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Purple Mountain (Zijin Shan)

Outside Zhongshanmen , Xuanwu District, Nanjing 210018, China
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Ranked #11 of 281 attractions in Nanjing
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains, Parks
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Nanjing, China
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

It always troubles me, an expat living and working in China, to hear people complain about crowds in tourist sights. What else could they expect? China is a country of 1.6 BILLION people. When they want to see something without crowds (which they are very accustomed to), they get up early. I suggest foreign visitors do the same. As well,... More

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Shenyang, China
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76 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I went to the top of the mountain with a cable car, and the journey was scary to be honest. It's like an open cable car, so you can feel the wind, and the trees if it's tall enough. On the top of it you will see the beautiful scenery of Nanjing city and some observatories but only one is... More

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London
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16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Get on the little mini train at the bottom and make sure you get to see as a minimum Dr Sun Yat Sen's mausoleum and the Ming Tombs. Keep your eyes preened for the drives in the woodlands.

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Shanghai, China
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 via mobile

This place is where you can find everything. It is huge and you must come here early in the morning to really enjoy the place. Climbing the stairs can be a struggle but the view is fantastic. You will feel that it is worth the effort. You can find cable car here as well if you're looking the best place... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

The cable car ride is nice but do not expect great scenery; not well looked after. The top is much the same, not much to see, everything was quite unkempt. Other parts of the mountain itself is much better; so if you don't have the time, skip the cable car.

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Michigan
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Plenty to see here. Plan to walk miles and see many things and plenty of beauty in the spring. Not a lot of old stuff here but this is part of the national park with many days of sightseeing needed to see it all.

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Shanghai, China
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14 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

After multiple bus transfers (a couple within the 'mountain zone), we gave up ever trying to make it to the cable cars and discovered that walking was five times faster than bus. Totally disorganized and private cars made a complete mess of the park - should be regulated. Visited the villa of Song Mei-ling, which was a pleasant escape from... More

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Shenyang, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

The picture that shown above that has many stairs and building on top of it is actually "zhongshanling" not really purple mountain although the place is inside the area of purple mountain.. purple mountain is a huge place where there are many tourism places that you can choose like zhonshanling, observatory, mountain peak, etc.. there is two choices if you... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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234 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

The view from the top was okay, but the walk up was very very long and tiring, especially considering the winter weather. However, we had to share the mountain with a large number of tour groups, making the viewing platforms extremely crowded, and this detracted from the overall experience.

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Wilsonville, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Beautiful park, you can take a strenuous hike and get some great views. If it is smoggy, the view is quite diminished.

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