This is one of many trips I've made to Nanjing, but on this one I visited and documented much of the old city and many of the historical features.
The photos begin with Sun Yat Sen's tomb, and, leading to the tomb, the beautiful outdoor corridor with the carved stone animals and the larger-than-life stone guards. Very impressive.
There are photos of the 10-story pagoda, with views from various levels, and various shots of scenery from the top.
At the top of one of the mountain peaks rests one of the finest collection of antique astronomical instruments in the world, and I've included many photos of these. The instruments are more than 3,500 years old and their accuracy and complexity were far beyond anything existing in the world at the time.
In fact, when the Western countries invaded China in the late 1800s and early 1900s, they discovered these instruments and realised the Chinese knowledge had far surpassed their own. The Europeans were so taken with these instruments that they sent in their troops and stole them, carrying them down the mountains and shipping them back to Europe. It was 50 or 60 years later that these precious scientific relics were finally returned to their rightful place.
The photos include much of the old city wall that was built when Nanjing was the capital of China for several dynasties.
The wall is quite impregnable as a defensive unit. Foreign soldiers scaling one wall would simply find themselves under attack in a narrow courtyard, and with many more walls to scale before reaching the inner areas of the city and palace. No doubt, by that time, the invaders would have been destroyed by the defenses.
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I have posted four pages of photos. You can access them here: