Chinese City Fact: Nanjing

Nanjing is situated 186 miles west of Shanghai and is known for being the old capital of China during many of the historical dynasties. It also became capital of the Republic of China in 1912 before Beijing took over.

Nanjingphoto © 2008 Monan Qiu | more info (via: Wylio)

Today’s local economy is centred around the “Five Pillar Industries” of electronics, petrochemicals, cars, steel and iron. In recent years Nanjing has been competing with other cities in the Yangtze River Delta for foreign investment and on average 2 foreign firms establish offices in the city every day.

Nanjing_0055photo © 2009 Jim | more info (via: Wylio)

Being one of the ancient four capitals of China, Nanjing has a long history as a cultural centre with a number of art groups, museums and libraries located in the city. During a darker spell in it’s history Nanjing was also subject to a brutal massacre during the Japanese occupation in 1937. The estimated death toll was as much as 350,000 and this is still an extremely sensitive subject for it’s inhabitants.

Nanjing, Chinaphoto © 2010 ronan crowley | more info (via: Wylio)

For more on Nanjing, please visit:

http://www.chinatoday.com/city/nanjing.htm

http://english.nanjing.gov.cn/

For more in the events of 1937 please see (Warning: some graphic images):

http://www.nanking-massacre.com/History_of_Nanking_Massacre_1937.html

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