Nanjing, Nanjing

A couple of weekends ago we went to Nanjing. Nanjing is the capital of the province we live in, Jiangsu, and it is only 1.5 hours away from Suzhou by fast train. Hooray for the fast train! It made weekend trips so much more convenient.

I had already been to Nanjing once, six years ago, and I visited then all the famous tourist places: the temple of Confucius, the Massacre Museum, the Kuomintang presidential palace, the Purple Mountain where Sun Yat-Sen’s mausoleum is… C. had also visited those places so we went to see some more obscure spots and we also had dinner with one of his university’s classmates.

The Temple of Confucius area. These pictures are from six years ago, when I first went to Nanjing.

The Kuomintang presidential palace.

The Massacre Museum.

The stairs to Sun Yat-Sen’s mausoleum.


This time, we visited a couple of museums. It was quite hot outside and the museums have air-con, so it’s definitely an option to consider when travelling during the summer. Besides, C. loves old things, so he always wants to visit history museums anyway. We went to a museum that was called Six Dynasties Museum. That one was not too big. In the afternoon we went to Nanjing Museum, which is huge. It has 5 parts and we only had time to see one. Besides, it’s free!

Figurines from I don’t remember from which dynasty.

The view from the Six Dynasties Museum. The park in front is the Kuomintang presidential palace.

Nanjing Museum.

We also went to a place called “old Ming dynasty palace”, because C. thought there would be some ruins or something. But no. There was nothing at all, only a park where the palace used to be (it was destroyed when the Qing dynasty took over).

It didn’t rain during our visit, but the previous days it did and some parts of the city were flooded! This was in a park next to a river:

That poor shop in the middle…

Gentleman taking a nap.

Our hotel was next to a bar area in which the houses were built imitating the style of the beginning of the 20th century. Chinese cities seems to have a fixation with fake old streets turned bar areas, see Xintiandi in Shanghai or Ligongdi/Moon Harbour in Suzhou. I didn’t take pictures there, but I did take this one of a quirky piece of street art:

Minions are still all the rage in China!