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Exploring Nanjing Part II

December 4, 2017

I’m back to share more about my overdue Nanjing trip and I wanna start with my favourite part of the trip. As some of you may know, I’m a Christian but I respect all religions so when I heard that we are visiting Niushoushan Cultural Tourism Zone aka Buddha’s palace, I was pretty excited. I like anything related to history (for the 1000th time haha).

Does it not look like Europe or something? I was shocked by how modern the architecture is!

I haven’t seen anything so grand in a long time and the detailing of the sculptures plus thoughts that were put into building up this magnificent site was just mind-blowing. I particularly like the Usnisa Palace and it was interesting to have my first vegetarian buffet!

Usnisa Pagoda!

For the first night of the trip, we were staying in Gongtangtou Homestay which is located in a serene, off the track village. I’d highly recommend you stay here for a night. We started the morning in their cafe with floor to ceiling shelves of books and whisked into the aroma of coffee, basked into the greenery in the day and ended the night with a dinner prepared by the hosts with their local catch. 

You’ll be shocked by how many beautiful spots there are in Nanjing for nice photos. Talk about golden hour and oriental background! If you’re looking at learning paper-cutting, clay figurine and shadow play from art and craft masters, you can do that at Ganxi Mansion!

Being a frequent traveller to China, this trip to Nanjing really opened my eyes to another side of China ; somewhere more cultured, historic and a good blend of old meets modern. I’d definitely love to visit again and this time, I’d make the Nanjing massacre memorial hall top on my priority list! Followed by dumplings, iced plum juice and more chinese food!

Lastly, a big thank you to Nanjing Tourism Board for organising this trip and Holiday Inn Nanjing Aqua city for making my stay such a comfortable one! I hope to be back again soon (:

If you’d like to find out more, you can click on these links :

www.travelnanjing.net
Facebook: Travel Nanjing
Instagram: @travelnanjing

XX
Sophia Chong

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