Nanjing once served as the capital of China hence the tragedies they faced in 1937. It’s a city full of Chinese history and beauty. Day two was less depressing as we ventured through some of the more historical parts including a visit to Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum, Xiaoling Mausoleum of Ming Dynasty, Nanjing City Wall and Xuanwu Lake.

Dr. Sun Yat-sen was instrumental in overthrowing the Qing Dynasty and came to power in 1912. .He has been regarded as the “Father of the Nation” and is noted as an instrumental agent of change in China. The mausoleum was erected in his honor between 1926-1929 following his death. While I don’t have close ties to the history of China, the Mausoleum was beautiful and rests at the base of Purple Mountain. The 392 steps to the top lend this monument to some awesome views. Seeing so much greenery was a nice change from the city lights of Shanghai…and the fireworks.

Xiaoling Mausoleum of Ming Dynasty was huge. It reminded me of a big park but there it was, some dude in China’s history with acres of land honoring him. The beauty here was also greatly appreciated as we had a gorgeous day of sunshine to walk around and enjoy it in. This mausoleum was constructed for the first emperor of the Qing Dynasty. Construction began in 1381 and was completed in 1431.

The Nanjing City Wall runs roughly 22 miles around the city. Originally constructed to keep out invaders, it is now a historical marker that adds character and charm to this city. Construction on this wall took 21 years and was completed in 1386.

Xuanwu Lake rests in the heart of the city and offers numerous choices for relaxing including boating, flying kites, picnics or just a stroll through its massive beauty. It was super windy while we were here so I did my best not to blow away. We also found humor in the boating activities as I thought maybe they were paddle boats of some kind. Nope. One boat pulls you out into the middle of the lake and you just float around aimlessly for a while. I felt bad for the people who shifted over to the walls and were kind of just stuck there. Nevertheless, I really liked this park and had we not been so hungry, we probably would have joined the masses floating around aimlessly in the lake.


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