The name Nanjing actually means southern capital and this city was the capital of China for several dynasties. It’s now one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, standing beside Luoyang, Beijing, and Xi’an.
You’ll see and experience this history everywhere you go in Nanjing, overlaid by the busyness of modern life. It also has a sometimes-dark modern history, and this has had a profound effect on Nanjing and its residents.
But it isn’t all history and old buildings. Like most places in China, Nanjing has a vibrant food culture, great shopping areas, and lots of attractions for people who want a break from old temples.