Editor's words----Besides culture and history, Nanjing also leads in economy. As the second largest commercial center next to Shanghai in Yangtze River Delta, Nanjing owns several top business circles and a great number of specialities. Supermarkets and grocery stores can be found on every street corner while newspaper stands are also pretty common. Shopping in Nanjing is convenient and pleasant, and much less expensive compared with Shanghai.
What to buy in Nanjing
Generally speaking, travelers expect to purchase featured local products when they visit some place, esp. in a totally different country. Nanjing will not dissappoint you concerning specialties which are all time-honored, quaint and delicate.
Nanjing Yun Brocade
Yun Brocade of Nanjing is called "Cloud Brocade" in Chinese. The Chinese name derives from the omniform patterns which are as beautiful as rosy clouds. As Yun Brocade of Nanjing comes first among the three types of celebrated brocades in ancient times (the other two are Song Brocade and Shu Brocade). Traditional Yun brocade hand-weaving technology is based purely on human memory. It is a skill that has been handed down orally over generations for 3,000 years, representing the highest weaving technique which is exclusive to China. Even till today, no machine has yet been invented to replace this manual technique, yet even the most skilled thread puller and weaver are able to produce no more than a 5-6-cm length in one day. Splendid, elegant and delicate, Yun Brocade had long been used in imperial court. Wearing a dreamy dress made of Yun Brocade must be an incredible experience.
Where to buy: No.240 Chating East Street, Nanjing(ÄÏ¾©²¨¨Í¡è¶«½Ö240ºÅ)
Yuhua Tea & Yuhua Pebbles
As one of theTop Ten Teas in China, Yuhua Tea appears green and round resembling pine and is covered with white hair, which is as tight and straight as the pine needle. It is produced in Yuhuatai(Rain-flower Terrace), a famous scenic spot in Nanjing. The tea shall be picked before the Grain Rain Day(in Chinese lunar calendar), and only the young leaves are collected to insure the high quality of the tea. The whole tea processing is done by hand. After steeped with boiling water, the pleasant aroma of the tea gradually arises, relieving your stress and fatigue.The name of Yuhua originates from a legend which goes that one day an eminet monk gave a lecture on Buddalism and philosophy in Yuhua Terrace. His speech along with his own virtues were so touching that a rain of flowers poured down, and amazing aroma flew over the terrace. From then, the terrace was named as Yuhua(Rain-flower) Terrace.
Yuhua pebbles, souvenirs for tourism, are exclusive to Nanjing. Yuhua pebbles, solid quality, are precious stones made of a combination of quartz, marrow jade and opal. Because of the various colors, forms and high quality, Yuhua Pebbles have great aesthetic values as well.
Where to buy: Yuhua Tea are available in all big stores and supermarkets. Yuhua Pebbles can be found in Confucius Temple, but you need to be aware of the artificial items.
Where to buy in Nanjing
Recommended Antique Store
Jiangsu Cultural Relics Store
Address: No.321, Zhongshan East Road Baixia District, Nanjing
Taobao Market of Confucius Temple
Address:No.188 Gongyuan Street, Qinhuai District, Nanjing(ÄÏ¾©ÊÐÇØ»´Çø¹¡ÀÔº½Ö188ºÅ)
Antique Store of Confucius Temple
Address:No.22 East Market of Confucius Temple, Qinhuai District, Nanjing
Three major commercial circles in Nanjing are Xinjiekou, Hunanlu and Confucius Temple area. Xinjiekou is the most famous and prosperous one, attracting not only Nanjing locals but also people from neiboring cities and towns.
Ranked as No.3 in Top 10 Commercial Circles in China, next to Wangfu Street in Beijing and Nanjing Road in Shanghai, Xinjiekou gathers more than 1,600 retailers, despite the fact that it is only a couple of square blocks in size.
Among all of the giant department stores and featured malls, Lady Fashion--a fascinating, subterranean complex of clothing boutiques and vendors--is the most popular one with young people. You can find all kinds of intersting items here, and practice your art of bargaining. If you are really good at that, you can easily take down the asking price to its 30%. Upscale brands like Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Ermengildo Zegna, Gucci, Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, Vasque, Crocs etc. can be found in Deji Plaza and Orient Department Store. Of course, flexibility in price can't be expected here.
Hunan Road is known as the second most popular street in Nanjing with hundreds of clothes stores and dining places situated. Bathing in neon light, Hunan Road at night is particular stunning while the thriving night market offers a unique shopping experience.
The area around the Confucius Temple in the south of Nanjing has a lot of clothing and tourist items. It is fun to explore those tiny individual stores even though you have no intension of buying anything particular. Haggling with the sellers can be really exciting if you happen to be a shopaholic.The streets outside the temple area provide more shopping opportunities,�so does the underground mall.This is an addicting Nanjing shopping experience you will never forget. Besides, taking a stroll in the area, crossing those ancient bridges and having a cup of tea in those floating teahouses on the river are all good ways to explore the recess of the city.
