Follow the broad arm of the Yangtze as it winds inland from Shanghai and after 300km you’ll arrive in Nanjing – a city crowded with old monuments and landmarks, tree-lined avenues, museums, cafés and Republican-era buildings. Arriving in a new city, it’s natural to feel a little rushed off your feet. There’s so much to see. So many boxes to tick – local delicacies to sample, places to get lost. But like many Chinese cities first impressions count and knowing your towers from your temples and where to enjoy a traditional tea ceremony could make all the difference. Here’s our selection of where you will want to impress clients in Nanjing:
Sitting on the crest of Lion Mountain, in northwest Nanjing, the seven-storey Yuejiang Tower is known as one of four famous towers south of the Yangtze. The name roughly translates to ‘enjoy-river’ – a fitting suggestion once you’ve climbed the tower and spotted the nearby current rolling through greenery dotted with pavilions, fort barbettes and temples.
Travel to Purple Mountain, in eastern Nanjing City, at dawn or dusk and you’ll likely find the 448-metre peak piercing a flow of purple and golden clouds. Explore its ridges, rises and valleys to discover mountain lakes, temples, springs and forests. There are around 200 heritage and scenic tourist sites to visit, as well as the famous Purple Mountain Observatory.
The preparation of tea is an artistic discipline in Chinese culture and Lao Cui – one of Nanjing’s best-loved teahouses, nestled within the Nanjing city walls – takes this art to new heights. Decorated with an open speakeasy aesthetic, there’s plenty of room to practice your tea-appreciation around low-set wooden tables, seated in comfortable horseshoe chairs.
Tao Hua Yan
Another more modern choice is Tao Hua Yan, encased in marble and glass, with a traditional bamboo interior and stunning views over a verdant forest. Enjoy a relaxed tea ceremony on the spacious ox-bow tables, warmed by the natural light that falls through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Long ago the lower Yangtze region was known as the ‘land of fish and rice’ – today the multicultural cuisine is so much more than just those two simple ingredients, varying from delicious Han Fu Xing Salted Duck to Jiang You Ji Potstickers.
On the 40th floor of Jumeriah Nanjing you’ll discover the elegant Art Deco décor of our signature restaurant: Lu Chao. Expect the best in modern Chinese cooking – evocative flavours and seasonal recipes of Cantonese origin, from steaming homemade dim sum to soft wagyu beef, prepared and refined by our expert local chefs.
Lu Liu Ju
For the best in plant-based cuisine, try Lu Liu Ju (Green Willows) – so-named for its former location on Qinhuai waterfront, shaded by the swooning leaves of neighbouring willow trees. Lu Liu Ju has since moved opposite Nanjing’s Presidential Hall, close to the bustle of the Hanfu Food Square, where it draws in locals and tourists with its vegetarian wontons and silky tofu.
Stay at the Jumeirah Nanjing to enjoy easy access to our client-friendly activities.