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Purple Mountain (Zijin Shan)

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Purple Mountain (Zijin Shan)

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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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Daniel C wrote a review Jul 2020
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom161 contributions32 helpful votes
Located just outside of Nanjing, you can grab a metro train to the outskirts of the city and then begin your climb, though it shouldn't be too difficult since it's not massively big or steep and there are steps along the whole way to follow. Although when I climbed this mountain back in 2018 it was covered in snow and ice so I did have to literally climb it, watch where I stepped, hold onto the wooden posts running along the sides, be steady as I stepped onto the snow. There is a cable car you take to the top but that ruins the fun and sense of achievement you get once you reach the top; plus there are some small places where you can get food which you'll need after the climb. The only real problem is going back down, while this is fine in summer, in winter time it can be dangerous since I slipped a few times. The Mountain is connected to a large park and in the park you can find a monument dedicated to Dr. Sun Yat Sen, the first president of China. You will not be able to reach the very top of the mountain because there is a military base there and the authorities will not allow it, you can still get high enough to look down on all of Nanjing and take some great photos.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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UOtterTravel wrote a review Mar 2020
Port Saint Lucie, Florida1,296 contributions394 helpful votes
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We saw the Purple Mountains while on a day tour of Nanjing. It was quite busy the day we visited as it was the last day of the Plum Blossom Festival and many people were taking photos. There were many sites to see, including the mausoleum, which we viewed from the base. The blossoms were beautiful!
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Date of experience: April 2019
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WengKeeLeong wrote a review Dec 2019
Singapore, Singapore301 contributions116 helpful votes
It was a wet day when we visited, although not drenchingly so. Took a Didi up to the observatory museum, which has a couple of interesting exhibits including armillary(?) and water clocks but explanatory notes are almost exclusively in Chinese only. If not for the weather the view should have been great. We decided to take the ropeway (cable car) down, which you get to along a path along the boundary of the observatory. To get there, at the exit of the museum area, there is a path and sign for the ropeway to the right. Take the path towards the right (along a fence); it is a distance of a few hundred metres of undulating terrain (but the brick path is good) to the ropeway station, which is a midway station. It costs 60 RMB for the downhill journey. At the base station, a 50 m or so walk downwards is a bus stop. We took a car for 60 RMB towards the city but it is more a scam since the distance is fairly short; probably taking a bus would have been better!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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ckm818 wrote a review Dec 2019
Hong Kong, China205 contributions382 helpful votes
Hiking as a tourist: an activity to breathe new air, exercise at your own pace, and be merry with birdsongs around. But it’s also a much-sought-after getaway for locals. That’s certainly the case in Nanjing’s Purple Mountain. On my way up, I witnessed employees from Dyson walking as a team. On the way back, there are many dog owners enjoying the outdoor walk with their pets. The climb was not too demanding, but definitely more so than the option of cable car. One of my vivid memories was the open mouth of my travel guide when I elected to go on foot. And, why not? The view is worth the mileage.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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jjmagpie wrote a review Oct 2019
Melbourne, Australia7 contributions8 helpful votes
It’s open! To find it, search Zijinshan Cableway Ticket Office on Apple Maps or ZiJinShan SuoDao which is the bus stop at the bottom of the cableway. ¥100 return or ¥60 one way with the option of getting off at the observatory half way along. A good view over Nanjing with some walks and food options at the top. Try to go on a clearer day but either way, it makes for a nice day out.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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