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Nanjing Purple Mountain

Introducing Nanjing Purple Mountain, Nanjing Purple Mountain Guide, Nanjing Purple Mountain Muslim Travel Guide
Article from Nanjing Municipal Commission of Tourism

Nanjing Purple Mountain looms always above the skyline to the east of Nanjing, and is the location of many of the city's historical monuments and moments.

At the top of the western slope is the Nanjing Purple Mountain Observatory, a cluster of domed telescopes and modern research facilities that also houses a fine collection of ancient astronomical instruments. South of the observatory is the Botanical Garden, a beautiful space containing more than three thousand species of medicinal and decorative plants, and a fine statue of Li Shizhen, the father of Chinese botany and traditional medicine. Farther east, on one side of the central ridge is the tomb of Hongwu, the first Ming emperor, with its Sacred Avenue, its pavilions and courtyards, and the immense, as-yet unexcavated burial mound where the emperor's body is believed to lie. Still farther east, at the center of the mountain stands what has become a site of pilgrimage for many local and overseas Chinese: the Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum. A vast stone stairway leads up to his crypt and his coffin.

As the high ground closest to the city, Nanjing Purple Mountain has served alternately in the strategic interests of those who wished to defend the city, and of those who wished to attack it. A burial site here has long been the highest honor the city has to offer to those whose personal history has intersected with its own.

Quick Facts on Nanjing Purple Mountain

Name: Nanjing Purple Mountain Observatory
Location: Xuanwu Districts Nanjing
Phone: +86-25-84446111
Best Time to Visit: March to May; September to October
Recommended Time for a Visit: 2 Hours
Opening Hours: All Day
Admission Fee: Free
Cable Car ( Single ): CNY25
Cable Car (Round ): CNY40

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