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How to Visit Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge

Thursday, January 10th, 2013
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Plan your Nanjing Tour? Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is highly recommended. Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is the third bridge 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 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.

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.

Bridge Entrance Fee: RMB7
Bridge Tower Entrance Fee: RMB8
Opening Hour: 07:30 – 18:00
Free Opening Hour: 5:00 – 7:30; 18:00 – 22:00

How to get there
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).

The entrance to the bridge park and the ticket office stands by the right side.

The entrance to the bridge park and the ticket office stands by the right side.

The entrance to the bridge park and the ticket office stands by the right side.

Walk past the park under the ramp bridge and approach the bridge tower.
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

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.

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 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 Linggu Temple Scenic Area

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
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Plan your Nanjing Tour? Linggu Temple Scenic Area is one of the three major sights in Zhongshan Mountain National Park in Nanjing. The other two are Dr.Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum, Ming Xiaoling Tomb. Linggu Temple Scenic Spot is located about 1.5km to the east of Dr.Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum on the southeast slope of Zhongshan Mountain.

Linggu Temple Scenic Area is named after the namesake temple – Linggu Temple. Now the scenic area is mainly composed of Linggu Temple, Linggu Pagoda, the Beamless Hall, the Entrance Gate, the Paifang and a large screen wall.

The Linggu Temple was first built in 514 under the reign of the Liang Dynasty (502-557), also known as the Southern Liang Dynasty,  the third of the Southern dynasties during China’s Southern and Northern Dynasties period.

It was originally located in the present site of Ming Xiaoling Tomb.  Zhu Yuanzhang, the First Ming Dynasty Emperor chose the place as his mausoleum and then had the temple moved to the present place. The Lingu Temple was named by Zhu Yuanzhang himself.

It used to be the largest temple at that time with an area of over 300,000 square metres. Later it was destroyed in a warfare and rebuilt in Qing Dynasty. Only the Beamless Hall was left intact.

From 1928 to 1935 during the Kuomintang Government, the Linggu Temple was gradually built into a cemetery dedicated to the the National Revolutionary Army’s martyes  who gave their lives during the Northern Expedition against the northern warlords and the Anti-Japanese Wall. After 1949, Lingu Temple was renamed Linggu Temple Park (Linggu Temple Scenic Area). But people still habitually call it Linggu Temple.

The visit to the Linggu Temple Scenic Area is often followed by the pilgrimage trip to Dr.Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum Visitors can either walk or take an electric car (also known as sightseeing vehicle) from the parking area at Dr.Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum to the Linggu Scenic Area. The transfer ticket costs you RMB 5.

Follow me to visit the Linggu Temple Scenic Area. Take a sightseeing vehicle for RMB 5 from Dr.Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum to the Linggu Temple Park。

Take a sightseeing vehicle for RMB 5 from Dr.Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum to the Linggu Temple Park

Take a sightseeing vehicle for RMB 5 from Dr.Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum to the Linggu Temple Park

This is the main entrance to the Linggu Scenic Area. The entrance is a three-gate hall, green glazed tiles and red wallss on th both sides. 
This is the main entrance to the Linggu Scenic Area

This is the main entrance to the Linggu Scenic Area

Behind the main entance, you walk for a while and see a massive and solumn paifang, a traditional Chinese style gating arch, green glized tiles and inscribed with the the national emblem of the Republic of China.
This is the main entrance to the Linggu Scenic Area

This is the main entrance to the Linggu Scenic Area

Wuliang Hall, known as Beamless Hall. The Beamless Hall is the only remaining ancient relic in the temple with over 600 years’s history. The hall is 22m high, 46.7m wide. It has three archways. The hall was constructed with bricks and without a piece of wood or a single nail, hence the name of “Wuliang Hall” means “beamless hall”.

The Hall used to enshrined Amitayus (Buddha of Infinite Life) whose Chinese name has the same pronunciation as that of Wuliang. Later in 1928, the hall was changed into the memorial hall of soldiers who gave their lives in the War of Northern Expedition (1926–1927). Over 30,000 soldiers were enshrined.

A momument to the 19th Route Army Martyes that primarily led the offensive against the Japanese soldiers invading Shanghai in 1937.

A momument to the 19th Route Army Martyes

A momument to the 19th Route Army Martyes

Linggu Pagoda was originally constructed in 1929 as a monument to the soldiers who died during the War of Northern Expedition (1926–1927).

The 9 stories pagoda is 60.5 metres high, inscribed with the speeches made by Dr. Sun Yat-Sen and epigraphs of Chiang Kai-Shek. 

Linggu Pagoda was originally constructed in 1929 as a monument to the soldiers

Linggu Pagoda was originally constructed in 1929 as a monument to the soldiers

Take a side road leading to the Linggu Temple.
Take a side road leading to the Linggu Temple.

Take a side road leading to the Linggu Temple.

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.

Open Air Musical Hall at Zhongshan Mountain National Park

Monday, January 7th, 2013
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Plan your Nanjing tour? Zhongshan Mountain National Park is a must visit site on your first trip to Nanjing. The massive site of Zhongshan Mountain National Park is mainly composed of four parts – Ming Xiaoling Tomb, Dr.Sun Yatsen’s Mausolseum, Open Air Musical Hall an Linggu Temple Scenic Area. Dr.Sun Yatsen’s Mausolseum is free and open to the public all year around exept on Monday. The entry fee for Zhongshan Mountain National Park is RMB 90 including the entry fees for Ming Xiaoling Tomb, Open Air Musical Hall an Linggu Temple Scenic Area.
 
Follow me to visit the Open Air Musical Hall, which is located adjacent to the south of Dr.Sun Yatsen’s Mausolseum. A bit tired due to the long walk back from the Sacrificial Hall of Dr.Sun Yatsen’s Mausolseum? Take a stroll down along the stone steps leading to the famous Open Air Musical Hall. The Open Air Musical Hall was designed by the well-known atchitects Guan Songsheng and Yang Tingbao. Its construction was completed in 1933 with the donations from the oversea Chinese in San Francisco and the Liaoning Branch of Kuomintang.
 
The open air musical hall is shaped like a semi-circle fan with the center as a stage, behind which there is an echo wall for collecting sound. The semi-circle lawn can accommodate the audience of 3,000. Today the hall site has beome a leisure park for holidaymakers who come here for rewinding, pinic, wedding photography and so on.
 
The open hall is teemig with numerous white doves, a symbol of love and peace. These lively doves are quite friendly to visitors without showing any trace of fear. People play with them, feed them and make friends with them.
 
 
The semi-circle open air musical hall full of doves!
The semi-circle open air musical hall full of doves!

The semi-circle open air musical hall full of doves!

 
Happy with the accomany of doves. 
Happy with the accomany of doves.

Happy with the accomany of doves.

 
The white doves show affection for girls? 
he white doves show affection for girls?

he white doves show affection for girls?

 
The semi-circle hall can hold the audience of 3,000. 
The semi-circle hall can hold the audience of 3,000

The semi-circle hall can hold the audience of 3,000

 
These doves are fed often by visitors
These doves are fed often by visitors

These doves are fed often by visitors

 
Does the dove have reason and thinking?
Does the dove have reason and think

Does the dove have reason and think

 
Incredible number of doves.
Incredible number of doves.

Incredible number of doves.