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How to Visit Nanjing Massacre Museum

Saturday, December 1st, 2018
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Plan your Nanjing Tour? Nanjing Massacre Museum is the big draw on your Nanjing trip. The museum’s official name is called the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders (侵华日军南京大屠杀遇难同胞纪念馆).

The museum tells the overwhelming atrocities of raping, killing, burning and looting committed by the Japanese forces of aggression during the six weeks from December 13 to January, 1938. In the massacre, a total of 300,000 people were killed including 28 mass slaughters and 858 occasional slaughters.

The Massacre Museum was open to the public on August 15, 1985. It was renovated and revamped in 1995. The museum is constructed on the site of one of the mass graves known as Jiangdongmen Mass Grave where over 10000 corpses of victims were buried. The museum is located in the west of Nanjing city with its address at No.418, Jiangdongmen Street.

The Massacre Museum has a total area of 30,000 square meters with 9 gates. It is mainly composed of four sections: Site Square, Exhibition Area. Mass Grave of 10000 Corpse and Peace Park with a total area of 30,000 square meters.

We are thankful for Iris Chang who has let the people around world better know the massacre.  Iris Shun-Ru Chang (March 28, 1968 – November 9, 2004) was an American-born Chinese journalist, best known for her best-selling “The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II”.

How to get there and visiting route

Take subway line 2 and get off at the station of Yunjin Lu (云锦路) and exit at Exit 2. When you exit from the subway station, you will see a huge architecture built of grey marble.

This is the Massacre Museum. You should enter Gate 1, first visit the Exhibition Area, then the Site Square, the Mass Grave of 10000 Corpses and finally the Peace Park. You are advised to exit from the Gate 2 and get back to the subway Station of Yunjin Lu (云锦路).

Follow me to visit the Massacre Museum.

Take subway line 2 and get off at the station of Yunjin Lu (云锦路)

The museum is a grey marble building with overwhelming statues and sculptures.

The museum is a grey marble building with overwhelming statues and sculptures.

People are waiting in line to visit the museum free of charge. Try to avoid weekends and holidays and get to there earlier to beat the crowds. Each day there are a huge number of visitors coming to the museum.

People are waiting in line to visit the museum free of charge.

When you enter the museum, you are on the site square, open and not so overpowering with people. The most prominent site you will see the stone wall engraved with the time of the massacre and 300,000 victims.

The most prominent site you will see the stone wall

Turn right and walk to the Exhibition Area. In the exhibition hall, exhibits, photos and the memorabilia in the cabinets in English Japanese and Chinese tell their own stories without words. 
People are looking at the exhibits.

People are looking at the exhibits.

Mass Slaughters

Mass Slaughters

Occasional Slaughters

Occasional Slaughters

20000 case of rape during Nanjing Massacre.

20000 case of rape during Nanjing Massacre

After visiting the Exhibition Hall, move on to the Mass Grave of 10000 Corpses.  The Photographs, skeletons and displays tell the haunting stories.

the Mass Grave of 10000 Corpses

A group of student are waiting in line to see the mass grave of the 10000 corpses.

A group of students are waiting in line to see the mass grave of the 10000 corpses.

The Peace Park calls on people to love peace and wipe off the War.

The Peace Park calls on people to love peace and wipe off the War.


Tip:  Hassle-free Nanjing Guided Tours

06611If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Nanjing Guided Tours:

Nanjing Highlight Day Tour  from US$75 p/p
Nanjing 2 Day Highlight Tour  from US$190 p/p
Nanjing One Day Side Trip  from US$90  p/p
Nanjing Suzhou Hangzhou Shanghai 6 Day Tour  from US$560 p/p
Nanjing Car Rental

Further Readings


Nanjing Massacre Museum: The museum tells the overwhelming atrocities committed by the Japanese forces of aggression from December 13 to January, 1938.
Nanjing Presidential Palace:a must-visit sight if you are interested in the modern history of China
Ming Xiaoling Tomb:the burial site of the Hongwu Emperor, the first emperor and founder of Ming Dyansty ( 1368-1644 ).
Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum:Dr. Sun Yat-sen is considered to be the “Father of Modern China” who stablished the Republic of China.
Linggu Temple Scenic Area:The Linggu Temple was gradually built into a cemetery dedicated to the the National Revolutionary Army’s martyes.
Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge:Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is the first bridge over the Yangtze River designed and built by China’s own technical strength.
Fuzi Temple ( Confucius Temple ): A famous local walking area to touch Nanjing’s past and present.
Zhonghua Gate: a renowned ancient city gate in China and the largest ancient city wall gate in the world.
Taiping Heavenly Kingdom History Museum: The museum shows the maps, pictures and captions to tell the progress and history of Taiping Army.

