Want to visit Nanjing but not sure where to go specifically? Here are some places to visit in Nanjing. Nanjing has a metro system, so it is possible to use the metro to travel to places. Something to note is that it is very crowded in April (at least when I went there.)

  • Xuanwu Lake Park (Xuanwuhu gongyuan 玄武湖公园): This is a very large park that once was an imperial lake garden. Entry to the park is free, but you can pay to take a ride on the boat. They have a bonsai garden, some of which is indoors.
Xuanwu Lake Park (Photo by Susan Wang)
  • Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum (Zhongshan ling 中山陵) + Meiling Palace (Meiling Gong 美玲宫) + Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum (Mingxiao ling 明孝陵): These three places are very close to each other, so they can be visited on the same day. Before or after you climb up to the top of Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum, there is a museum at the bottom where you can go to learn some history. Meiling Palace was once the residence of Chiang Kai-shek and his wife, Soong Mei-ling. Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum is a mausoleum made for the emperor who founded the Ming dynasty. There is a long walk lined with statues of animals before you get to the top. There is also an opportunity to get a free keychain with your photo on it.
  • Presidential Palace (Zongtong fu 统统府): The Presidential Palace was once the residence of the President of the Republic of China.
Presidential Palace (Photo by Susan Wang)
  • Confucius Temple (Fuzi miao 夫子庙): The Confucius Temple is a place with busy streets with food, museums, and architecture. You may have to buy a ticket to enter the museums, but most of them have student discounts.
Confucius Temple (Photo by Susan Wang)
  • Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders (Qinhuarijun Nanjing datusha yunantongbao jinianguan 侵华日军南京大屠杀遇难同胞纪念馆): This is a memorial hall to commemorate the victims of the Nanjing Massacre in 1937. You need to reserve a spot to enter beforehand, but you can go to the counter to reserve if you are a foreigner.
Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders (Photo by Susan Wang)