Nanjing is full of historically important monuments and is perhaps the best place to witness history unfold. The wonderful monuments and the rich history attached with the destination make Nanjing one of Top Historical Destinations in the world. Nanjing is a very historically important place and thus sees a lot of tourists every year. Whenever you are planning to visit a historical monument in Nanjing or a place of historical significance, it is always good to know a little information about the place, its opening and closing times, the ideal duration of visit and the need of tour guide to visit the historical monuments of Nanjing. Explore the historical monuments of Nanjing with a guided tour or opt for in-depth information of its historical account, this Nanjing guide is your go-to option for free. Move to things to do in Nanjing page for the complete list of attractions and activities.
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Top Historical Nanjing landmarks
Traverse through the finest landmarks and famous historical buildings of Nanjing.
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No.321 Zhongshan East Road, Nanjing 210004, Jiangsu, China
09:00 am - 04:30 pm
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...
#2 of 18 Historical Places in Nanjing | Added 1101 times in trip plans
No.13-2 Gongyuan Street, Qinhuai District, Nanjing 210001, China
09:00 am - 10:00 pm
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 ha...
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No.2 Sifangcheng, Zhongshanling Road, Xuanwu District, Nanjing 210009, Jiangsu, China
08:30 am - 05:00 pm
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 ...
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No.292, East Changjiang Road, Baixia District, Nanjing 210018, China
07:30 am - 06:00 pm
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-...
#5 of 18 Historical Places in Nanjing | Added 1470 times in trip plans
418, Jiangdongmen Street, Nanjing 210009, Jiangsu, China
08:30 am - 04:30 pm
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 th...
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Wengzhong Road, Xuanwu District, Nanjing 210018, Jiangsu, China
06:30 am - 06:00 pm
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.
The Main Tomb of the Emperor a...
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PukouQu, Nanjing Shi 210000, Jiangsu, China
07:30 am - 06:00 pm
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 muse...
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Outside Zhongshanmen, Xuanwu District, Nanjing 210018, Jiangsu, China
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 Observat...
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Qinhuai District, Nanjing 210001, Jiangsu, China
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 ...
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Qinhuai District, Nanjing 210000, Jiangsu, China
08:30 am - 08:30 pm
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 ...
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No.311 Zhongshan East Road, Xuanwu District, Nanjing 210000, Jiangsu, China
06:30 am - 09:30 pm
Surrounded by the peaceful Wuchaomen Park, this historic palace did not survive like the Forbidden City in Beijing. It did, however, serve as the blueprint for that impressive structure.
The Ming Palace was considered to be the Imperial Palace until the capital shifted from Nanjing to Beijing in 1421. Right now, the parts of the palace still standi...
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Tangshan Town, Nanjing 211131, Jiangning district, Jiangsu, China
09:30 am - 08:00 pm
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 ...
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No.88 Qixia Road, Qixia District, Nanjing 210033, China
08:00 am - 06:00 pm
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 a...
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Xuanwu, Nanjing 210018, Jiangsu, China
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
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 ...
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Mt. Zijin, Xuanwu District, Nanjing 210018, Jiangsu, China
08:30 am - 04:30 pm
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 ...