Nanjing bleg

I’ll be there — what to do, what to eat?

Have any of you been to the Rising Sun Anger Release Bar?  (For a fee, you can beat up and abuse the staff.)  How about The Crying Bar?  Lots of markets in Nanjing.


> Have any of you been to the Rising Sun Anger Release Bar?

Was this filmed there?

When I studied there, I loved to have a glass of wine and some appetizers at Cosima. Spanish food and only 3 tables!


I lived in Nanjing for around 5 months. Nanjing Massacre Museum is certainly worth a visit. Take the subway to Yun Jin Lu station and it's right outside. You can't miss the huge statute of a distraught lady at the entrance. The speciality in Nanjing is spicy duck neck, but never tried it myself. Also make sure to visit Xuan Wu Men lake park, which is served by an eponymous subway station. The Confucius Temple was a little over commercialised for my tastes but there are some fantastic food stalls nearby selling weird and wonderful things which are well worth a try.

And for a sslightly higher fee, they will beat up you....

The Xuanwu Lake Park is very attractive, especially if you go early in the morning when few people are there. There are quite a few restaurants on the Shiziqiao Pedestrian Street off Hunan Road, but they are probably too ordinary for Tyler. There is a nice Irish bar called Finnegan's Wake near Sanshanjie metro station.

+1 for advising tyler to visit a 'nice Irish bar' in nanjing.

Are you there on vacation or for a conference or something? You never seem to give these sorts of details when you travel blog.

My theory is he's working for the CIA.

I didn't know what "bleg" meant so I looked it up. Gross!

Don't miss the Museum of Modern Chinese History, f/ka Presidential Palace, f/k/a KMT HQ. The only place on the mainland where you can see the National Flag (a/k/a ROC a/k/a Taiwan) and pix of Chang Kai-Shek

Also, if you like that sort of thing, the Yangtze River Bridge has some of the best revolutionary statuary extant (along w/ Shenyang)

"One day soon Tyler's gonna tell MR about the Crying Bar."

Rent a foreigner to physically abuse at the Nanjing Irish Anger Release bar.

Self-recommending if ever anything was!

From all the foreign sounding restaurants in Nanjing, it sounds like the Chinese cater to foreigners. The locals probably eat those awful chicken leftovers like fried feet (not legs) and fried rice.

I forgot to recommend Purple Mountain. It's a huge area with a small mountain and lots of different attractions, including the mausoleum of Sun Yat-sen and the Linggu Temple. The latter has a lot of steps to climb, so be prepared for that. After getting a little lost I also happened upon an active temple of some sort. I believe it was Buddhist, but could be wrong. Don't be put off by the huge McDonalds at the entrance of Purple Mountain - not all of it is that commercialised.

Take some light clothes - Nanjing is known colloquially as one of China's four "ovens" [it's really hot and humid]. As for things to do, definitely the mausoleum of the great man himself, Sun Yat-sen. The Yangtze River Bridge is worth a taxi trip I suppose, but hot and polluted, and it's just a very long bridge... Visit the old parliament as well (where Clinton went on his trip to NJ) - Nanjing prides itself on once being the capital city. At night, head down to one of the newer complexes by the canals, lots of decent bars. Taking a canal boat ride is also excellent is also an excellent thing to do at night - lots of colourful bright light displays along the way to trip out to. And of course, don't leave without going to a KTV... As for the museum about the massacre, you'll need the crying bar afterwards, absolutely harrowing.

There are also various things (including some kind of reconstructed shipyard) associated with the 15th century admiral Zheng He, about whom there is a lot of history. This sounds potentially very interesting, but despite three trips to Nanjing I have not found time to explore it yet.

We lived there for a month last year. The Nanjing Museum is outstanding and newly redone. Ignore older reviews that say it's decrepit. The parks at Xuanwu Lake and Mochou Lake were both pleasant; Mochou Lake on a weekend morning will have lots of people exercising, walking, playing in bands, and so forth. The Buddhist Temple next to Xuanwu Lake has a vegetarian restaurant that we liked a lot. It had excellent food that was a welcome change of pace from the oils and meats that characterize much of Jiangsu cooking (which we liked a lot, too). The John-Rabe House on the old university campus is a small, interesting place--worth an hour if you're in the neighborhood. The very best restaurants in the Jiangsu style were ones we were whisked to by our University hosts; the staff spoke almost no English (so our hosts did the ordering), and I wouldn't be able to find them again. One was on a mountainside out by the new university campus to the east, with an astonishing view of the valley. As usual, the locals will know.

Nanjing Da Pai Dang 南京大排档

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