Top 10 Attractions in Nanjing
Nanjing Taxi

Any questions, just drop a line.

How to Visit Nanjing Confucius Temple

Monday, September 17th, 2018
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Plan you Nanjing tour? Visiting the Confucius Temple (夫子庙)and a stroll around its neighbor is worth your time during your short stay in Nanjing. The Confucius Temple in Nanjing is popularly known as Fuzi Miao or Fuzi Temple.

Fuzi Temple ( Nanjing Confucius Temple ) is one of the four most famous Confucius temples in China. Temple of Confucius is a temple devoted to the memory of Confucius (551–479 BCE), the sage and great philosopher of the Spring and Autumn Period of Chinese history.

Today, the Confucius Temple accompanied by its surrounding neighborhood (pedestrian streets) has become a mecca for holiday makers. Every day it seems all the locals of Nanjing throng here, eating, drinking, shopping.

The famous Qinhuai River winds past the south of the Confucius Temple. Boating on the Qinhuai River is one of the highlights visiting Fuzi Temple. There is a huge dragon screen, 110m long and 20m high, recognized as the largest screen in China, on the south bank of the Qinhuai River.

How to get there

It is most convenient to take subway line – take subway line 1 and get off at the station of Sanshan Jie (三山街), and exit from Exit 4 (Jinshanjing 金沙井) and walk a few steps to get to the site of the Confucius Temple area.

A large Confucius Temple Pailou ( a traditional Chinese archway). A restored Qing and Ming dynasty style buildings packed with leisure travelers.

The entrance to the Confucius Temple ( entrance fee: RMB 30)

The entrance to the Confucius Temple

The entrance to the Confucius Temple

Dachen hall is the main dedicated to Confucius
Dachen hall is the main dedicated to Confucius

Dachen hall is the main dedicated to Confucius

At the rear of the temple was the place to study. well known as “No.01 School in the southern China”.
At the rear of the temple was the place to study

At the rear of the temple was the place to study

Play old and traditional music.A huge dragon screen is on the south bank of Qinhua River.
A huge dragon screen is on the south bank of Qinhua River.

A huge dragon screen is on the south bank of Qinhua River.

Crowded with people on the Wende Bridge over Qinhuai River
Choosing Yuhua stones (rain flower stone) on the markets in Fuzi Temple area.
Choosing Yuhua stones (rain flower stone) on the markets in Fuzi Temple area.

Choosing Yuhua stones (rain flower stone) on the markets in Fuzi Temple area.

Plentiful shops and restaurants line the streets
Plentiful shops and restaurants line the streets

Plentiful shops and restaurants line the streets

Steamed buns
Steamed buns

Steamed buns

The famous local snack – “Stinky Tofu” (smelling Smelly tofu)
he famous local snack - Stinky Tofu (smelling Smelly tofu)

he famous local snack – Stinky Tofu (smelling Smelly tofu)

Tip:  Hassle-free Nanjing Guided Tours

06611If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Nanjing Guided Tours:

Nanjing Highlight Day Tour  from US$75 p/p
Nanjing 2 Day Highlight Tour  from US$190 p/p
Nanjing One Day Side Trip  from US$90  p/p
Nanjing Suzhou Hangzhou Shanghai 6 Day Tour  from US$560 p/p
Nanjing Car Rental

Further Readings


Nanjing Massacre Museum: The museum tells the overwhelming atrocities committed by the Japanese forces of aggression from December 13 to January, 1938.
Nanjing Presidential Palace:a must-visit sight if you are interested in the modern history of China
Ming Xiaoling Tomb:the burial site of the Hongwu Emperor, the first emperor and founder of Ming Dyansty ( 1368-1644 ).
Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum:Dr. Sun Yat-sen is considered to be the “Father of Modern China” who stablished the Republic of China.
Linggu Temple Scenic Area:The Linggu Temple was gradually built into a cemetery dedicated to the the National Revolutionary Army’s martyes.
Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge:Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is the first bridge over the Yangtze River designed and built by China’s own technical strength.
Fuzi Temple ( Confucius Temple ): A famous local walking area to touch Nanjing’s past and present.
Zhonghua Gate: a renowned ancient city gate in China and the largest ancient city wall gate in the world.
Taiping Heavenly Kingdom History Museum: The museum shows the maps, pictures and captions to tell the progress and history of Taiping Army.

