Located in the lower Yangtze River drainage basin and Yangtze River Delta economic zone, Nanjing has always been one of China’s most important cities. It served as the capital of China during several historical periods and is recognised as one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. Nowadays, Nanjing has developed into a multiple-producing industrial base in eastern China, an important hub of transportation and communication center, one of china’s four major scientific research and educational central cities.
Nanjing has a relatively wide selection of local, regional chinese and foreign foods, often at reasonable prices . The characteristics of flavor lie in its mellow taste, neither too salty nor too light, which suits the appetite of everybody. The best places for travelers to sample the local flavor are the area around the Qinghuai river and the Hunan road. Many snack stalls dotted within the Qinghuai river area offer a range of food: (Baozi) steamed buns-stuffed with pork, and other delicate fillings, Bawei Dawei Doufunao (eight-flavoured jellied bean curd pastries) roasted beef, salty duck, animal stomach, chicken feet (phoenix feet) and much more.
Nanjing is an age-old city with both modern and ancient features. It served as the capital for six ancient dynasties, and harbors some glorious remnants of times gone by. History has left the place numerous historical sites and heritage relics which now constitute the main attractions. The mausoleum of Dr. Sun-yat-sen, Mingxiaoling mausoleum, Qinhuai River, the memorial hall to the victims in the Nanjing massacre, Confucius temple, Linggu temple, Mochou Lake, and mount Qixia are some of the best places to visit. It is a popular tourist destination with a vast number of cultural sites and natural spots perfectly blending together. Many of these tourist attractions have been ranked high in the national or provincial contests. Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Marsoleum is ranked at the highest 5-AAAAA category in 2007. Each year, millions of tourists travel in Nanjing and bring back with these memorable experiences.