Nanjing hotels travel - China hotel guide
Nanjing (meaning southern capital) is one of the six ancient capitals
of China, situated at the south bank of the lower reaches of the Yangtze
River. Today, Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu province and covers an
area of 860 square kilometers with a population of more than 5 million.
Various dynasties have made Nanjing their base. The most famous of these
periods is when Nanjing was the capital of China; during the Ming Dynasty
between 1368 and 1644 and the establishment of the People's Republic of
China in the early 20th Century. Many of the city's historical sites are
date back to these periods and Sun Yatsen's Mausoleum and the Ming Tombs
are examples of the wealth of culture existing in this ancient city.
Today, the city is renowned for being an educational and cultural center,
with a large student (foreign and native Chinese) population. Nanjing
is a pretty place, with tree- lined streets, hills and lakes, making the
intense heat of east China's summers more bearable. The pace of life here
is slower than many other Chinese cities and Nanjing seems quite conservative
in comparison to the brash modernity of neighboring Shanghai. Indeed the
local's mantra "man zou" (go slow) is a reflection of the cautious
and reserved attitude of many of the city's residents.
Like many Chinese cities however, the charm of this place is being threatened.
The developers have moved in and the old streets and classical buildings
are being torn apart to make way for expressways and skyscrapers.
For the time being, Nanjing remains a charming city to spend a few days
in, absorbing some history and relaxing in the laid back atmosphere before
it disappears altogether.