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Chaotian Gong of Nanjing

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Chaotian Gong of Nanjing

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Zhicheng Mountain, Mochou Road, Baixia District, Nanjing 210004 China
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Nanjing Private Day Tour of The Republic Era with Lunch
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Nanjing Private Day Tour of The Republic Era with Lunch

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This all-inclusive private 8-hour tour gives you an in-depth history overview of Republic of China regime in Nanjing (1912 to 1949). Accompany with your professional local guide and visit Yat-Sen Mausoleum, Meiling Palace, Presidential Palace of Nanjing and The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre. You can also choose to visit Nanjing Museum to substitute one of above attractions. Your meeting point can be either from your Nanjing Hotel or Nanjing Railway Station.
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Ravi N wrote a review Aug 2018
Waukesha, Wisconsin213 contributions34 helpful votes
The municipal museum isn't very friendly to a western (read English speaking) tourist. The artifacts are fantastic, the collection seems varied. But the plaques are primarily (read only) in Chinese and the stories are lost without context. That said, a few of the older exhbits were excellent despite the language barrier. If you need a few hours off the sun, this is not a bad way to spend it.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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NinoLeeZhongPing wrote a review Dec 2017
Makati, Philippines185 contributions47 helpful votes
This place is free of charge. Its an old temple which was refurbished to a palace after numerous fires. One great bonus are the 2 museums inside. So fantastic. Often people will me the oldest portion of the palace, its the chard remains of the original pillars, which is located at the back portion of the complex. It is soaked in liquid, to prevent further decay. Lots of pavilions abound. Nice place for nice historical photos.
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Date of experience: November 2017
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Samuel A wrote a review Jul 2017
Scottsdale, Arizona424 contributions160 helpful votes
The Chaotian Palace (or Nanjing Municipal Museum) was nice to walk around and learn about the city's great history. For English speakers, I recommend getting a free headset from the visitor's center upon entering the grounds. Admission is quite reasonable at only 25 RMB. Overall, a nice place to spend an hour or two.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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Martin W wrote a review Dec 2014
Hitchin, United Kingdom267 contributions139 helpful votes
Peaceful and tranquil yes, but for me not much else. There is a huge display of treasures and artefacts to see in the museum, but note there are few if any descriptions in English. Yes I know I am in China not London but English is the tourist language in China and they are trying to attract tourists so it's a no brainier - isn't it? I switched off in the museum. All very well looking at great art or old objects but if you aren't told anything about them in a language you can read and understand, you'll switch off too. The roof tiles are very ornate and do add something to the buildings. You have to pay extra to go into the main hall, which kind of defeats the object of charging an admission fee at the front gate in my opinion. Maybe I was having an off day when I visited.
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Date of experience: November 2014
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Gopala Krishna ... A wrote a review Oct 2013
Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India106 contributions112 helpful votes
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Chaotian Palace. This is also called the Nanjing Muncipal Museum. I am not too fond of Museums in general and tend to get bored and sleepy after a certain time but this was an exception. I had a very good time. The usual clothes, vessels, arms etc of the bygone days was present but the way they were presented makes a difference. The buildings are separated into different units and the walking between the buildings makes it much more pleasant with the beautiful surroundings. This museum makes use of excellent lighting techniques. This was built as an imperial palace in the Ming Dynasty. The palace covers an area of more than 70,000 square metres. There are more than 100,000 cultural relics in collection within the palace. The palace was once the Imperial Central University in Song Dynasty. Chaotian palace was first built by the Hongwu Emperor in the late 14th century during the early Ming Dynasty and it was used primarily by members of the royalty for "veneration of ancestors" which is the practice of living family members who try to provide a deceased family member with continuous happiness and well-being in the afterlife. It is a way of continuing to show respect toward them and it reinforces the unity of family and lineage. One department showcases the history of the city. Another department displays the various clothes, jewels and ornaments used by the royal family. One department shows the pottery, tools, weapons, furniture etc. This place is a must if you are touring Nanjing. There is an entrance fee of 20 RMB. You have to shell out another 40 RMB for the Confucious temple exhibit within the campus.
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Date of experience: October 2013
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