By Emily Cook

Those with a passion for Chinese history may already be familiar with the incredibly important, often tumultuous past of Nanjing, the capital city of China’s Jiangsu Province. While Nanjing may not be the first city you’d think to visit when planning your trip to China, this city is well worth the diversion from the more touristy destinations of Beijing, Xian and Guilin.

Nanjing is ideal for a day or two of exploration, particularly when considering excursions from nearby towns such as Yangzhou or an overnight jaunt from Shanghai, just a short three hour drive away.  Whether flying to Nanjing directly or making a side-trip,’s makes getting there stress-free (  Nanjing Lukou International Airport (NKG) is an easy twenty minutes from the city center and is serviced by most major airlines.  Taxis are convenient and easily accessible throughout the airport. also knows that selecting a suitable hotel can sometimes be frustrating, with the wide range of choices available to travelers. Booking through our user-friendly link makes it easy and enables you to book with confidence (

The city of Nanjing is most famous for the atrocities of the Nanjing Massacre of 1937-1938, toward the latter part of the Sino-Japanese wars.  The Japanese had overtaken the city of Nanjing, which at that time was the Capital of the Republic of China.  Over 250,000 unarmed Chinese soldiers and civilians, including many women and children, were brutally tortured and murdered by the Japanese soldiers.  As testimony to the horrific events that took place during that six-week period, the city has erected a deeply moving museum dedicated to educating visitors and memorializing the victims of the massacres.  The Memorial Hall to the Victims in the Nanjing Massacre is probably the most important site for many visitors to Nanjing.  As you walk through the powerful sculpture gardens outside this very tastefully designed museum, it will be clear that you are about to experience something thought-provoking and highly personal for this proud city. also recommends travelers explore the Mount Zijinshan area which makes up much of Nanjing’s northeastern skyline and is often referred to as Purple Golden Mountain.  Many of Nanjing’s more popular points of interest can be found here, just outside the city. For one very reasonable fee, visitors can see multiple sights including the mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, known as the father of China’s great revolution, the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, tomb to Zhu Yuanzhang, first emperor of the Ming dynasty and the temple of antiquity. Mount Zijinshan offers a scenic respite from the hustle and bustle of Nanjing city.  The park has extensive walking trails as well as buses and trams, making this an ideal half-day outing.  Make sure to visit Purple Cloud Lake, which some feel is a highlight that cannot be missed.  The scenic path around the lake makes for a picturesque thirty minute walk and is frequented by men playing chess at little stone tables, a small snapshot into traditional Chinese culture. also suggests a stop to see the 1,500 year old Linggu Temple, highly acclaimed as one of the world’s more classic examples of a Buddhist temple.  The central temple and pagoda are surrounded by lush gardens and ancient trees, making this site one of Nanjing’s most frequently visited historic sites.  Not too far from the temple is the Purple Mountain Observatory (Zijinshan Observatory), which is an excellent choice for the scientifically minded traveler.  The Observatory offers extensive celestial activities as well as an impressive array of equipment for use by visitors. 

If you have the time, also suggests you make an effort to see the Qin Huai River area, particularly beautiful at night.  Gongyuan Street runs along the river and is surrounded by ancient temples, elaborate shopping plazas and excellent dining.  You will find Confucius’ Temple, Zhonghua Gate and Zhanyuan Garden in this area, as well as some of the original Ming walls.  For those with a sense of adventure, it is possible to walk a distance atop the city’s walls, taking in the view from a striking vantage point. 

Let help you plan your next trip to China, and discover Nanjing so you can learn more about Chinese history and discover the beauty of one of China’s less traveled, but equally spectacular cities.


  • 1. Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre
  • 2. Xiaoling Tomb of Ming Dynasty
  • 3. Xuan Wu Park
  • 4. Presidential Palace
  • 5. Nanjing Lovers' Garden
  • 6. Purple Mountain
  • 7. Zhongshanling Bandstand
  • 8. Zhongshan Botanical Garden
  • 9. Nanjing City Wall
  • 10. Sun Yatsen Mausoleum


  • 1. Lantern Festival - February
  • 2. International Plum Blossom Festival - February/March
  • 3. Climbing the City Wall - February
  • 4. Spring Outing Festival - April
  • 5. Fuzimiao Festival - April
  • 6. The Double Ninth Festival - August
  • 7. Nanjing International Software Product Expo - August
  • 8. Rain Flower Stone Festival - September


Hilton Nanjing
No. 100 Middle Jiangdong Road, Nanjing, 210019, China
By Andrew Boswell

Hilton Nanjing is an upscale hotel, located in the central business district area, of the Jianye District, in Nanjing.  Hilton Nanjing’s location puts it close, to many important destinations, within the city.  It takes 15 minutes driving, to reach Nanjing Luckou International Airport.  It is equally close to Nanjing South Railway Center and only 5 minutes drive, from the Olympic Sports Center, home of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics.  The International Exposition Center is also only a 5 minute drive.  Free self parking is available, at the hotel.  Guests can check in at 2 p.m.

