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Nanjing at a Glance

The pleasant, leafy city of Nanjing is often overlooked on tourist itineraries. However, the city has a lot of history and culture on display and has a large foreign student population. Visit historic Ming Dynasty era buildings, learn about the atrocities of the Nanjing Massacre, or explore Sun Yatsen's Mausoleum. In the evenings, lighten the mood by choosing from hundreds of excellent restaurants and a thumping nightlife scene.

Nanjing served as China's capital during two important periods of history. The Ming Dynasty brought glory to Nanjing and the palace, temples and beautiful gardens that the city enjoys today, were built during 1368 and 1644. Much later, Nanjing was the sight of the Taiping Rebellion against the corrupt Manchu Dynasty. During the first part of the 20th century, Nanjing rose to prominence again as the seat of China's Nationalist Government. In 1937, the Japanese invasion brought unimaginable atrocities on the civilian population. Today, the city is a worldly, cosmopolitan place to visit and an excellent choice for history buffs.

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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Nanjing Lukou International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Visitors to China need a passport with at least six months of validity remaining and a visa appropriate to the type of visit they are making. Travelers will need to visit the website of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China to learn their exact requirements and to prepare the appropriate documents. The process is a bit complicated and the requirements must be met in full in order to enter and exit the country successfully. Once in China, all visitors must register with the state.  American citizens can find out more about the process through the U.S State Department's website. 

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather and Seismic Activity China has earthquakes so be aware of earthquake safety when traveling. Nanjing is known as one of China's three furnaces because summer temperatures are so unbearable.

      Safety Concerns Petty criminals and pickpockets target foreigners. Keep your money and valuables out of sight while on the street and consider putting little used valuables in a safe at your hotel, or in a money belt.

      Health Concerns Smog is a concern in China and many residents wear face masks when out in the streets. Check air-quality ratings before you go out and plan accordingly. Visitors to China should drink bottled water or boil or purify the local water. Only eat fruits and vegetables that can be peeled and be sure to wash food using the purified water.