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Considered one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, Nanjing has held a very prominent place in China's past.  Today there is an interesting mix of ancient buildings and modern plazas and shopping centres.  Nanjing is also home to several universities that welcome international students.
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2010 Qinhuai River Lantern Festival
2010 Qinhuai River Lantern Festival will start from February 11th to March 3rd, 2010 in Confucius Temple and Qinhuai River Scenic Area of Nanjing, according to a press conference by Nanjing Municipal Government yesterday.
Themed on "Lucky Tiger Year; Prosperous Jiangsu and Taiwan", the Lantern Festival will be co-held, for the first time, by Jiangsu Provincial Government and Taiwan Government, with a lantern lighting ceremony on the evening of February 11th.
Qinhuai River Lantern Festival will be divided into three displaying areas: Confucius Temple, Qinhuai River Displaying Area and Aigrette Land Park (Bailuzhou Park).
In the Confucius Temple, people will enjoy the anecdotes of Confucius, China's greatest teacher, interesting origin stories of Tiger Year and classic Chinese educative stories in the long history, all of which will be introduced by way of various lantern formations; in the Qinhuai River Displaying Area, people will be marveled at 23 grand lantern formations, which are well-designed and located in the picturesque Qinhuai River Scenic Area; in the Aigrette Land Park, people could have a taste of known and delicious Nanjing local snack and take part in series of celebrating activities like lantern dances and lantern riddles, which have been prepared in advance.
For those who have a strong interest in Chinese cultures and folklores, the Qinhuai River Lanter Festival provide them an excellent chance, which should not be missed.

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Qinhuai River
The Qinhuai River is a tributary of the Yangtze River, about 110-kilometer-long, which is a major watercourse around Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province. It used to called Huai Water, and was renamed Qinhuai River for the legend that Qin Emperor Shihuang, the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC), ordered to introduce Huai Water to the city by excavating a mountain. It was very famous in the history but lost fame due to wars. The water became filthy and no sign of wealth could be found anymore. After repair and restoration in 1985, Qinhuai Rive became a beautiful resort and a must-see in Nanjing, attracting tens of thousands of tourists at home or from overseas every year.
Lantern Festival
Lantern Festival is a Chinese Festival usually celebrated on the 15th day of First Month of China's Lunar New Year. When the Lantern Festival is coming, every family will make a lantern ahead of time and hang it on the gate on the Spring Festival Eve. It says that the spirits of ancestors will come back and bring their offspring good luck in the new year by the guide of lanterns. During Lantern Festival, lantern dance, lantern formation, lantern riddles and various other activities will be held for people's appreciation. Lantern Festival is a good chance for overseas friends to get close to the folk cultures of Real China.
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Nanjing is a great city!  Visit the Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum, Ming Tombs, and Lingu Si Pagoda in Zijin Shan park on the northwestern outskirts of town.  Then see the Maoist era Martyr's Memorial Yuhuatai park on its southern outskirts.  Wander the budy downtown center and then Fuzi Miao shopping area for what a real Chinatown looks like - lots of tourist tack but it is quite pretty.  Great new Metro system to get around on and Nanjing has one of the best train stations in China.  Try Nanjing Duck, the local specialty, a pickled/salted alternative to the more famous duck dish from China's northern capital.
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this city used to be the capital of china for several times, so you might enjoy a feel of gravitas there, old chinese architectures are mainly situated on the outskirts of the city, so its a totally different feel in downtown
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