The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre

The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre

The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre

The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre
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Jo-Ann
Washington15,461 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Great visit. No need appointment. You just need to scan and register yourself before you enter. Of course health codes are a must and temperature will be monitored.
The place is huge and do visit all the museums inside the compound. Very educational. Emotional too. But, the historical events were very well done up.
Written November 7, 2021
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Cruiser46021390302
Heidelberg, Germany41 contributions
Oct 2020
We arrived here only to find that it requires an app download and appointment to see. It was completely booked for the entirety of our trip and we were unable to go inside. I've included a picture of the QR code to hopefully save someone else. Really disappointed we couldn't go.
Written October 8, 2020
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GettingThere
Shanghai, China4 contributions
Jul 2020
This memorial is easy to get to via subway. Be prepared to bring your local ID card or passport and to walk for quite a long distance. The museum will make you sad to be human and sick at all the suffering caused by the Japanese military in the 1930s. Nonetheless, the museum tries to give a positive spin to things, by featuring people who sought to save residents during the massacre, the efforts of journalists to tell the real story of the massacre to the outside world, and efforts to create peace after the war.
Written August 1, 2020
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Heminihema
Kandy, Sri Lanka122 contributions
Aug 2019
Beautiful exhibition and memorial. Very informative and enjoyable for a history buff like myself. Highly recommend a visit.
Written July 15, 2020
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Daniel C
Middlesbrough, UK163 contributions
Jul 2019
Once you enter the memorial site you'll walk down along a row of statues, they look crooked and almost as if their stone skin has melted; old people and children, adults and babies, either dead or suffering. On the bottom of the statues are some sentences written in English and Chinese, giving a taste of how people were feeling as the Japanese were attacking. You then enter a large yard with a large cross and the number 300,000 in large numbers, representing those who lost their lives in the attack. There is also a large bell, every single details of which represents something, however it's too long to describe in this review. You can see a few more statues and then you'll follow a path dotted with several large stones, each one depicting the site where hundreds of people were killed. Further on you can see some of the bones of those who died and there is a small cinema that shows the events in more detail. You'll also see a museum showing the stages of Japan's invasion before the massacre, when they took they city and those who helped save thousands of people, there is also a hall dedicated to the survivors. At the end of the site is a large white statue standing on a pedestal representing peace despite all of the terrible things that had happened.
Written June 15, 2020
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expat84
Arizona37 contributions
Sep 2019
Excellent to see a memorial to a bad time in history. Makes us conscious of the fact that the human spirit is resilient in face of cruelty.
Written March 9, 2020
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Giz
53 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
A very interesting part of China's history. So so very sad. Hugh walls of pictures of those who survived & died. Monuments as You are walking in. No guide needed unless you want in depth explanations. We walked around ourselves. Worth a visit.
Written February 27, 2020
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geo3
Calgary, Canada1,249 contributions
Apr 2019
Very well-done, and very worthwhile.

This museum has an impact partly because it is so understated and matter-of-fact in telling the story of what happened. I appreciated the personal aspect of what is presented (i.e. the pictures of survivors, and the pictures of victims, so personalities are attached to the stories).

There are eye-witness accounts from not only Chinese residents but also western residents of Nanjing. (Nanjing at the time had one of the largest number of foreign residents of any city in China). I had known about the massacre from previous reading, but was not aware of the role that the foreign residents played in protecting a significant number of the Chinese citizens in the city.

This museum was one of the main reasons I visited Nanjing. While in Nanjing, I had a private tour guide for some of the time, but it was interesting to me that I had to be quite persistent with the guide to get this on the planned itinerary. For some reason she felt this would not be of interest to a western tourist, which is entirely incorrect.

Highly recommended.
Written February 21, 2020
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kimchibaby
Hamilton, New Zealand31 contributions
Nov 2019
This was absolutely spectacular. It’s very, very solemn yet portrayed and showed very tastefully. They have laid it out very well with many detailed accounts and Information from all sides. I fully encourage all for this to be at the top of your list visiting Nanjing, and give it at least 2 hours (remember, at the VERY LEAST!) I spent almost four hours here myself. The only critique I would have for this place is that some of the descriptions and writing of displays is very tricky to read due to size of font in some places.

I didn’t end up taking photos inside due to being completely immersed. A MUST INDEED
Written January 16, 2020
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia64,088 contributions
Jan 2020
Remembering the horrors of the brutal massacre, by Japanese invaders, of about 300,000 Chinese military and civilians who had surrendered and put down their weapons. During the ensuing weeks, the Japanese soldiers looted and ravaged Nanjing and raped 20,000 Chinese women.
Written January 10, 2020
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