A Weekend Trip to China’s Southern Capital, Nanjing (南京)

photo by Bill Kyzner
photo by Bill Kyzner

With the increase of fast trains, traveling through China has become much easier, and some places that might have been too far for a short trip on a bus or a slow train, have become accessible for weekend trips.

The train ride from Hangzhou to Nanjing south station takes under two hours, so Bill and I decided to take advantage and explore China’s southern capital. We started with a hike to the Mausoleum of Dr Sun Yat-Sen (founding father of the Republic of China). To reach the sight we hiked up the trails in Zhong Mountain Scenic Area, then a long set of stairs that left us both, and by the looks of it everyone else around us, a little sweaty.11391648_10155724018895085_9072055202727500183_n

After visiting the Mausoleum, we continued up the back trails of the mountain to the highest point. We were rewarded with nice views of the city (although the pollution was quite high), and an unexpected fun ride down on an open cable car.

photo by Bill Kyzner
photo by Bill Kyzner

On Sunday we decided to visit the Nanjing Massacre Museum before taking our train back. The museum was beautifully made, interesting to see, and for me a way to learn a little more about a part of China’s history. Although it left us wondering whether people (visiting memorials like this around the world) took away a message of nationalism rather than Peace.

photo by Bill Kyzner
photo by Bill Kyzner

**Linking to The Leisure Link **

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7 thoughts on “A Weekend Trip to China’s Southern Capital, Nanjing (南京)

    1. I have to say, I didn’t have the desire to come to China before. The first time I came, I was traveling in SE Asia and then I found myself headed to China without much of a plan, it was great! (although I do recommend some planning to enjoy the most of your time here). It is a interesting country to see, and there are many different places to go. Thanks for your comment.

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