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Situated on the southern bank of the Yangtze River, Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu province in Eastern China. Nanjing, meaning ‘Southern Capital’, is blessed with a landscape of hills and a maze of rivers. The city played an important role in Chinese history and was once known as the ‘Capital of Six Dynasties’.
Today Nanjing is one of the most economically significant cities in China; forming the second largest commercial centre in Eastern China, and will host the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics. With a history dating back six dynasties, scenic landscapes and beautiful tourist spots, Nanjing is an alluring destination for travellers from around the world.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details

  • South African passport holders travelling to Nanjing do require a Visa for China. Be sure to leave ample time for Visa processing and ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date. Also make sure that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
  • The nearest South African Consulate to Nanjing is the South African Embassy in Beijing. Address: 5 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, 100600, Beijing, China. Phone: +86-10-65320171.

See and do

Nanjing city wall, built around 1368, is the longest surviving city wall in the world! Tourists can walk along the wall’s perimeter and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city’s magnificent beauty.  The Gate of China is the best preserved part of the city wall. Chinese troops showed courageous defence efforts against the Japanese invasion at this gate.
The Nanjing Massacre Memorial is a respectful & fitting remembrance dedicated to the people who lost their lives against Japanese troops in World War II. It is a tastefully set memorial hall where the details of the massacre are boldly portrayed in the form of photos, videos & information boards. The partially excavated burial site surrounded by a garden was constructed in loving memory of the heroes & their families.
The Purple Mountain in Nanjing presents an arduous hike up stairs, but you’re rewarded at the top with unsurpassed views of the city. You can take the shuttle train ride to enjoy the parks around the area. The cafeteria at the top of the mountain offers delicious Chinese food at reasonable prices. For some quiet time away from the city, visit the Xuanwu Lake and enjoy music, food stalls and live dance shows around the lake area.
Another place of interest in Nanjing is the Qin Huai River, a branch of the Yangtze River. You can enjoy the sights of the river during a boat ride. There are various tourist spots around the Qin Huai River like Confucius Temple, Zhanyuan Garden and Zhangua gate. Although the name suggests otherwise, Confucius Temple is the main shopping area of Nanjing. From small gift stalls to large shopping malls, the Confucius Temple area is shopper’s heaven. With some bargaining you can get different types of Chinese souvenirs here at a good price.

Nanjing Lukou International Airport – NKG

Located approximately 35km from downtown Nanjing, Lukou International Airport serves flights to and from 45 domestic and 12 international cities. The airport is linked to Nanjing and neighbouring towns by expressways and a railway link to Nanjing is currently being built. Taxis are easily accessible outside the arrivals hall. Expect to pay between ¥80 to ¥120 for a one-way fare between the airport and the city.
Food and beverage: Six different restaurants serving Asian style food are available at the terminal.
Currency Exchange: ATMs are available in the departure hall.
Lost Luggage: Lost luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to airport security, who will direct you appropriately.
Airport Hotels: Nanjing Airport Hotel – a 3-Star hotel within walking distance of the terminal. There are several more hotels nearby including the Fairmont Nanjing.
Car Hire: Europcar, Budget, Avis, Thai Rent A car, Hertz offer car hiring services at the airport.
Airport Hub: Nanjing Lukou International Airport (code NKG) is a focus city for China Eastern Airlines and Shenzhen Airlines.

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