How to get there: by bus No.2,26,33,16,5,9,3,18,4,27,28,34,35,38,100 etc. Metro line 1
How to get there: by bus No.3,16,78,13 etc, Metro line 1
How to get there: by bus No.26,30,33,Y2,16,30,46,49,301 etc.
Nanjing is a city with bitter-sweet history. Once the capital of more than 6 dynasties in the past centuries, though wartorn, the city is pervaded by the strong atmosphere of history and culture, melancholy but charming. Different from those bustling Western-styled clubs and pubs in Shanghai, even the bar streets in Nanjing are touched with the elegant nature of the city. There are quite a few teahouses where you can learn the most native style of passtime enjoyed by the locals. Do remember that tea culture is an indispensible part of Chinese culture. While Nanjing Museum is quite an awesome place to go when you travel in Nanjing.
Night Owls in Action
Bars and Pubs
If you happen to be a night owl, then the famous 1912 Bar District will jump right to the top of your list. The combination of historical buildings and Western bars is surprisingly harmonious, endowing the place with strong nostalgic atmosphere.
Within the reach of the Fomer Presidential Palace of Dr. Sun Yat-sen ,1912 is not only a place for fun but also a hot tourist spot. When the night falls, walking around the area can give you the illusion of turning back time to the early 20th century, the prime of Nanjing. The Republic of China was founded in the year of 1912, so the district was named after that in memory of the era.
The old buildings take on a simple and quaint look of elegance in the sparkling neon light. Almost every bar here has its own style, breaking down the stereotype of bars that many people may have in their mind.
Mazzo Night Club
As the most popular ever night club, Mazzo distinguishes itself from other regular bars by the musical taste and the sense of fashion that they promoted.
Redish purple light, simple and elegant decoration in Chinese style, the thin and transparent silk and traditional Chinese furniture manifest the uniqueness of the bar. Mazzo is from the French word "Marceau" which means night club.
Rosenberg is situated in No.14 building of 1912, close to the Fomer Presidential Palace of Dr. Sun Yat-sen. It is known as a quiet bar, featuring native fresh German home brew and roasted sausage. Stepping into Rosenberg, you may wonder if you are entering some lovely German country inn.
The raw materials for brewing all come from Bavaria, the renowned "home of beer". The rich-taste of the beer lingers in your mouth, and nobody could resist the temptation of taking another gulp. Various delicate glasses along with other German-styled ornaments gives out exotic charm, and offers a refreshing experience.
Sinking in a cozy couch, sipping at a mug of genuine German beer, listening to music or simply doing nothing, you will be utterly relaxed and all the worldly trivia that bugs you drifts away, totally out of your mind. This is the very place that may remind you that life is not just about labor but also taste.
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"Do as the Romans do"
Finding Your Cup of Tea
Putting some newly-made tea leaves in teapot then steeping with boiling water, after a while you will easily catch the pleasant aroma of the tea----warm, cozy and mellow. Gazing at the steam curling up, with chit-chatters of the locals in your ears, you can get to know the real Nanjing by spending some time in traditional teahouses. Tea-making Rituals , Nanjing local opera and Chinese crosstalks are performed in many teahouses, from which vivid Chinese history and culture can be traced. It would take a day to name all the teahouses in Nanjing. Here are the teahouses recommended by ShanghaiFocus.
Zhanyuan Garden Art Teahouse
Zhanyuan Garden, once a private garden which belonged to the head leader of Taiping Rebellion, is now a museum and also hot tourist spot. Its teahouse is regarded as one of the most graceful teahouses in Nanjing, renowned for the delicate decoration and considerate service.
Address: No.128 Zhanyuan Road, Qinhuai District Nanjing.
Kuiguangge Teahouse (¿ý¹â¸¨® the brightness of talent)
Kui in Chinese means "top, elite", so the name of the teahouse actually indicates the wish of letting every intellectual bathe in the brightness of wisdom. The teahouse, in Conficius Temple, stands on the side of Qinhuai River for hundreds of years, weathering countless damages and changes. As the symbol of Qinhuai scenery, Kuiguangge remains popular through these years. Sitting in the teahouse, watching the river flowing under your feet, you will realize that history, though gone, is not so far away from us.
Address: Conficius Temple Square, Qinhuai District, Nanjing
As one of the first-established museums, Nanjing Museum enjoys great reputation and is considered to be a must-go tourist spot.
Built a century ago, the main building of the museum is imposing and magnificent, reputed as a masterpiece in the history of modern architecture.
The collection of more than 410,000 historic relics and artworks , including 10 national treasures, 1000 Grade One cultural relics of the state, are absolutely stunning.
Nanjing Museum,like other outstanding museums in the world, is the capsule of time, presenting us with the splendid accomplishment achived by our ancestors, reminding us of who we are, where we come from, and also inspiring us to create an even brighter future.
Address: No.321 Zhongshan East Road, Nanjing
How to get there: take bus No. Y1,Y2,Y5,5,9,29,36,51,55,59,115,163 to the stop of Zhongshanmen.
Opening time:09:00-16:30 (from Monday to Sunday)
Admission Fee: free,entering against valid credentials