Top 10 Attractions in Nanjing
Nanjing Taxi

Any questions, just drop a line.

How to Visit Zhonghua Gate Nanjing

Thursday, January 24th, 2013
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Plan your Nanjing Tour? Don’t miss Zhonghua Gate (中华门) , the largest ancient city wall gate complex in China. The massive city wall gate is a historical relic left by Zhu Yuzhuang, the first emperor and founder of Ming Dynasty (1638 -1644) There used to be 13 gates along the over-30km ancient city wall of the Ming Dynasty.

The name of Zhonghua Gate was changed for several time. Firs named “south gate” since it was located on the south of the city. It is also known as Jubaomen “Gathering Treasures Gate”.  In 1931 when the Republic of China government set Nanjing as its capital, the gate was named Zhonghua Gate ( the Gate of China ).

To get there, just take subway line 1 and get off at the station of Zhonghua Gate (中华门).

The city gate castle has 3 inner cities connected by four arched gates with its dimensions 118.5 m from east to west, and 128 m from south to north. Each inner city had holes to hide soldiers. Each gate was equipped with a Qianjinzha ( Heavy Gate ) which could be opened up and down.

The Zhonghua Gate has gong through wind and rain for 600 years. It still keeps it original appearance though much of its wooden structures destroyed. Zhonghua Gate is a master piece of China’s ancient engineering project of complex and intricate design, which has a prominent place in the wall construction history in China.

Four Gates Linking Three Inner Cities inside the Zhonghua Gate.

Four Gates Linking Three Inner Cities inside the Zhonghua Gate.

Four Gates Linking Three Inner Cities inside the Zhonghua Gate.

On each side of the gate, there are two large ramps used for running soldiers on horse up to the top of the gate castle.
 ramps used for running soldiers on horse up to the top of the gate

ramps used for running soldiers on horse up to the top of the gate

The Gate is made of huge strip stones and bricks.
The Gate is made of huge strip stones and bricks.

The Gate is made of huge strip stones and bricks.

Brick stairs leading up to the top
Brick stairs leading up to the top

Brick stairs leading up to the top

On the top and have a look at the three inner cities.
On the top and have a look at the three inner cities.

On the top and have a look at the three inner cities.

On the top and look at the ramp and the inner cities.
On the top and look at the ramp and the inner cities.

On the top and look at the ramp and the inner cities.

The City Wall and the Zhonghua Gate
The City Wall and the Zhonghua Gate

The City Wall and the Zhonghua Gate

The ancient cannons on the top
The ancient cannons on the top

The ancient cannons on the top

The Nanjing ancient city wall
The Nanjing ancient city wall

The Nanjing ancient city wall

Tip:  Hassle-free Nanjing Guided Tours

06611If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Nanjing Guided Tours:

Nanjing Highlight Day Tour  from US$75 p/p
Nanjing 2 Day Highlight Tour  from US$190 p/p
Nanjing One Day Side Trip  from US$90  p/p
Nanjing Suzhou Hangzhou Shanghai 6 Day Tour  from US$560 p/p
Nanjing Car Rental

Further Readings


Nanjing Massacre Museum: The museum tells the overwhelming atrocities committed by the Japanese forces of aggression from December 13 to January, 1938.
Nanjing Presidential Palace:a must-visit sight if you are interested in the modern history of China
Ming Xiaoling Tomb:the burial site of the Hongwu Emperor, the first emperor and founder of Ming Dyansty ( 1368-1644 ).
Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum:Dr. Sun Yat-sen is considered to be the “Father of Modern China” who stablished the Republic of China.
Linggu Temple Scenic Area:The Linggu Temple was gradually built into a cemetery dedicated to the the National Revolutionary Army’s martyes.
Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge:Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is the first bridge over the Yangtze River designed and built by China’s own technical strength.
Fuzi Temple ( Confucius Temple ): A famous local walking area to touch Nanjing’s past and present.
Zhonghua Gate: a renowned ancient city gate in China and the largest ancient city wall gate in the world.
Taiping Heavenly Kingdom History Museum: The museum shows the maps, pictures and captions to tell the progress and history of Taiping Army.

Top 10 Attractions in Nanjing
Nanjing Taxi

Any questions, just drop a line.