The Zhan Garden was created in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) as a private garden of General Xu Da. During the Taiping Revolution, the garden was destroyed and rebuilt in the Qing Dynasty (1889-1912).
The huge "Xuanwu" Lake garden is located between the central station and the city center. There are four large islands on the lake, with tea houses and pavilions. They are connected to the shore by bridges. The park is one of the top attractions in Nanjing.
The Purpur-Gold Mountains are located south of downtown Nanjing. Famous sights such as The Ming Tombs, the Dr. Sun Yatsen Mausoleum and Ling Gu Ta Pagoda are located in the mountains. The 447-meter-high mountain is covered by forrests and in the summer much more pleasant than the city. Close to the Ming Tombs is a bamboo forest.
The "Chang Jiang" (Long River), also known as "Yangzi", flows just to the north of Nanjing. The longest river of Asia (6.300 km) springs on the "Qinghai Plateau" in the Himalayas and flows into the "Yellow Sea" north of Shanghai.