The Qinhuai River is the biggest river in Nanjing. Qinhuai River, the main riverway in Nanjing, stretches 110 kilometers and covers 2600 square kilometers, which is quite famous in Chinese history. Qinhuai River is the cradle of age-old Nanjing civilizationn. Since ancient times, it has been the tributary of Yangtze River, along which people were densely inhibited and economy were prospered. It's the birthplace of the time-honored Nanjing culture and is reputed as the "Mother River of Nanjing". As the "life blood" of Nanjing, Qinhuai River mesmerizes uncountable travelers home and abroad to pay a visit annually.
For the scenery of Qinhuai River, lantern-decorated boat is the most famous. Eeach boat on the river hangs various colorful lanterns, which is well blended with the dark sky and crystal clean water. For visiting, cruise along the Qinhuai River is highly recommended. You could immerse yourself into the tranquil atmosphere and appreciate the charming nightscape of this ancient city as the boat moves on. Now, the scenic belt along the Qinhuai River revolves around the Confucius Temple and Qinhuai River serves as the bond. Attractions on the scenic belt covers Zhanyuan Garden, Confucius Temple, Egret Islet, China Gate as well as the sailing boats on the river and pavilions and towers on the riverbanks. It is a perfect tourist sight, where historic sites, gardens, barges, streets, pavilions, towers and folk culture and customs are greatly blended. It is indeed a great getaway for visitors to discover this ancient city.
Apart from sightseeing, the Qinhuai River is also a popular place to discover local items and tasting the local cuisine. Local items like imitation ancient ivory carvings, traditional satin, velvet and Yuhua pebble are all available.. Local specialties like steamed buns-stuffed with pork, eight-flavored jellied bean curd pastries, roasted beef, salty duck, animal stomach and chicken feet would be a great feast to your taste bud.
Qinhua River is just like a sparkling pearl embedded on Nanjing, which is really a must-have for your Nanjing travel. Visit it and discover the gem of Nanjing.
The best way to visiting Qinhuai River is on boat. For visiting the river on boat, it costs 55RMB/p in the day and 70RMB at night. Your cruise lasts about one hour.
How to get to: Take the bus of No. 4, 7, 40, 44, 49, 62, 304, 2, 14, 16, 23, Tourist2, Tourist4, 26, 33, 43, 46, 63, 81, 87, 101, 102, 103, 106, 305 and get off at Confucius Temple.