Tuesday, 24 July 2018

A Month in China ~ Part Two


Hello sweet friends...
As promised, here is part two...
 I am delighted to be writing about the day we spent in Nanjing.
This was probably my favourite part of the month I spent in China...

Nanjing, formerly known as Nanking and once the capital of China, is 143 km from Hefei which is where my dad lives and works.
 It is the capital of the Jiangsu province and is recognized as one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China...

The delightful thing about Nanjing is that there are many beautiful ancient heritage sites to visit...
We were able to visit Nanjing's City Wall and gardens (One of China's other 'great walls') as well as the Confucius Temple.

Nanjing is a beautiful city and I would definitely go back to continue exploring should I have the opportunity of traveling to China again!

We left our apartment in Hefei early Sunday morning and arrived at the train station half an hour before our train was scheduled to depart...
After queuing for our tickets, going through security and finding the correct gate, we made it to our train with about three minutes to spare.
High speed trains wait for no man...we made a mental note to give ourselves more time in the future!

I loved the train ride to Nanjing; I found it so smooth and comfortable and being able to watch the gorgeous countryside go by was an absolute treat!
It was also thrilling to go over the Yangtze River bridge - I learnt about the Yangtze River years ago and never thought I'd have the opportunity to see it with my own eyes!


^Nanjing South Railway Station

After about an hour we arrived at Nanjing South Railway Station.
We were overwhelmed at the size and grandeur of this railway station...


^Riding the underground was fantastic!

After coffee at Starbucks we made our way to the underground subway and caught the metro to Fuzimao Station which is quite near the Confucius Temple.
I must just add that I loved riding the metro and the fact that it is such a cheap means of travel made the experience all the more enjoyable!



It took us awhile to make our way out of the subway and to find the correct route to the temple, but on the way we did some shopping.
I found some beautiful scarves for my sisters and a silk scarf for myself.
I also bought a set of porcelain chopsticks and various other treasures such as postcards...

^There are so many beautiful old trees in Nanjing!

We enjoyed visiting the temple even though it didn't hold any special meaning for us considering we are Christians.
I briefly studied Confucius several years ago, so it was quite exciting to visit this temple for that reason.



We enjoyed exploring the area around the temple for an hour or so, then we took the subway again to find a place to eat....


After lunch we took the subway to a station close to the Nanjing City Wall...

We walked a fair distance once leaving the station, but this was a treat as Nanjing is a beautiful city and has a great many amazing sights to enjoy!


^View of the lake from the one part of the city wall...


^View from the other side of the city wall...



I was delighted to have the opportunity to walk on the city wall - it was the one thing I really wanted to do whilst I was in China!

^There is a small shop on the wall...I found some gorgeous washi tape (for my travel journal) and postcards there...

^The Jinming temple can be seen from the city wall.


^Look at that tall building in the distance!  It is called the Zifeng Tower and is the tallest building in Nanjing at 450 m in height.


^Oh, hello!


It was really hot that day, so we only walked on the wall for about half an hour before going down to the gardens for an ice cream.
We enjoyed sitting at the water's edge and taking in the scenery...


^Taking a well-earned rest!


Should you ever go to Nanjing, I would highly recommend taking the time to enjoy the gardens surrounding the wall!  
We would have loved to have stayed longer and walked around a bit...

We had actually hoped to stay in Nanjing overnight so as to continue exploring the following day, but our accommodation didn't work out (long story), so we ended up changing our tickets and catching the late train home...
It was just as well - we were absolutely exhausted after a whole day of sunshine and sightseeing!
{{smiles}}

And thus ended a truly wonderful, memorable day in Nanjing...
I am hoping to stop in with part three next week...until then, blessings to you, dear readers!

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7 comments:

Dianna said...

I have looked forward to reading Part Two of your China trip. It did not disappoint! Isn't it exciting to actually visit places you've read about or seen pictures of in books/magazines? I'm so glad you had this opportunity to spend time with your dad. Hugs to you dear Kelly-Anne.

Mari said...

This was a trip of a life time! I enjoyed all your photos.

Margie said...

Thanks for taking us along your grand adventure!

Anonymous said...

Thank You for the tour. The sights are lovely. You look so pretty in the photos. Glad you and your dad had a good time.
Marion and Marilyn

Elizabeth said...

Kelly-Anne, what splendid photos you took! Those old trees...oh, be still my heart! I just love old trees whose branches hang out over roads creating a sort of canopy...that is absolute bliss in my book. I have always been so intrigued by the roof details in Asia...and you certainly saw some beauties! I'm sure that ice-cream tasted awfully good, especially on a hot summer's day...we're sure having plenty of them here. Though, this evening we went for a drive downtown, something we haven't done in months. The temperature was a bit cooler and there was a slight breeze, so we were able to open the car windows, and boy was it delightful. The air smelled so refreshing and earthy...just the way a summer evening should.

It was so good to finally drop in for a wee visit and read all about your day in Nanjing...it sure looks like a beautiful city! I'm so glad you were able to enjoy all the sights {{smiles}}

Thinking of you and wishing you a marvellous Monday! Love and hugs ♥

Paige said...

Beautiful photos! The city wall is so majestic. :)

Stephanie said...

A happy hello to you, Kelly-Anne! I just had to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed reading through your China posts and seeing your lovely pictures. My oh my, what a delightful time you had! I am so glad you were able to enjoy this time in a new country with your father. What sweet memories you will have for many years.

Also, I watched your video on Facebook and oh, what a blessing it was to hear your lovely voice! You have the most enchanting accent {{smiles}}

Thank you for sharing your adventure with us, dear friend. Have a splendid week. Hugs to you!