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How to Visit Zhonghua Gate Nanjing (Tips, Photos & Maps)

Thursday, January 20th, 2022
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Plan your Nanjing Tour? Don’t miss Zhonghua Gate (中华门瓮城) , the largest ancient city wall gate complex in China, akin to a huge castle in the west. 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 of this kind 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 ).

How get to Gate of China Nanjing (Gate Castle)

” Zhonghua” literally means “China”, so that’s why the Google Map recognizes the Zhonghua Gate as “Gate of China, Nanjing“. It is located at Zhonghua Road, Qinhuai District, Qinhuai District, Nanjing.

Public bus lines:
1) From Nanjing Railway Station, take Bus No. 33 and get off at Zhonghuamen Stop.
2) From Xinjiekou South Station, take bus No. 16 or 33 to Zhonghuamen Station
3) From Lukou Airport, take the airport bus from Nanjing Lukou Airport to Zhonghuamen Long-distance passenger station, then transfer to No.2 bus to Zhonghuamen Station and get off.

Subway
Take Nanjing Metro Line 1 to Zhonghuamen Station and walk there

How to Visit Zhonghua Gate Nanjing

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 Map of Zhonghua Gate Nanjing (Google)

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.

The Bird’s-eye view of the Gate of China ( Image credit: sina.com.cn)

Entrance Fee: 50 yuan per person
Opening Hours: 8: 30 – 20:30

Gate of China is only a 20-minute walk away from the Nanjing Confucius Temple Area (Google)

While you are planning your short trip to the Gate of China, you are recommended to go deeper to include Nanjing Confucius Temple-The Qinhuai River Scenic Area after you visit the Zhonghua Gate since the gate is only a 20-minute walk from the prominent scenic area.

Now Nanjing Confucius Temple with its old world charming surrounding area is popularly and officially known as Nanjing Confucius Temple-The Qinhuai River Scenic Area (夫子庙秦淮风光带).

Virtual Tour of Gate of China Nanjing

Follow us to have a virtual tour of Zhonghua Gate Nanjing (Gate Castle).

The main gate to the gate castle has three layers, 21.45 meters high.

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

two large ramps outside the gate used for running soldiers on horse up to the top
So people can go up to the top of the castle through the ramp.
The two smaller side gates of the gate castle are for the daily traffic for the locals.
The inner gates linking the three inner cities inside Gate of China castle
Each gate inside the castle is made of huge strip stones and bricks.
In each of the three inner cities, there are Brick stairs leading up to the top.
 
A bird-eye’s view of the inner city behind the huge main gate
One of the three inner city inside the gate castle
The ancient cannons on the top
The Gate of China links the city wall winding further into the city.
Overlooking the three inner cities from the top

It is estimated that hundreds of millions of bricks were used to build the Ming City wall in Nanjing. The bricks are generally 40 ~ 45 cm long, 20 cm wide and 10 ~ 12 cm thick.

The bricks are generally 40 ~ 45 cm long

Tip:  Hassle-free Jiangsu Guided Tours

If you don’t want to do a self-guided tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for organized tours to Jiangsu Province:

Nanjing Tour
Suzhou Tour
Jiangsu Tour

Further Readings

Top 10 Attractions in Nanjing
How to Visit Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall
How to Visit Nanjing Confucius Temple-The Qinhuai River Scenic Area
How to Visit Zhonghua Gate Nanjing
How to Visit Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge
How to Visit Linggu Temple Scenic Area
Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum Music Stage
How to Visit Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum
How to Visit Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum
How to Visit Nanjing Presidential Palace

Nanjing South Railway Station
Nanjing Taxi: Nanjing Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones
Suzhou Railway Station
Suzhou Taxi: Suzhou Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones

Top 10 Attractions in Suzhou
Suzhou Railway Station
How to Visit Tongli Water Town
How to Visit Zhouzhuang Water Town
How to Visit Pingjiang Road in Suzhou
How to Visit The Garden of the Master of the Nets
How to visit Humble Administrator’s Garden
How to Visit Lion Grove Garden
How to Visit Canglang Pavilion
How to Visit Guanqian Street in Suzhou
4 Amazing Short Trip Ideas from Shanghai
Wuzhen Pictures – Wuzhen Photo Gallery
Zhouzhuang Pictures – Zhouzhuang Photo Gallery

How to Visit Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge (Tips, Photos & Map)

Sunday, January 2nd, 2022
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Plan your Nanjing Tour? Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is highly recommended. Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is the third bridge built over the Yangtze River after Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge and Chongqing Baishatuo Yangtze River Bridge.

