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Spring Festival (aka Chinese New Year) has come and gone, meaning it's really true: warm breezes and blossoming trees are just around the corner. Even if you can't believe it from Shanghai's signature rainy weather and freezing indoor temps, spring is coming – the perfect time for weekend getaways.
Nanjing Plum Blossom Festival
An easy 90-minute ride via bullet train or three hours by car from Shanghai, Nanjing is a destination that has it all – culture, history, food and plenty of stunning outdoor sights.
Niushoushan Mountain Cultural Park Palace
Nanjing is recognised as one of the four great ancient capitals of China, having served as the capital for ten Chinese dynasties and regimes over the course of 1,800 years. Home to some of the country’s most significant historical sites, there's plenty to explore and immerse yourself in.
Nanjing City Wall
Sites you should be ticking off on your visit to the Jiangsu province capital include the Xiaoling Tomb of the Ming Dynasty, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Dr Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum; The Presidential Palace; and a City Wall that dates back more than 600 years. Popular attractions also feature China’s oldest public library and one of the country’s first museums, the Nanjing Museum.
Porcelain Tower Heritage Park
To spark some inspiration for your visit and get you planning, the Nanjing Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism has launched a new six-episode YouTube series that delves into the best parts of the city, with what to see, eat and do. Each 'chapter' of the programme is comprised of an insider’s look at its signature attractions through the eyes of a foreigner.
Niushoushan Cultural Park
The videos give a glimpse into the rich culture and history that Nanjing has to offer, delving into sites including the destination’s tourism hub Qinhuai River Scenic Area, UNESCO World Heritage-designated Ming Tombs and the Nanjing City Wall. After watching each episode, you can take a quiz on Instagram and Facebook Stories @GoToNanjing to test out your Nanjing knowledge and learn even more.
Intrigued? Get a taste of the series below:
For more information on Nanjing, visit www.GoToNanjing.com or follow the destination on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube @GoToNanjing. See more of the series on YouTube.