Historic and prestigious Jinling 48 Scenic Spots are scattered across Nanjing’s 10 major scenic zones, including the famed Niushou Mountain Mist for outing in spring, clouds above the Purple Mountain for summer leisure, Qixia Mountain for hiking in autumn and snow of Stone City for winter enjoyment. In addition to a city boasting one 5A-level site of Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum and seven 4A-level sites namely the Confucius Temple, Yuhuatai (Rain Flower Terrace), Presidential Palace, Yuejianglou Tower, Chaotian Palace, Xuanwu Lake and Ming Dynasty Culture Village (Yangshan Hill Stele), Nanjing also has 143 star-rated hotels and 436 travel agencies. It has about 30 large tour and festival activities each year, creating a happy and propitious environment both for tourists and local residents.
1、Zhongshan Hill Scenic Area
Situated in the eastern suburb of Nanjing, it is the most prestigious sightseeing area of the city, covering more than 50 major sites such as Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum, Xiaoling Tomb of the Ming Dynasty, Plum Blossom Hill, Purple Mountain Observatory, Nanjing Botanical Garden, Lingu Temple, Xuanwu Lake Park, Tiacheng Wall, Jiuhuashan Park and Jiming Temple.
2、Qinhuai Scenic Area
Situated in the south of Nanjing, the area, covering the Qinhuai River's inner strip from Dongshui Pass in the east to the Xishui Pass in the west, has many scenic spots including Confucius Temple-Qinhuai Scenic Zone, Zhanyuan Garden, and the Urn City of Zhonghua Gate.
3、Stone City Scenic Area
This area is in downtown Nanjing with mostly cultural sites, including the Stone City, Presidential Palace, Mochou Lake, Ganjia Lane Stone Sculptures of the Southern Dynasties, Chaotian Palace, Villa Area on Yihe Road built during the time of the Republic of China, Jinling Sutra Printing House and the Former Residence of Ganxi.
4、The Great River Scenic Area
Nanjing bestrides the Yangtze River, showcasing a string of magnificent riverbank views that consist of Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge, Yuejiang Tower, Yanzi (Swallow) Rock, Jiangxinzhou Island, Jinghai Temple, Tianfei Palace, and Ruins of Baochuan Shipyard at Longjiang.
5、Qixia Scenic Area
Situated in the northeastern suburb of Nanjing, it is famous for its red maple view and the 1000-year-long Qixia Temple. "Niushou Mountain for spring outing and Qixia Mountain for autumn hiking" has been a common saying since ancient times.
6、Scenic Area in Southern Suburbs
There are beautiful sceneries and numerous historic sites such as the Yuhuatai (Rain Flower Terrace), the Niushou Mountain, Two Tombs of Southern Tang King, the Leaning Tower of Fangshan Hill and the tomb of the King of Brunei.
7、Scenic Area around the Gucheng Lake and Shijiu Lake
Situated in Gaochun County and Lishui County, this area has main scenic sites such as Yanzhi (Rouge) River, Tiansheng Bridge, Gucheng Lake, Gaochun Ancient Street and Fujiabian Ecological Agriculture Garden.
8、Scenic Area in Jiangpu and Pukou
With the laurel of "Nanjing's Backyard Garden", this area faces Nanjing City across the Yangtze River. There are sites like Pearl Spring and Laoshan National Forest Park.
9、Tangshan Scenic Area
Located in Jiangning County, it has famous hot springs and the Yangshan Hill Stele. Nanjing Tangshan Ape-man was also discovered here.
10、Jinniu (Golden Ox) Lake Scenic Area
Located in Luhe County, this area features rain flower pebbles, Stone Pillar Forest and jasmine. Major scenic spot here is the Stone Pillar Woods of Guizi Hill.