Now there are over 100 bridges over the Yangtze River Bridge. Of all the Yangtze River bridges, Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge occupies a unique position in China’s bridge building industry with great historical value.

Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is the first bridge over the Yangtze River designed and built by China’s own technical strength. Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is the pride of Chinese people and a proof of the spirit and ability of the Chinese people in Mao Zedong’s era.

Located about 16km to the northwest of Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum (Google)

The construction of Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge started on January 18, 1960. Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is a double-decked road-rail truss bridge. Its rail bridge was open to the traffic in September, 1968 and the road bridge was finished in December, the same year.

The bridge is composed of the ramp bridge and the main bridge. Its main bridge is 1577m long and the ramp road bridge is 19.5m wide and 3012m long, wide enough for four trucks to run abreast. The lower deck rail bridge is 6772m long and 14m wide, double rails wide enough for two trains going in opposite directions.

At the both end of the bridge there are a couple of bridge towers with 70 meters long. You can take a lift to the base of a 70m bridge tower. Three red flags atop the bridge towers, which represent People’s Commune, Great Leap Forward and General Path popular in 1959s.

150 couple of white magnolia shaped road lamps on the bridge are arranged in an orderly manner. At nightfall, when all the lamps are lit, the bridge looks extremely beautiful.

Entrance Free of Charge

Bridge Entrance: Free of Charge
Bridge Tower Entrance: Free of Charge
Opening Hour: 07:30 – 18:00
Free Opening Hour: 5:00 – 7:30; 18:00 – 22:00

How to get to Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge

First take subway line 1 and get off at the station of Gulou (鼓楼). At the northeast corner, you will find the Gulou Bus Station of Bus No.67. Get on the Bus 67 and get off at the last stop – Nanbao Park (South Bridge Tower Park).

Take d17 bus to Jiangshan · Daqiao North Road Station (江山路·大桥北路站), get off and walk 1600 meters to Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge

Virtual Tour of Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge

Follow us to have a virtual tour of Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge.

The entrance to the bridge park and the ticket office stands by the right side.
The entrance to the bridge park.
Walk past the park under the ramp bridge and aprroch the bridge tower
Walk past the park under the ramp bridge and approach the bridge tower

On the first floor of the bridge tower is the exhibition hall introducing the history of the building of Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge. The huge statue of Mao Zedong is located in the center of the hall.

The huge statue of Mao Zedong is located in the center of the hall.
The huge statue of Mao Zedong is located in the center of the hall.
Waiting for a lift up to the 70-meter high bridge tower
Waiting for a lift up to the 70-meter high bridge tower
The couple of bridge towers in the south end of the main bridge.
The couple of bridge towers in the south end of the main bridge.

Three Flags atop the bridge towers indicating People’s Commune, Great Leap Forward and General Path popular in 1959s. 

Three Flags atop the bridge towers
Three Flags atop the bridge towers

The sculpture is composed of 5 figures representing workers, peasants, soldiers, students and intellectuals, and businessmen, the major five sectors of the society.

workers, peasants, soldiers, students and intellectuals, and businessmen
workers, peasants, soldiers, students and intellectuals, and businessmen

The Yangtze bridge is a double-decked road-rail truss bridge with 9 bridge piers.

The Yangtze bridge is a double-decked road-rail truss bridge with 9 bridge piers.
The Yangtze bridge is a double-decked road-rail truss bridge with 9 bridge piers.

The upper deck is the 4-lane road deck with 150 couple of white magnolia shaped road lamps arranged in an orderly manner on the main bridge.

The upper deck is the 4-lane road deck
The upper deck is the 4-lane road deck

The total 3012m long ramp bridge 

The total 3012m long ramp bridge
The total 3012m long ramp bridge

Tip:  Hassle-free Jiangsu Guided Tours

If you don’t want to do a self-guided tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for organized tours to Jiangsu Province:

Nanjing Tour
Suzhou Tour
Jiangsu Tour

Further Readings

Top 10 Attractions in Nanjing
How to Visit Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall
How to Visit Nanjing Confucius Temple-The Qinhuai River Scenic Area
How to Visit Zhonghua Gate Nanjing
How to Visit Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge
How to Visit Linggu Temple Scenic Area
Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum Music Stage
How to Visit Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum
How to Visit Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum
How to Visit Nanjing Presidential Palace

Nanjing South Railway Station
Nanjing Taxi: Nanjing Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones
Suzhou Railway Station
Suzhou Taxi: Suzhou Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones

Top 10 Attractions in Suzhou
Suzhou Railway Station
How to Visit Tongli Water Town
How to Visit Zhouzhuang Water Town
How to Visit Pingjiang Road in Suzhou
How to Visit The Garden of the Master of the Nets
How to visit Humble Administrator’s Garden
How to Visit Lion Grove Garden
How to Visit Canglang Pavilion
How to Visit Guanqian Street in Suzhou
4 Amazing Short Trip Ideas from Shanghai
Wuzhen Pictures – Wuzhen Photo Gallery
Zhouzhuang Pictures – Zhouzhuang Photo Gallery

Any questions, just drop a line.

