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4.57 mi

Elevation gain

49 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

49 ft

Max elevation

96 ft

Trailrank

73 5

Min elevation

37 ft

Trail type

Loop

Coordinates

138

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March 18, 2019
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near Muxuyuan, Jiangsu (China)

Nanjing Museum entry is free with an original valid Chinese ID or foreign Passport. There are displays of art and artifacts from each of the principle Dynasties of China, most of which had their headquarters at Nanjing. The museum is said to be the second largest of its kind in China.

There is a section of the original Ming Dynasty city wall within walking distance of the Museum, with access inside the wall and for several kilometers along on top, open as far as a restricted WWII breached section. There are good views of Purple Mountain and a lake park from on top of the wall.

Part of this walk follows canals, the other part passes narrow traditional shopping streets with simple food, a pure local environment where getting lunch may require some vocabulary and cultural skill, or a Mandarin speaking guide.
Metro

Subway

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Nearest exit to Nanjing Museum at Metro Line 2 or 10, Yuantong Station, exit #2
Monument

Walk towards Museum

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Waypoint is at the canal crossing. The walk from the subway passes the "Taiwan party old office" (The former Nationalist Government Headquarters). Madame Chiang, wife of the Nationalist Chinese Leader, favoured a special kind of tree and had them planted all along this avenue.
Museum

Museum Entrance

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Open year round for free. Must qualify for admission at the Services Centre with a valid Chinese ID or foreign passport, and pick up an entry ticket. Service center is the first building to the left after entering the Museum grounds. Museum Hours: Mondays 9-12, no entrance after 11. Tuesday to Sunday 9 to 5, no entrance after 4.
Information point

Service Center

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pick up entry ticket in the Service Centre, the first building on left after entering the Museum grounds.
Museum

Museum Grounds

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There are plenty of relaxing places to sit in the museum grounds.
Museum

Main display area, Chinese Dynasties

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Of the many principle dynasties of China, almost all had their capital at Nanjing. However Tang (a favourite representing a prosperous period when Buddhism flourished and China was recognised internationally as a great power) had their capital at Xian.
River

WC, along Canals

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This section of the track is along ordinary city streets; the west side along the canal is most interesting. The waypoint is at the public toilets (WC), which are clean and well serviced.
Provisioning

Market Area

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Indoor and outdoor produce markets in this area.
Provisioning

commercial, restaurant area

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Small shops and local restaurants with outdoor tables, street food and bakeries.
Tunnel

Ming Wall Entrance

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There is a small park beside the wall and entrance gate. At ticket kiosk a 15 RMB entrance fee might be payable. Hours are 8:30 to 18:00. An information poster on site discloses that: "visitors can walk through fort #35 of the Battle of Nanjing against the Japan invading army during the Republic of China period to reach the top of the Ming Dynasty City Wall. Half of the Ming flagpole stone (one of two pieces) is preserved on the wall above this fort."
Tree

small park

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A small greenbelt between the road and the entrance to the Ming Wall.
Tunnel

Top of the Ming Wall

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Visited on Sunday, March 10, 2019, surprisingly there were no other visitors at that time, except a few military walking to a restricted wall section further east.
Panorama

Views from the top of the Wall

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Good views to the West over the lake at the foot of Purple Mountain. A plumb blossom festival is on near here at this time of year.
Tunnel

End of Public Access

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There is a gate at this waypoint, separating the public area from a restricted military use area; this is a breach section of the infamous WW2 occupation.
Photo

Residential Streets

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It was not clear what period of New China these faded murals date back to.

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    DXMARIUS May 14, 2019

    Amazing. Thanks for share it 谢谢你

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