Duck Blood Soup: Nanjing’s most iconic dish is made by combining duck blood, dried fried tofu, dried small shrimp and various other ingredients and is served with noodles.
Gan Si: This is a refreshing cold dish, made of shredded bean-curd, which is covered in a sauce made of sesame oil and vegetables. It’s commonly eaten during the hot summer.
Salted Duck Soup: Another of Nanjing’s most famous dishes, this is usually eaten in Autumn. The dish is prepared by marinating duck meat in a spice mix, of which the ingredients have been kept a secret! Try this dish at Jinling Restaurant near Xinjiekou.
Dou Fu Nao: This popular breakfast dish is made from tofu, mushrooms, coriander and chilli and can be found across the city.
Fried Spring Onion Pancake: Another popular breakfast snack, this is a kind of fried pastry that is filled with shallot, meat and other ingredients and usually covered with a pastry crust. It is quite greasy, but easy to eat on the go. The best place to taste it is Liu Feng Ju.
Nanjing comes alive at night, when you can find an array of activities to keep you entertained. Head to Fuzimiao ancient street to enjoy the hustle and bustle of this popular ancient quarter or take a boat ride on the Qinhuai River to enjoy views from the canals. If you’re looking for culture, don’t miss the Jiangsu Performing Arts Group, who frequently perform traditional Chinese arts in different theaters around the city. For a more cosmopolitan evening, Xinjiekou is the place to be; the city’s CBD is lined with shops, bars and restaurants to give you a taste of modern-day Nanjing. Nanjing 1912 is a popular area for young people to gather in the evenings, for a drink, dance or even a sing!