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Zijinshan Observatory

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Reviewed 29 October 2018

Pity but when we visited this site the day was "foggy" and could see almost nothing from the top. However, with a nice day it would be a good visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Regina L
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

My friend drove us up the hill passed the old Nanjing wall to the observatory. The Carpark is not free anymore and observatory collects fees as well. We walked around the observatory in the hiking trails which is breezy and has great views of the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Hanry Y
Reviewed 5 June 2018

This mountain's name pretty much translates to Purple Mountain. It's very beautiful once you get past the KFC located at the top of the mountain.

Date of experience: May 2018
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

My husband and I are living in China temporarily and wanted to do a fun weekend activity so we were wanting to do the Purple Mountain temple for the day, but accidentally ended up here and loved it! The hike to the top was 3-4...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank talia679
Reviewed 3 August 2016

It was really hot(must be around 40C degree in that late Sunday afternoon 24th of July),with high humidity as well, you could imagine the challenge to climb ZiJinshan (mountain) in such a weather. But we managed it, thinking of the great exercise to our body,...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Shoudi2016
Reviewed 17 September 2015

This is the other side of Purple Mountain. If you start walking up the road you are going the long way, take the cable car instead by going up the stairs. Many chinese will walk up the road to save money and frankly it is...More

Date of experience: September 2015
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Reviewed 2 September 2015

if you don't have time and the heat is killing you...Use the cable car and enjoy the views on the top. You can also have a short walk there and discover a couple of nice corners

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank idefix27
Reviewed 23 October 2014 via mobile

To be honest, the chair lift is the best part. For rmb60, you get a long distance return ride above pristine forest with great views over nanjing. I didnt time the duration but it feels like 20-30min one way. The observatory is at the mid-station....More

4  Thank femmemme
Reviewed 5 September 2014

it was a Special experience for me which i ve never forget.. flying grom the beautiful forests, from teh beautiful lakes for more than one hour, have a perfect view from the mountain... very nice experience

Date of experience: August 2014
Thank MariaM3
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