguishable from each other (and most of them have English menus!). I particularly enjoyed a dish that I had at a place called Gold and Silver Cafe consisting of eggplant pieces stuffed with chicken, grilled and covered with some type of spicy sauce. I would ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2001

Chinese Restaurants
Alley off of Shanghai Road
Nanjing, China

Jack's Place

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Restaurant

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My experiences at Jack's Place have been, in many ways, typical of restaurants in China in general, meaning the service can be downright terrible but not in a rude sort of way. Jack's Place is a small local chain of restaurants owned by a Chinese man (whose English name is Jack) who has spent some time abroad and, during this time, apparently learned to cook some things. Upon returning to China, he opened his restaurants, which serve both western and Chinese food. The staff seems to know their recipes well--they are able to produce tasty, or at least familiar-tasting, standard western food items. However, their knowledge of western food culture ends there. (I'm not sure if these peop...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 16, 2002

Jack's Place
Ninghai Street
Nanjing, China

Skyway Bakery and Deli

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Restaurant

Skyway Bakery and Deli Photo, Nanjing, China
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Skyway Bakery and Deli is affiliated with another local restaurant called Swede and Kraut, which I do believe is actually owned and operated by a Swede and a German. While everyone who I saw working there was Chinese, it was obvious that there is somebody involved in the operation of the place who is Swedish, German, or otherwise has a very good idea of what western food is supposed to taste like. When you arrive for lunch, they hand you a little slip of paper (it is in Chinese and in English) where you can put checkmarks in the boxes next to the things that you want. To someone who has grown accustomed to the hassle of trying to order in Chinese and hoping you don't get something really weird (...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 23, 2001

Skyway Bakery and Deli
3-6 Hankou Lu
Nanjing, China

Nanjing Massacre Memorial and Museum

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I felt that I should probably visit the Nanjing massacre memorial while visiting Nanjing. I'm generally not fond of wallowing in human misery on my vacations but I felt that this was what I was "supposed" to see while visiting here. Nanjing is probably most famous for being the victim of some of the worst war atrocities in history in December of 1937. Nanjing was the capital of China at the time, but the government retreated to a more protected city shortly before the Japanese occupied Nanjing. The Japanese invasion forces then raped, tortured and murdered the civilian locals by the thousands over the next month resulting in over 300,000 fatalities. I knew before that the memo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 29, 2001

Nanjing Massacre Memorial and Museum
Shui Xi Men Da Jie
Nanjing, China

Purple Mountain Park

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Attraction

Purple Mountain Park Photo, Nanjing, China
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I found it difficult to give a rating to the experience I had at Purple Mountain. Let's just say that it wasn't what I was expecting. Purple Mountain is really enormous for a park located within such a large city. It takes thirty minutes in a cable car to get to the top of the mountain--basically the central point in the park. From there, most people walk down the mountain to look at the scenery and sites of tourist interest at various points along the mountain. When you are up in the cable car, you really get a feel for how big the place is. It makes a lush, green, peaceful retreat from the busy and polluted city of over 6 million people surrounding it. In theory, Purple Mountain par...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 5, 2001

Purple Mountain Park

Nanjing, China