Nanjing Taxi: Nanjing Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones

Saturday, December 4th, 2021
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The Total Taxi Number in Nanjing

Plan your Nanjing tour? At the time of my writing, Nanjing has over 9,000 taxis in service. The competition is hectic due to the rising of mobile transportation companies. But the traditional Taxis still ply the main street in the city. Basically it is very convenient to find a taxi in Nanjing.

If you want to rent a car with driver to visit Nanjing on your own way, check out the link for more information: Nanjing Car Rental.

Taxi Models in Nanjing

The models of taxi in Nanjing include Pusang, Santana 2000, Santana 300,Kia, Jetta, Qirui, Cirtroen, Passat, Red-flag, and Buick…

Taxi Models in Nanjing

Nanjing Taxi Fares

The starting price of Nanjing taxi is 11 yuan per 3 km, and then according to the different models, the charge is different, ordinary car 2.4 yuan/km; mid-range car, pure electric car, high-grade car: 2.9 yuan/km.

When the cruising taxi’s speed is less than 12km/h (inclusive) (including stopping), the low speed driving fee will be charged at different times of the whole day, that is, the low speed driving fee will be charged according to the actual execution of the vehicle kilometer rate every 5 minutes at other times of the whole day other than the peak traffic hours.

Nanjing Taxi Company Bookings

Nanjing taxi booking call: 965188, Nanjing traffic service hotline: 86600270, 52629797

Hailing a taxi in the city of Nanjing

The best places to hail a taxi is near the train station, the Airport, Bus stops, Scenic Spots, Hotels and the taxi stands.

Nanjing Taxi rider’s rights

As a taxi rider, you have the rights below:
Direct drive to your destination and no compulsory car pooling
Go to any destination in and beyond Nanjing
Your car driver knows the streets in Nanjing and the way to major destinations in Nanjing;
Your driver should know and abide by all traffic laws;
Air-conditioning on demand;
A radio-free trip;
No Smoking
A clean passenger seat area;
A clean trunk
A driver uses the horn only when necessary to warn of danger;
No Tip

Nanjing Taxi Stands

Generally speaking, There are some taxi stands on the main streets in Nanjing but most of these taxi stands are no more than ornaments, neglected both by taxi drivers and passengers, just like other cities. People just hail a taxi anywhere they feel safe and convenient.

Nanjing Taxi Complaints

If you have any problem with a taxi in Nanjing, please contact the following:
•Nanjing Taxi Complaining Number.: 025-12328; 96196

Nanjing Taxi Useful Information

•Using a meter instead of bargaining with the cab driver
•If you want to take a taxi to suburban areas of Nanjing, you can have a bargain with the driver before you get in the taxi.
•Nanjing Airport – Nanjing Downtown: RMB60-70
•Nanjing Railway Station – Nanjing Airport: around RMB120
•Nanjing Railway Station – Fuzi Temple: RMB25

Tip:  Hassle-free Jiangsu Guided Tours

If you don’t want to do a self-guided tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for organized tours to Jiangsu Province:

Nanjing Tour
Suzhou Tour
Jiangsu Tour

Further Readings

Top 10 Attractions in Nanjing
How to Visit Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall
How to Visit Nanjing Confucius Temple-The Qinhuai River Scenic Area
How to Visit Zhonghua Gate Nanjing
How to Visit Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge
How to Visit Linggu Temple Scenic Area
Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum Music Stage
How to Visit Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum
How to Visit Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum
How to Visit Nanjing Presidential Palace

Nanjing South Railway Station
Nanjing Taxi: Nanjing Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones
Suzhou Railway Station
Suzhou Taxi: Suzhou Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones

Top 10 Attractions in Suzhou
Suzhou Railway Station
How to Visit Tongli Water Town
How to Visit Zhouzhuang Water Town
How to Visit Pingjiang Road in Suzhou
How to Visit The Garden of the Master of the Nets
How to visit Humble Administrator’s Garden
How to Visit Lion Grove Garden
How to Visit Canglang Pavilion
How to Visit Guanqian Street in Suzhou
4 Amazing Short Trip Ideas from Shanghai
Wuzhen Pictures – Wuzhen Photo Gallery
Zhouzhuang Pictures – Zhouzhuang Photo Gallery

Any questions, just drop a line.