Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Tour of NanJing, China

NanJing was one of the 4 great ancient capital of China (BeiJing, NanJing, Xi'an and LoYang). The city of NanJing also served as a capital of China for few dynasty and the last dynasty held the capital in NanJing was under the Ming dynasty. Today, NanJing is the second largest city after Shanghai at the East China region.

According to the locals when you arrived in NanJing you can find historical left over about 600 years ago still remained in this city rich of history. At first I don't really believe until I visited the City Wall of NanJing build by the Emperor of Ming Dynasty (Zhu YanZhang), the City Wall of NanJing is recorded as the longest surviving city wall in the world. To resolve my curiousity I climbed up the wall and I was impressed what my naked eye sees the beauty of this City Wal, most of the part of the wall was destroyed during the Japanese army invaded and occupied NanJing but the left over wall is as long as 30km. You are unable to finish by walking from one end to another end either. After this one of the local friend bring me to the NanJing Massacre Memorial where this memorial is build to remember the history of NanJing people, where there were more than 300,000 people were killed in 6 weeks time during the Japanese occupied period.

Another landmark of NanJing is the ChangJiang Bridge which separated the North and South of China by the YangTze River. During the Sun Yat Sen period this bridge was suppose to build to link the North (BeiJing) and South (ShangHai) as to smooth the transportation and increase the viability to connect the people between two main cities for business and political reason. However, the project of building this bridge was not completed at the time of Sun Yat Sen and Chiang Kai Shek because the American advised this was a mission impossible to build a bridge over the rapid downstream of YangZe River without having high technology and specialists to assist. However, Mao ZeDong believed this bridge is too important for them to link both North and South cities to increase the traffic and prosperity of the region therefore, during the Communist time Mao ZeDong had this bridge build and there are many sacrfices behind this great involvement by the citizen and followers of Mao ZeDong. Today, this bridge is one of the modern landmark of NanJing because of the architeture and design that vehicles and trains are using this bridge daily across the fully occupy YangZe River of China.

Later in the evening, I was accompanied to the ancient red light district - the FuZi Miao. This place was so popular during the ancient time because most of the high rank government's officer and wealthy businessman gathered in this place for drink and women even the emperor will visit once in a blue month. FuZi Miao is along the QinHui River where tourists or visitors can take a boat ride. In fact, as the modernisation and development of the city FuZi Miao's prositution was banned by the centre government and today it is a famous place for restaurant, pubs, night markets for tourists.

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