August 1st 1927 is a date critically important in the history of the Chinese Communist Party, which rules China today. On that day, the Chinese Communists openly rebelled against the Chinese government at the time and thus started an armed struggle that brought the Communist Party to power in 1949. The August 1st Nanchang Uprising Museum, located on Zhongshan Road, is housed in an old hotel that, back in 1927, served as the headquarters for the Communist rebel leaders.
Located in the heartland of South China, Nanchang is the capital of Jiangxi Province. It 1,609 km or 998 mi south of Beijing, 837 km or 518.94 mi southwest of Shanghai, and 875 km or 543 mi northeast of Guangzhou. This is a city with a strong revolutionary past, where the August 1st Uprising took place in 1927, the beginning of a struggle that eventually brought the Chinese Communist Party to power in China. Although moderate as a tour destination in itself, it is a stepping stone to noted sites such as Mt. Lu, Wuyuan and Jingdezhen.
August First Uprising Museum
Celeste Cloud Shrine and Badashanren Memorial Hall
Qingyunpu (Celeste Cloud Shrine)is a Daoist shrine that was later adopted as the residence of the famous artist Zhu Da. Zhu, better known as Badashanren, lived in the late Ming and Early Qing Dynasty was renowned for his simple and yet moving ink paintings as well as his calligraphy. Located5 km south of Nanchang, Qingyunpu now serves as a gallery and memorial hall that showcases works of Badashanren.
Meiling Scenic Area
Situated 15 km northwest of Nanchang, the Meiling Scenic Area (Meiling Fengjingqu), also known as the Meiling-Liuxianhu Scenic Area, comprises 150 square km of land. Green hills, clear lakes, clouds and caves make a retreat for the resident of Nanchang. The area is also rich with Daoist tradition, as shown by the various rock inscriptions and Daoist shrines.
Nanchang-Star Sightseeing Wheel
Standing on the southern bank of the Gan River that flows through Nanchang, Nanchang-Star Sightseeing Wheel (Nanchang Zhi Xing Motianlun) is a visitor-carrying Ferris wheel located on the bank of the Gan River. Measured 165 meters (541 ft) in height, it is 30 meters (98 ft) taller than the London Eye. In addition to providing visitors rides, Nanchang Star is designed to look like a large clock and feature special light effects at night. Nearby is Nanchang Star Amusement Park.
Poyang Lake Migrant Birds Protection Zone
Poyang Lake (Poyang Hu) lies 30 km is the largest clear-water lake in China. Poyang Lake Migrant Birds Protection Zone lies in the middle section of the western shore of the lake, about 60 km northeast of Nanchang. It is part of Wucheng Township, Yongxiu County. Over 200 species of birds can be found here, especially in winter times, among which there are swans, wild geese, grey herons, and white cranes.
Prince Teng Tower
Tengwen Ge (Prince Teng Tower) was made famous by a poem written back in the 7th century, which depicts the view from the tower. The pavilion standing today, however, was a recent reconstruction. The name of the pavilion came from the prince who ordered the construction of the original tower. Measured 57.5 meters in height, Tengwang Pavilion stands west of Nanchang, on the bank of the Gan River.
Located in the northeastern suburb of Nanchang, Qingshan Lake (Qingshan Hu) is about 300 hectares in area. The lake and the surrounding area is now a resort with amusement and sports facilities, along with attractions such as Birds Garden and Swan Island.
Measured 50 meters in height, the pagoda was originally built in the 10th century and rebuilt and repaired several times over the centuries. Buddhist treasures were allegedly found at the site when ground was broken to construct the tower, hence the name "Sheng Jin Ta" (Rope Gold Pagoda).
Nanchang Changbei International Airport is 25 northwest of the city. Transportation: shuttle buses, taxis, and city buses.