Nanjing: The Nanjing Museum and exploring more of the old town (Part 3)

It was our last full day in Nanjing and we decided to explore the Nanjing Museum in the morning. We took the metro to Mingugong station which was only a few short stops from our hotel. The Museum is said to be one of the largest in China and it certainly looked the part.

Main entrance to the Nanjing Museum

Main entrance to the Nanjing Museum

The path to the main building

The path to the impressive-looking main building

Beautiful ceiling decorations in the main building

Beautiful ceiling decorations in the main building

Despite the look of the main building, the inside of the Museum was modern. Helpfully we could rent headsets that explained a lot of the exhibits in English which was particularly useful as not all written explanations were translated from Mandarin. I kind of wished that we had come to the Museum earlier during our time in Nanjing as it had a good timeline of history and key events which I think would have been helpful to know when we looked at other stuff but oh well. In particular, there were some beautiful Ming and Qing dynasty vases which apparently the Museum is famous for. Also, they had a section where they had a replica of Nanjing in the first half of 1900s? I didn’t see a sign for what period it is supposed to be but if I had to take a guess I would say… 1940s?

A step into the past...

A step into the past…

Charming old school tram

Charming old school tram

Walking through the old alleyways

Walking through the old alleyways

After all the viewing and walking and reading, we were pooped and went to a lovely tea house inside the Museum for a little beverage and snack stop.

Cute tea house

Cute tea house

Rose tea

Rose tea

Rice balls in soup - sweet red bean inside

Rice balls in soup – sweet red bean inside

In the evening, our friends who had gotten married the evening prior kindly took us out to the old town. They took us to a restaurant that served traditional Nanjing food and performed Chinese opera!

East entrance to the old town

East entrance to the old town

Restaurant / Chinese opera venue

Chinese opera performer singing and dancing

Chinese opera performer singing and dancing

One of the performers came off the stage and interacted with punters. Her mask kept changing and it was quite unsettling when seen up close!

A duet

A duet

Food was lovely: rice pancakes with bacon, stir fried vegetables, salted duck, some seafood in a sauce etc

After the dinner and watching the opera, we walked the streets of old town. It had a similar atmosphere to the area near the Confucius Temple the Hubs and I went on our first day but it was still very charming. Our friends said that this area is where a lot of the locals come and hang out and sure enough, it was very busy with people enjoying food and drinks.

The lovely streets of old town

The lovely streets of old town

We stopped by a snack stall on the street. My friend twirled the needle on the board and got a duck…

Man starts pouring syrup onto his table...

Man starts pouring syrup onto his table…

... and voila! Duck candy

… and voila! Duck-shaped candy in a matter of seconds!

Bustly dessert place

Bustly dessert place

The Hubs and I enjoyed Nanjing a lot. In particular, I loved the old town, it was really charming and the blend of the old and new was perfect in my opinion. As Nanjing was the capital of China in the past, the city offered lots of stuff to see and I think it has done a great job of maintaining not only the buildings but a sense of history within the city.

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