The Qinhuai River is the biggest river in Nanjing. It stretches nearly 70 miles (110 kilometers), covering 1,000 square miles (2,600 square kilometers), and which is quite famous in Chinese history.
The Qinhuai River is the cradle of the ancient Nanjing civilization. Long before that, it has been a tributary of the mighty Yangtze River, along which people have lived and prospered for generations. It’s the birthplace of the time-honored Nanjing culture and is known to many as the “Mother River of Nanjing”. As the “life blood” of Nanjing, the Qinhuai River mesmerizes countless travelers annually.
Of the scenery of the Qinhuai River, lantern-decorated boat is the most famous. Each boat on the river hangs various colorful lanterns, which is against the dark sky and crystal clear water. For tourists, a cruise along the Qinhuai River is highly recommended. You can immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere and appreciate the charming nightscape of this ancient city as the boat moves along.
Today, the scenic belt along the Qinhuai River revolves around the Confucian Temple and the Qinhuai River serves as the connection. Attractions on the scenic belt include the Zhanyuan Garden, the Confucian Temple, Egret Islet, China Gate, as well as the sailing boats on the river, pavilions and towers on the riverbanks. It is a perfect sight for visitors to take in, where historic sites, gardens, barges, streets, pavilions, towers, and folk culture and customs all come together.
Apart from sightseeing, the Qinhuai River is also a popular place to discover local items and appreciate the local cuisine. Local items like imitation ancient ivory carvings, traditional satin, velvet and Yuhua pebble are all available.. Local specialties like steamed buns stuffed with pork, eight-flavored jellied bean curd pastries, roasted beef, salted duck, animal stomach and chicken feet would be a great feast to your taste buds.
The best way to visiting Qinhuai River is by boat. For visiting the river on boat, it costs 55RMB/p in the day and 70RMB at night. Your cruise lasts about one hour.
How to get to: Take the bus of No. 4, 7, 40, 44, 49, 62, 304, 2, 14, 16, 23, Tourist2, Tourist4, 26, 33, 43, 46, 63, 81, 87, 101, 102, 103, 106, 305 and get off at Confucius Temple.