NANJING, with its rich cultural heritage and history, has long been an attraction for tourists from all over the world.
Together with Beijing, Xi'an and Loyang, Nanjing is one of the four ancient cities of China.
Nanjing first served as the imperial capital during the three-kingdom period between AD220 and AD280.
Since then, Nanjing has served as the capital for a series of kingdoms and dynasties, from Eastern Wu, Eastern Jin and the Song, Qi, Liang, Chen, Southern Tang to the Ming, the Heavenly Peace Kingdom and the People's Republic.
Nanjing is located on the prosperous plain of the lower reaches of the Yangtze river, across both banks.
The city faces the Yellow Sea in the east, reaching the Jin and Chu area in the west, connecting with Anhui province and Zhejiang province in the south and the Huaihe river in the north.
As the capital of Jiangsu province, Nanjing has jurisdiction over 11 districts and 4 counties, and a population of 5.45 million.
Due to its rich history, Nanjing is packed with various tourist attractions, from old mansions, museums, ancient temples and gardens, to shopping malls, bazaars and night markets.
Some of the more popular tourist spots in Nanjing are Dr Sun Yat-Sen's Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, Ming-Dynasty Emperors' Tomb, Confucius Temple, ZhongHua (China) fortress gate, Nanjing Museum, Zajinshan Observatory, Zhongshan Hill (also known as Purple Mountain) and Xuawu Lake.
Apart from tourist attractions, Nanjing also has a long history of fine food with a variety of cuisine.
Nanjing's food, served in small dishes, is known to be light, fresh and sweet. The most common cooking techniques are steaming, stewing and frying.
Some of Nanjing's most popular cuisine are stewed chicken, packaged duck and shark's fin, imperial light sea cucumber and a host of fresh water seafood dishes.
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