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“A difficult but important place to visit”

The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre
Ranked #1 of 405 things to do in Nanjing
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“A difficult but important place to visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

This memorial is incredibly powerful. The stories told are very moving. It is appalling that these events are so little known in the west.

It is not suitable for children or people of a sensitive nature. The display is unrelenting does include open graves.

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“Moving tribute”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

This is truly a world class memorial to an almost forgotten tragedy. The museum hall is very well done and the pictures and artefacts really bring the massacre to life. Combined with the open mass graves, you will leave feeling quite emotional. Absolute must visit.

Visited January 2013
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Charleston, South Carolina
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“A stunning experience. And I mean that literally.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

I broke down halfway through the museum and had to get outside for a break before heading back in. It's simply hard to believe the atrocities that we humans are capable of committing. Nanjing is certainly not the only place where this has happened, but it's one of the few that has thoroughly documented and made public the whole story. That story is something we need to know.

Visited December 2012
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San Francisco, California
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“Educating”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

This is China's version of the Holocaust museum. Lots and lots of pictures. Each of the portraits has a story about the person, which are fascinating reads. Everything is written in Chinese, English and Japanese. You could spend a full day reading everything since there is both a bottom and top floor of exhibits. Would probably not take young kids since you have to spend time reading to appreciate the museum.

Visited January 2013
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“Must see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

I'll agree that the memorial is a must see in Nanjing, but I found it very odd that the 300,000 number was scattered throughout the memorial. The design of the memorial is incredible and really tells the sobering story of the massacre. It would have received 5 stars, but the fact that they really drove home the amount of people that died instead of highlighting the victim's lives was a bit insulting. You won't see the same thing happen in a Holocaust museum, where many many more lives were lost.

Visited March 2012
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