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Nestled on the south bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province, is often viewed as one of the most alluring destinations in China.
As one of China's most important cities, Nanjing, a.k.a. Nanking, once served as the capital of many Chinese dynasties.
It is known as one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China and has also played an important role in China's modern history.
Despite of Nanjing's glory days, China's former capital went through unfortunate lows, leading to its loss in capital city ranking.
In 1839, the Opium War burst out after Lin Zexu, an unflagging official, burnt twenty thousand boxes of opium in Humen.
And it gets worse.
In Xiaguan, the corrupt Qing government under pressure by British forces, signed the infamous Nanjing Treaty, the first of the 'Unequal Treaties' which relinquished Hong Kong from China for more than hundred years.
This treaty resulted in more invasions and colonial rule of the western countries; leaving China in a dark place, sinking into harder times.
But the dagger to the heart was the Japanese invasion, which led to the Nanjing Massacre when approximately over 300, 000 people were brutally massacred.
Accommodation: Grand Yulanting Hotel Nanjing or similar
Welcome to day 1 of your Nanjing tour. Today, we start off by easing you in right from the morning where you will be picked up at Nanjing railway station by one of our tour guides.
You will then travel to the Mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat-sen. He was a great pioneer of the Chinese democratic revolution.
Afterwards, we will take you to visit Xiaoling where you will find the tomb of Zhu Yuanzhang and his beloved wife.
Zhu Yuanzhang (1328–1398) was the first emperor of Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). The story of Zhu Yuanzhang is an interesting tale: he was born a peasant who turned into a monk; then a rebel leader, and finally became the first emperor of the new dynasty.
After we make our way through Xiaoling, we explore the bustling market street around the Confucius Temple, which is trumpeted as being the center of culture where you'll find amazing arts, shopping, entertainment and grand fairs.
We stay the night and escort you to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Welcome to day 2 of your Nanjing tour. It starts off in the morning, where we'll pick you up at your hotel and escort you to the Memorial Hall of Nanking Massacre.
The massacre, also referred to as, the 'Rape of Nanking' was instigated by the Japanese troops against Nanjing, then capital of Republic of China for six weeks in late 1937.
The estimated death toll is more than 300,000, where an estimated 20, 000 to 80, 000 women were sexually assaulted. It left the Nationalist capital in wreckage.
After learning about the Nanking Massacre, we will visit the Nanjing Museum and Xuanwu Lake.
From there in the afternoon, you will be dropped off at the Nanjing railway station, ending your 2-day Nanjing tour.
For more information about this 2-day Nanjing tour feel free to contact us at www.sublimechina.com.