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Old June 3rd, 2009, 05:46 PM   #1
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Nanjing, Suzhou, Hongkong, Xi'an, Qingdao, Hangzhou, Stockholm and some other Chinese cities

Let's start with Nanjing.

Quite unknown, tourists rather skip this city when coming to China but with a lot of interesting histroricla places to see, such as Sun Yatsen's mausoleum, a holocaust memorial site reminding us of the 1937 massacre, some temples geradens, a huge city wall, an old ancient city district and - would you believe it? - China's "oldest modern 5star" hotel dating back from 1983....it's worth a visit

With its broad alleys a typical laid back Chinese city, quite different and more conservative as fahsionous Shanghai or cosmopolitan Beijing.

Leaving the train, coming from Shanghai


in front of the train station




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Nanjing is the capital of China's Jiangsu Province, and a city with a prominent place in Chinese history and culture. Nanjing (literally: 'Southern capital') served as the capital of China during several historical periods and is listed as one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. Nanjing was the capital of the Republic of China (ROC) before the Chinese Civil War.



btw, Nanjing, formerly China's capitla city as mnetioned above means "South Capital" whereas Beijing translate into "North Capital"



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Old June 3rd, 2009, 05:57 PM   #2
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first sight, the "Water Town", old city district

because of crap quality (handycam, meanwhole i bought a real camera...) only a few pics

meanwhile an disneyland-like entertainment district with KFS and Mc Donalds

...nothing unusual in China...





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a brief look at the downtown...

Nanjing has a population of about 7.6 miliion inhabitants

but this figure also includes huge portions from the countryside

Chinese cities ain't all that big as one might suggest...

nevertheless, Nanjing has a big skyline
#but quite humble compared to Shanghai, Hongkong or Beijing

the forementioned Jinling hotel, first skyscraper in Nanjing, completed in 1983
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some facts from wiki:

The Yangtze River flows past the west side of Nanjing City, while the Ningzheng Ridge surrounds the north, east and south side of the city. The city is 300 kilometers (186 mi) west of Shanghai, 1,200 kilometers (746 mi) south of Beijing, and 1,400 kilometers (870 mi) east of Chongqing.

Nanjing has a humid subtropical climate and is under the influence of the East Asia Monsoon. Seasons are distinct in Nanjing, with usually hot summers and plenty of rainfall throughout the year.



The average high temperature in January is 7 C (45 F) while the average low is −1 C (30.2 F); the average high in July is 32 C (90 F) with an average low of 25 C (77 F).[2] The highest recorded temperature is 43 C (109 F) (July 13, 1934), and the lowest −16.9 C (2 F) (Jan 6, 1955). On average it rains 117 days out of the year,



Nanjing was one of the earliest established cities in the southern China area. According to the legend, Fu Chai, the Lord of the State of Wu, founded the first city, Yecheng (冶城) in today's Nanjing area in 495 BC. Later in 473 BC, The State of Yue conquered Wu and constructed the city of Yuecheng (越城) on the outskirts of the present-day Zhonghua Gate. In 333 BC, after eliminating the State of Yue, the State of Chu built Jinling Yi (金陵邑) in the northwestern part of present-day Nanjing. Since then, the city has been capital of the Chinese empire several times and experienced numerous destructions and reconstructions.







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that's where the construction workers live

that's where tourists live




and that's where the "Nanjing-ese" live


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Interesting thread - very nice photos will be great one; thanks
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we are on our leaving town


for Sun Yatsen memorial and the the "purple mountains"


but first a short look at some ancient gardens




and the old city wall with Zhonghua gate


a look to the left...



and the right...


the wall dates back to the early Ming dynasty (14th century). It took 21 years for the project, which involved 200,000 laborers to move 7 million cubic meters of earth.


meanwhile it is surrounded by Nanjing outskirts
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time to visit Nanjing most famous sight: Sun Yatsen's memorial

it is located within the piurple mountains,

a scenic forested area just next to the ncity surrounded by pancake-flat countryside

it was the first time since 6 months I was able to breathe clean air again!

approaching the memorial site



we are not the only one to do so...




here we are...






a look over my shoulder


Sun Yatsen himself

a chinese revolutionary and political leader, almost as famopus and bewondered like Mao Tse Tung of the old Chinese generation

but - take note - a liberal and democrat

on a mission impossible trying to unify China after the fall of the empire in 1911

against all internal forces (communists, traditionals) and external forces (Japan, the West).

by the way i forgot about the photos

this is near the memorial entering the Purple Mountains protected area


way too much photos...it's better I stop now...

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sorry wrong [email protected], please move to "urban showcase" - thanks
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Lovely photos i enjoyed looking at them and reading the information
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Good Photos!
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Lovely photos i enjoyed looking at them and reading the information
thanks. are you from Asia?
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weiter gehts







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Linggu temple from Lingan dynasty - 6th century. Gosh! During this time noting happened in Europah





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some pictures from the holocaust memorial site

...without any comments...if you want some more information on this --> www.google.de





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