Bailuzhou Park, literally Egret Island Park, is located in Qinhuai District, Nanjing, adjacent to Nanjing City Wall to the east and Xishiba Road to the west. Covering an area of around 15 hectares, the park is the largest one in the southeast of Nanjing City. It has four gates respectively on Changle Road, Xiaoshiba Road, Pingjiangfu Road and Changbaijie Road.
Its name comes from the small isle on one of the park's lakes. Thriving reeds grow around it and in the autumn, flocks of egrets gather on the small island. In the backdrop of evening glow, snow-white egrets hover and dance merrily, adding charm to Bailuzhou Park, hence its name. Visitors who come to Bailuzhou Park shouldn't miss the landscaped bridges, Jiufeng Temple and Egret Island.
Qinhuai River, in the southwest of the city, extends one hundred kilometers. The river used to be the most flourishing part of the city in the old days. In many Chinese novels, it is renowned as a place which nurtured beauties and romance. Today, it is a place for people to recall the old splendor of this historical city. Like all sights here, it tells the story of past, present, and future of the city.
The Jiming temple (temple of cock's crow in Chinese) is a very renowned Buddhist temple in Nanjing, a place of harmony and serenity. It was built along a hillock in the Ming Dynasty in 1387. The merging of the incense smell together with the calm and relaxing ambient and the bright yellow-orange color create a nice atmosphere. After making your way up to the top, there is an eight-floor Pagoda, with fascinating Buddha statues and a breathtaking view over the Xuanwu Lake, Purple Mountain, city wall, city center, and the Yangtze River.
Nanjing City Wall
Nanjing City Wall is one of the key historical and cultural remains of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) under state protection. It is a masterpiece of China's ancient architecture. With an original perimeter of about 35 kilometers (22miles), the City Wall has a height of 14-21 meters (46-67 feet). The footing has a width of 14 meters (about 46 feet). The present remains have a length of about 21 kilometers (13 miles). Nanjing is one of the few cities in China that still have old city walls, and its City Wall is better preserved with most part still remained. Even though it has a history of about 600 years it is still spectacular and of great value in terms of cultural relics protection.
Established in 1933 and reopened to the public in 2013 after the second phase expansion, Nanjing Museum is one of the largest museums in China with over 400,000 items in its permanent collection. Especially notable is the museum's enormous collections of Ming and Qing imperial porcelain, which is among the largest in the world.
The Yangtze River (Changjiang), over 6,300 kilometers long, is the largest and longest river in China, and the third-longest river in the world, only next to the Nile in northeast Africa and the Amazon in South America. The source of the Yangtze River lies to the southwest of Geladandong Mountain, the principal peak of the Tanggula Mountain chain in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, southwest of China. The river flows from west to east through provinces of Qinghai, Tibet, Sichuan, Yunnan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui and Jiangsu as well as the city of Shanghai, finally emptying into the East China Sea. With plenty of rainfall all year round, the Yangtze River is named the golden watercourse.
Situated at the foot of Purple Mountain in Nanjing, Xuanwu Lake is a beautiful scenic spot protected by China. It is also one of the three most famous lakes in Nanjing. Surrounding it are Circumvallation, Jiuhuashan Park and Jiming Temple.
The history of Xuanwu Lake can be traced back to the Pre-Qin period (21century BC-221 BC). The name of the lake has changed several times during its long history. The lake gained the name Xuanwu because a black dragon was said to be in the lake. The Xuanwu Lake Park mainly comprises a road around the lake and here five isles: Huan Isle, Ying Isle, Liang Isle, Cui Isle and Ling Isle. To fully enjoy the scenery, visitors can take a boat on the lake.