Top Historical Places in Nanjing

Are you looking to explore the history of Nanjing through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Nanjing including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Nanjing. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Nanjing ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Nanjing, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Nanjing for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Nanjing with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Sun Yatsen Mausoleum


    One of the most revered tourist attractions in Nanjing, the Sun Yatsen mausoleum pays homage to the founding father and the first President of the Republic of China. Situated on the Zhongshan (or Zijin) Mountain, the rolling hills offer a spectacular view, especially at sunset. This extensive mausoleum houses a marble statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen and a circular coffin chamber, the resting place of...Read more
  2. Presidential Palace Of Nanjing

    Art Gallery, History Museum, Historical Site, Exhibition

    China’s largest modern history museum, this historical palace is a pure treat to history lovers. It used to be a prince dwelling and government office, home to national leaders like Dr.Sun Yat-sen and Chiang Kai-shek. Main highlights include: Centre: Gallery of the former Nationalist Government and the Presidential Government. West: Sun Yat-Sen's Office Building and residence, the West G...Read more
  3. The Memorial Of The Nanjing Massacre

    Historical Site, Memorial, Statue, Exhibition

    In December 1937, the Japanese army occupied Nanjing city and committed horrific acts of violence on its men, women and children. Built on the burial site of the victims of the Nanjing Massacre, a visit to this solemn memorial is immensely moving and eye-opening. This memorial also stands as a symbol of humanity and peace, against the atrocities that were laid upon the Chinese people and honour...Read more
  4. Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum

    Educational Site, Square, Tomb, Unesco Site

    You will truly experience imperial China when you visit the mausoleum of the Hongwu Emperor and his wife, the founder and first emperor of the Ming Dynasty of China. During his reign, the Hongwu emperor instituted military, administrative, and educational reforms that centeredpower on the emperor. Highlights Include: The Main Tomb of the Emperor and his wife A walkway known as the ‘Spiri...Read more
  5. Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge

    River, Bridge, Historical Site, Architecture

    This impressive road-rail bridge is a source of great Chinese national pride. Built in the 1960s, it is the first bridge solely designed by using Chinese expertise, connecting the two banks of the Yangtze River within a distance of several minutes. One can appreciate the sound architecture, the views of the river and nearby Daqiao Park and the museum explaining the history of the bridge. During...Read more
  6. Purple Mountain

    Art And Culture, Garden, Park, Observatory

    Originally called Jiangshan Mountain, it was renamed to the ‘Purple Mountain’ in the Eastern Jin Dynasty, owing to its purple shale rocks. Highlights include: At the Centre, the national monument, the Sun Yatsen Mausoleum. To the south of the mountain are Zixia Cave, Yiren Spring, Nanjing Underworld Aquarium and Zijin Mountain Observatory. To the west of the mountain stand the Meih...Read more
  7. Qinhuai River

    River, Ancient Ruin

    Your Nanjing experienceis incomplete without seeing the Qinhuai River. The largest river in the city, its banks bustle with markets and street vendors. It is divided into two parts: The Inner river runs through the heart of the city. The Outer river was once a city moat of ancient Nanjing. Viewing the river scenery from onboard a lantern boat is definitely the best option. Absorb the atmosphe...Read more
  8. Nanjing Museum

    Art And Culture, River, Historical Site, Archaeological Site

    CaiYuanpei, a modern democratic revolutionary and educationist established the Nanjing Museum in 1933. It is the first large-size national museum in China and is a must see for history lovers. Exhibitions in the museum include: The two main buildings showcase historical and revolutionary cultural relics, paintings, calligraphies, and ancient books (some of them foreign). The Basic Hall display...Read more
  9. Zhonghua Gate

    Castle, Military Area

    A fine work of military construction, this gate is part of a defensive complex that has made it the world’s most complicated castle. Built in the Ming dynasty, this gate was built on the South wall. It consists of 27 tunnels, built to store large quantities of food, weapons and to hold approximately 3000 soldiers. Wide and steep ramps on the east and west side allow people carry materials...Read more
  10. Confucius Temple

    Religious Site, Temple, Statue

    Dacheng Hall, also called the ‘Hall of Achievement’’, is the main hall of the Confucius Temple of Qinhuai district. The whole temple revolves around this hall which is approached by a stone paved path, gently flanked by trees. What will definitely catch your eye is the elegant and detailed bronze statue of Confucius. Inside the hall, there is a portrait of Confucius and chimes...Read more
  11. Ruins Of The Ming Palace

    Park, Ancient Ruin, Play

    Ming Palace was the 14th century Imperial Palace of the early Ming dynasty. Today, you can see the original pillar base and some columns which stand on the ruins of this once huge palace. The landscaped garden in the Ming Palace is good to take a quick stroll around. You will find some tits and bits of historical importance on this site. You got to take a guided tour, if you are interested in k...Read more
  12. Tangshang Mountain

    Archaeological Site , Valley, Military Area

    From times immemorial, kings and officials have considered this to be the ultimate destination for relaxation. Tangshang is known for its hot springs. The odorless water contains calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium and averages between 50°C-60°C. It is also known to cure a number of ailments. Other sights to be seen are: The Yangshan Scenic Area is a place of archeological interes...Read more
  13. Qi Xia Mountain

    Art And Culture, Historical Site, Peak

    The majestic peaks of the Qi Xia Mountain, the Dragon Peak, Tiger Peak and Flying Phoenix Peak, which is the main peak, will catch your interest immediately. Fire coloured maple trees cover the mountain side, reflected in the Mirror Lake. Thisby itself is a breathtaking sight. The Qixia Temple is definitely a must see as well as the Sarira Pagoda and the Thousand Buddha’s Cliff- all are s...Read more
  14. Linggu Temple

    Religious Site, Temple, War Memorial

    One of the must see temples in China, the first emperor of the Ming dynasty, Emperor Hongwu, gave it the current name of Linggu Temple. It was a flourishing temple which could hold more than 1,000 monks. The temple contains: Xuanzang Memorial Hall, built in the memory of the monk Xuanzang. Non-beam hall: This hall got its name from the non-use of wood in its structure. Linggu Pagoda, a unique ...Read more
  15. Zijinshan Observatory

    History Museum, Observatory, Historical Site, Architecture

    Located in the Purple Mountain Scenic Area, this observatory symbolizes the start of modern Chinese astronomy. Most of the instruments that are on display are unique to the Chinese whereas some were made in Germany and Switzerland. The observatory is also famous for its architecture and abundant library. The Nanjing Astronomy and History Museum is within the observatory itself and displays full...Read more