Nanjing, formerly spelt as Nanking
and meaning the southern capital, is one of the
six ancient capitals of China. Situated at the
south bank of the lower reaches of the Yangtze
River, it is now the capital city of Jiangsu Province,
with an area of 860 square km and a population
of more than 5 million.
Nanjing became the capital of the
Ming Dynasty between 1368 and 1644. Dr. Sun Yat-sen
also chose it as the capital for the Republic
of China in the early 20th century. Sun Yat-sen's
Mausoleum and the Ming Tombs are the most attractive
historical sites in this city.
Although Nanjing is developing and
changing like any other cuties in China, it is
a nice place to stay for a while. Life is much
slower here than that of the neighboring Shanghai,
which is quite a phenomenon.