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Nanjing Qinhuai River

 2013-12-26    chloe    Sights    Nanjing    2422  

It is quite an exciting experience to stroll near the Qinhuai River and appreciate the enchanting sights of it. Today we will invite you to embrace the elegance and classic of Qinhuai River in Nanjing city.

Enjoying the well-deserved reputation as “life blood of Nanjing”, Qinhuai River has witness the century-old Nanjing history. Qinhuai River is a branch of grand Yangtze River, which has a length of 110 kilometers, flowing through the central of Nanjing city. A majority of scenic spots rest alongside the river, such as Confucius Temple, Zhanyuan Garden and Zhonghua Gate. Thus travelling here usually make tourists feel like going back to the ancient times.

Qinhuai River gains its name from a legend. In Nanjing history, Qinhuai River is originally named “Huai River” and its rich natural resource as well as advantageous location nursed the booming civilization of Nanjing city. It is said that Qin Shihuang, the emperor of Qin Dynasty, excavated a mountain in order to introduce the Huai River to city. Later Huai River renamed Qinhuai River and many people settled down along the river. During the war, most of the buildings on both side of the river were terribly destroyed, leaving the old city without fames. It was not until 1985 that the local government restored the historical buildings and turned it into an attractive tourist resort. In China, many historical stories and well-known poems are written to honor this river.

As a matter of fact, Qinhuai River is consisted with two parts, the inner river and the outer river. Both of them start from Tongji Gate, and then the inner river flows into Nanjing city while the outer one covers the east, west and south side of the City Wall of Ming Dynasty. Charming tourist resort like Confucius Temple, Zhonghua Gate and Zhanyuan Garden are located near the inner river. And the outer river, renowned as the “moat of Nanjing city”, treats tourists the gorgeous view of Nanjing city, a city wall built in Ming Dynasty, Jiangsu Nanjing TV Tower and so forth.

Cruising on Qinhuai River is the best way to sense the elegant and classical culture of Nanjing city, especially at night. Special painted boats are available at different wharfs for tourists. Sitting on the boat, tourists can taste the local snacks and Chinese tea, listen to melodious traditional music played by Gu Qin and Lu Sheng and admire the brilliant scenery along the river. When the tourists look at the old style housings and flowing river, they may feel like traveling in a picture. Night on Qinhuai River is always immersed with romantic and pleasant atmosphere. Sparkling lights as well as lanterns are hanging on the buildings along the banks, which resemble shining stars in the sky. What is more, the gentle classical music is lingering in tourists` ears. After visiting the marvelous Qinhuai River, tourists may feel reluctant to leave.

Travel tips: you can choose either luxury cruise ship or ordinary cruise ship during you trip. Usually luxury cruise ship is designed for tour group, while ordinary cruise ship is offered for individual travelers. The whole journey may take you about 50 minutes.

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