Taiping Heavenly Kingdom Museum

Nearby the Confucius Temple is the Historical Museum of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom, housed in a Ming Dynasty Garden complex. At the zenith of the Taiping Rebellion, Nanjing was a stronghold and several of the Taiping leaders resided here. Unfortunately the museum assumes a knowledge of the movement and merely displays various artifacts and battle maps from the period rather than explaining what is was all about. It’s probably only worthwhile for those with an interest in the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom.

The Zhanyuan Garden, however, is very nice and well worth strolling through. Dating back some 600 years, the complex was originally the residence of a local prince and was visited (and given its current name) by Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty. The various ponds, rockeries and walkways of the garden are quite charming.

Admission: ¥15. Open: 8-17.

Address: 128 Zhanyuan Lu. Tel: +86 (025) 5223 8687. Website: www.njtptglsbwg.com (Chinese only)

Directions: Take the exit to Zhonghua Lu from Sanshanjie subway station and walk south along this street. Turn left into Zhanyuan Lu. The Museum/Garden is just a little down this street.

Show the taxi driver: 请带我去太平天國历史博物館, 谢谢。地址:瞻園路128 號。 (Please take me to the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom Museum. Thank you.)