Purple Mountain (Zijin Shan)

Purple Mountain (Zijin Shan)

Purple Mountain (Zijin Shan)
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wcockerall
Melbourne, Australia182 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We were advised that the tours really were not value for money and in fact very expensive. The hotel arranged a Didi taxi for us and the 40 minute drive only cost $A12. Once we arrived we booked the shuttle bus to the entrance to the mausoleum at a cost of $5 each and spent the next few hours walking around. It is worth the experience. The tours were like over $150 each with no drinks or good so our day was way cheaper and more rewarding as we did it in our own time. The stairs are a little daunting at first but once you begin it's not so bad. We ignored the house of Mei Ling as the crowds were intense and pushing.
Written 22 June 2024
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Emma B
Beijing, China10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
The mountain is beautiful and so close to the city - it is a lovely break from city sightseeing. There is a lot to do, with the cable car, botanical gardens and much more. A lovely thing to do on a hot summers day.
Written 4 July 2022
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada7,803 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
We planned to see lots during our half day at purple mountain and did but we did not get to see it all! Highlight for us was the Ming Tomb area which took longer than expected. There are also discounted tickets available at ticket offices that will give you entry to many attractions at purple mountain.

We really wanted to see the city from the top but weren't lucky with the hazy weather and ran into an unexpected cable car outage on March 30, 2021. From what we can tell from the base cable car station it is a 2.5 km walk to the too and there are designated cars that are permitted to drive to the top.

We found there was lots to do without going to high and the ancient city wall is in this area as well. The purple mountain scenic area is quite large and has a Sun Yat-Sen Memorial, Music Hall, Observatory and a few places to see animals. If you want to see it all you may want to plan a whole day in this area!

There are many cats around here and lots of pollen when we went so do bring allergy medication if you need it.
Written 30 March 2021
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Daniel C
Middlesbrough, UK164 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Located just outside of Nanjing, you can grab a metro train to the outskirts of the city and then begin your climb, though it shouldn't be too difficult since it's not massively big or steep and there are steps along the whole way to follow. Although when I climbed this mountain back in 2018 it was covered in snow and ice so I did have to literally climb it, watch where I stepped, hold onto the wooden posts running along the sides, be steady as I stepped onto the snow. There is a cable car you take to the top but that ruins the fun and sense of achievement you get once you reach the top; plus there are some small places where you can get food which you'll need after the climb. The only real problem is going back down, while this is fine in summer, in winter time it can be dangerous since I slipped a few times. The Mountain is connected to a large park and in the park you can find a monument dedicated to Dr. Sun Yat Sen, the first president of China. You will not be able to reach the very top of the mountain because there is a military base there and the authorities will not allow it, you can still get high enough to look down on all of Nanjing and take some great photos.
Written 6 July 2020
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UOtterTravel
Port Saint Lucie, FL1,256 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
We saw the Purple Mountains while on a day tour of Nanjing. It was quite busy the day we visited as it was the last day of the Plum Blossom Festival and many people were taking photos. There were many sites to see, including the mausoleum, which we viewed from the base. The blossoms were beautiful!
Written 22 March 2020
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WengKeeLeong
Singapore, Singapore298 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
It was a wet day when we visited, although not drenchingly so. Took a Didi up to the observatory museum, which has a couple of interesting exhibits including armillary(?) and water clocks but explanatory notes are almost exclusively in Chinese only. If not for the weather the view should have been great. We decided to take the ropeway (cable car) down, which you get to along a path along the boundary of the observatory. To get there, at the exit of the museum area, there is a path and sign for the ropeway to the right. Take the path towards the right (along a fence); it is a distance of a few hundred metres of undulating terrain (but the brick path is good) to the ropeway station, which is a midway station. It costs 60 RMB for the downhill journey. At the base station, a 50 m or so walk downwards is a bus stop. We took a car for 60 RMB towards the city but it is more a scam since the distance is fairly short; probably taking a bus would have been better!
Written 25 December 2019
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ckm818
Hong Kong, China290 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Hiking as a tourist: an activity to breathe new air, exercise at your own pace, and be merry with birdsongs around. But it’s also a much-sought-after getaway for locals. That’s certainly the case in Nanjing’s Purple Mountain.

On my way up, I witnessed employees from Dyson walking as a team. On the way back, there are many dog owners enjoying the outdoor walk with their pets.
The climb was not too demanding, but definitely more so than the option of cable car. One of my vivid memories was the open mouth of my travel guide when I elected to go on foot. And, why not? The view is worth the mileage.
Written 8 December 2019
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jjmagpie
Melbourne, Australia7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
It’s open! To find it, search Zijinshan Cableway Ticket Office on Apple Maps or ZiJinShan SuoDao which is the bus stop at the bottom of the cableway. ¥100 return or ¥60 one way with the option of getting off at the observatory half way along. A good view over Nanjing with some walks and food options at the top. Try to go on a clearer day but either way, it makes for a nice day out.
Written 7 October 2019
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Stephen C
Singapore, Singapore1,145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Accessible via Metro (Muxuyuan station).
From there, there are various options of going up to the mountain.

We chose to walk and that is an easy and gradual climb for about 40 minutes (2 km) if you do not stop along the way. Signs (including in English) are pretty clear and there is usually a crowd going in the same direction. Plenty to see along the way.

Recommend to purchase the bundled ticket costing 100 RMB with access to 4 attractions within the park. The attractions are spread out across the park but we were able to cover them within half a day.
Written 3 October 2019
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drjeff_780
St. Albert, Canada8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
We visited Purple Mountain to see the mausoleum of Sun Yat-sen. We visited in early July and it was hot in Nanjing - it was a few degrees cooler on the mountain. We walked up to the base of the mausoleum from the metro station - about 1.5km, and were happy to go this way. The foot path is well established and maintained and the huge trees of the park offered shade from the hot sun. The park is very lush with trees and bushes. The mausoleum itself is an incredible site. After the hike up to the base, the additional 392 steps to the top were a challenge, especially in the heat and open sunshine! But the climb was worth it for the views of Nanjing. We had no wait at all to walk through the mausoleum crypt (for some welcomed shade!). We rested for a short spell in the shaded garden areas before heading back down. Walked along the west (right) side going down to find what shade we could. We enjoyed this site as much for a connection to Sun Yat-sen's story and his role in recent Chinese political history we did not know before a visit to Nanjing.
Written 10 July 2019
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