Hilton Nanjing rooms blend modern style, with a traditional Chinese Aesthetic.  Rooms include luxuries such as a 42” LCD television, air conditioning and electronic safe.  There is also a work area, for the business traveler.  Bathrooms come standard, with a hair dryer, iron and ironing board.  Spacious bathrooms include both a bath and a separate shower.  High speed wired and wireless internet access is available, in all rooms.  Suite options are also available.

Hilton Nanjing offers many amenities, for both the vacation or business traveler.  Guests can stay in shape, by working out at the 24 hours fitness center, or by swimming in the 25 meter indoor swimming pool.  There is an available business center, for necessary business correspondence.  The Hilton Nanjing really stands out, though, due to its’ many food and drink options.  These include several styles of Chinese Cuisine, such as Huai Yang culinary treats at the Yue Yang restaurant, or the Cantonese at Yue Xuan.

When staying in Nanjing, choose the Hilton Nanjing for a hotel experience that offers comfort and luxury, as well as a host of fine dining options.  Guest are sure to enjoy a stay, at this centrally located hotel.  Check out is at 12 p.m.  Go to this link ( on to find the best deal, for a stay at this outstanding Nanjing resort.


Westin Nanjing
201 Zhong Yang Road, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
By Katelyn Mohney

The Westin® Nanjing is located thirty miles from the Nanjing Lukou International Airport, less than 3 miles from both the Xinjiekou Metro Station and the Nanjing South Railway Station. The Xuanwu Lake is visible from the hotel and is only a short walk away for guests. Doormen present themselves to guests upon arrival, eager to assist with luggage. Check-in is at 3:00 p.m. and check-out ends at 12:00 p.m.

Guests have options at The Westin® Nanjing. Choose the Deluxe Room, the Deluxe Executive Club Room or choose from one of the hotel’s specialty suites: One-bedroom Hospitality or Renewal, Executive, and Presidential. Experience a night of peaceful sleep and true rest on the Westin Heavenly Bed®. All rooms include a 42” LCD television, featuring cable channels, a DVD player, a dock for your iPod and an alarm clock with CD and radio features. Rather not be awakened by a buzzing alarm clock or your favorite music? Just make alternative arrangements with the hotel’s wake-up service and you can throw away any worries about sleeping in too late. Rooms feature a refreshment center which is stocked with complimentary bottled water as well as Starbucks® coffee, which you can enjoy while you review the latest news in the daily newspaper provided by the hotel. Wireless or wired high speed internet access is available in guest rooms for a daily fee. Guests may choose to dine in with the 24-hour room service, visit one of the hotel’s restaurants or check out the restaurants located within walking distance of the hotel. Visitors who stay in the suites will want to take advantage of the hotel’s complimentary breakfast and access to the Westin® Executive Club Lounge.

Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, The Westin® Nanjing promises to make your stay pleasurable. can help you make reservations today. Simply follow this link: ( 


Sheraton Nanjing Kingsley Hotel & Towers
169 Han Zhong Road, Nanjing, China
By Keleigh M. Quinn

Located in Nanjing, known as China’s “Southern Capital”, the Sheraton Nanjing Kingsley Hotel & Towers is a stunning building offering superior amenities. This hotel sits right on the Yangtze River and is close to many businesses and attractions in Nanjing. This city is filled with history that covers over 2,400 years and is the country’s largest inland port. Visit the Chao Tian Temple, the Hanzhong Gate Square, Stone City Wall or Mo Chou Lake, all within a mile of the hotel. Nearby you will also find the Ming City Wall and Gates, the Nanjing Museum and Plum Mountain. There are several hospitals and universities close by, and the hotel is situated in Xinjiekou, a well known business district.

Also a quick walk away is Shigu Road Fine Food Street, the perfect place to get dinner and sample local cuisine. Or get a taste of delicious Chinese food right in the hotel at Celestial Court, which also offers private rooms. Aroma’s Western Restaurant offers the best of both worlds, serving both local dishes and American favorites. They have a buffet or a menu available, and also have a delicious Sunday brunch. Relax at the Xilai bar, serving wine and cocktails, or grab a beer at Nanjing’s only Irish Pub, Danny’s. You can also head to the Kingsley room, where you can enjoy live jazz music, wine and cigars.

The 350 guest rooms and suites offer sweeping views of the city. You will also find a plasma television with satellite channels, a spacious work area, and high speed internet access if you choose to pay the fee. A coffee maker, daily newspaper, and room service are also provided.

Business travelers will be happy to find a business center which provides copy and print services, while all of the guests will love the indoor heated pool. There is also a fitness facility, jogging path and sauna.

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