Cheap Flights To Nanjing
Nanjing in China is the capital of Jiangsu Province's and lies on the banks of the Yangtze River. The city's name means "southern capital" and it's well-known for its historical and cultural heritage, having been the capital city during several dynasties in the past. Not surprisingly, there are many historical sites such as the Ming Tombs, which are a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Confucius Temple.
Travellers might be tempted to simply pass through the city while en route from Shànghǎi to Běijīng. However, to do so would be to miss out on its impressive historical heritage as well as its clean and handsome environment. The major attractions remind visitors of the city's former importance during the Ming Dynasty and most of Nanjing is surrounded by its glorious old city walls.
With a cultured and relaxed atmosphere, visitors can enjoy the city's boulevards, cafes and museums as well as venture outdoors to discover the lakes, parks and rivers. As far as annual events and festivals go, there's the Qinhuai International Lantern Festival, the Nanjing International Plum Blossom Festival, and the Dragon Boat festival to entertain and delight those spending time in the city.
Things To Do
The city is full of interesting things to do and see including historical landmarks and fascinating museums, which tell the story of the city through history.
Learn about a magnificent presidential palace
The city's presidential palace is a wonderful place to learn more about the city's history. Also, there are lovely grounds, interesting exhibits and two small lakes within the grounds for peace and relaxation.
Tour the city walls
The city walls provide a great view over the city itself and are beautifully decorated with lights during the daytime and at night. It's wonderful to see the shape of the old city as it once looked.
Visit the tomb of the Ming Dynasty
This World Heritage Site is fresh, green and peacefully quiet. Visitors can walk along the paths to get to the Emperor's tomb, which was built to be awe-inspiring -- and really is!
Calendar Of Events
Visitors can enjoy many unique events and festivals that take place every year and really are special, providing an unmissable experience for everyone.
Qinhuai International Lantern Festival. On the 15th day of the first lunar month, hundreds and thousands of red lanterns light up the Confucius Temple in a festival that celebrates happy families, a peaceful world and fine weather for crops.
International Plum Blossom Festival. Nanjing's flower is the plum blossom and, every spring, colours and scents burst forth on Purple Mountain to mark this event where locals follow the ritual of observing the plum blossoms. A hike up the mountain at this time is a terrific experience.
Dragon Boat Festival. Dragon boat races are an ancient tradition, dating back more over 2,500 years. Every June in Nanjing, teams compete in colourful long wooden boats at Mochou Lake Park. There's also good local food and a unique, convivial atmosphere.