Life in Nanjing

Nanjing was the capital of 10 Chinese dynasties, including Ming (capital from 1368-1421) and the Republic of China (capital from 1368-1421). Historical sites are key for tourism.

Roughly a third of the Ming City Wall still stands today. Visitors are permitted to stroll along the 600-year-old wall at three former gates: Zhonghuamen, Taicheng and Shitoucheng.

Located in the lower Yangtze River drainage basin and Yangtze River Delta economic zone, Nanjing is home to one of the world's largest inland ports. Nanjing is also one of the fifteen sub-provincial cities in China's administrative structure.

Nanjing has always been a cultural centre attracting intellectuals from all over the country. In the Tang and Song dynasties, Nanjing was a place where poets gathered and composed poems reminiscent of its luxurious past; during the Ming and Qingdynasties, the city was the official imperial examination centre (Jiangnan Examination Hall) for the Jiangnan region, again acting as a hub where different thoughts and opinions converged and thrived.

Today, with a long cultural tradition and strong support from local educational institutions, Nanjing is commonly viewed as a “city of culture” and one of the more pleasant cities to live in China.Other iconic attractions include Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum on Zijin Mountain, Ming Emperor Tomb and the Memorial Hall of Victims in Nanjing Massacre. The 4.72-square kilometer Xuanwu Lake Park was the largest Imperial lake garden in China’s history.


Getting around in Nanjing

Public transportation is the best way of getting around in the bustling city of Nanjing. It is advised to get Nanjing Public Utility IC Card which is available from any metro station or departmental stores. The card can be used on the metro, all city buses, cross-river ferries, taxis and in some Suguo convenience stores

By Metro/subway: The metro is a clean, cheap, safe and fast way of getting from point A to B quickly. There are currently 4 lines connecting the city and the suburbs. For more information about the cost of your ride and time please search and download the “Nanjing Metro” free app on your smart phone. 


Location of NUAA

Ming Palace Campus – Mingugong Station on Line 2

JiangJun Rd. Campus – Cuiping shan station on Line S1.

By Taxi: Taxis are a great way to get around in Nanjing. The taxi driver should start the meter as soon as you are picked up. 

Didi Dache 

Didi Dache App

What It Is: This is how people find cabs when there are no cabs, and why some cabs won't stop for you - they're going to pick up people using this app. You do not have to tip.

Ease Of Use: Basic oral Chinese is necessary for talking to the driver. For example, "Shifu wo yao qu lukou Jichang" ("Driver, I want to go to Lukou Airport") is enough. Once you confirm a taxi, the app will send you the driver's phone number so you can just give them a call if there's any problem. The driver will probably call you if you're not outside when they arrive.

How To Use It:

1. Search for Didi Dache in the app store and install that.

2. Before you can call cabs, you'll need to enter your phone number then receive and input a confirmation code. To do that, click the lines in the top left and a keypad window will appear, as shown in the top left screen shot. After you get a text message with your confirmation code, input that in the space just below where you entered your phone number then hit "开始" ("Begin"). Now you're good to go.

3. The home screen looks a lot like Baidu Maps, except you can see a bunch of car icons; those are the taxis in your area. 

4. Your location is in the middle of the screen. If the address is incorrect, click on the text that starts with "我在..." ("I'm at..."), then you can choose from more addresses/buildings. It's important to have the right pick-up location so your driver doesn't get confused. 

5. Now you're ready to call a cab. Just hold down the orange button at the bottom of the screen and say where you want to go, for example "Shifu ni hao, wo yao qu ", which basically means "Hello, Driver. Please take me to ." Release the button when you are done speaking. 

6. It may take a minute, but a driver will probably respond to your request pretty quickly. Then you'll get a screen with the name of the driver, a phone icon that you can click to call the driver, and the license plate number of the cab. 

By BUS:  Buses are handy for getting around - particularly places that are inaccessible by subway, but has no English information. However, Google Maps or Baidu Maps displays bus services for Nanjing and some tourist maps such as those sold around the train station will have bus routes. 

Banking in China

The currency used in China is CNY Chinese Yuan, however it is also referred as RMB (Renminbi). Please do not get confused if RMB is used in place of CNY.  

Banking: Please take your passport and student Id (or admission notice) for the opening of the Bank account. Normally the bank teller could speak in English, if not you could say “Wo yao Kai zhang hu ?????” or “I want to open an account”. 

After filling couple of forms you will get an ATM card, which can be used throughout China. Your parents or guardians could also remit to your account from overseas. Please ask the bank for the bank address and SWIFT code. (Also ask for opening of Mobile banking, it will be very convenient to buy things from internet, pay for taxi, buy air tickets etc)   

Banks nearby : 

  1. Bank of Communications (recommended)                                                                      Bank of Communication
  2. Bank of China, 
  3. Agricultural Bank of China. 

Shopping in China

There are many convenient stores in and around the campus, (Ming-gu-gong and Jiangjun lu).  Students could pay through their students IC card in supermarkets on campus. 

There are big superstores nearby the university, Suguo Supermarket or Auchan hypermarket.

If you are looking for bargain, then get down to Fuzimiao Shopping zone, (Metro Line 1, Sanshan st. station) and utilize your bargaining skills. 

Electronic gadgets could be bought at ZhuJiang Rd, (Metro line 1, Zhujiang Rd, station) The whole street is full of stores selling electronic gadgets and accessories.     

Xinjiekou (Metro Line 1, Xinjiekou st.) is the main shopping district of Nanjing. Stores for luxury brands, imported items, and some common brands like H&M, Muji, Zara are located all in Xinjiekou. 

A very common  and extremely popular way for shopping for students would be to shop online. Website like and offer wide range or products. These websites are relatively cheaper than the malls and the shopping center.