Profound historic and cultural legacies
Nanjing is renowned both domestically and internationally as an historical city with a profound cultural heritage. Famous for being the “Ancient Capital of Six Dynasties and Capital City for Ten Dynasties,” Nanjing has served as the capital of 10 regimes in its 2,500-year history. With its unique blend of imperial magnificence and southern Chinese grace, Nanjing has a long, glorious history of cultural heritage and is a significant “Capital of Poetry”, “Capital of Buddhism" and “Cultural Hub of China.” Nanjing’s cultural resources include numerous cultural heritages and 387 protected historic sites. UNESCO has listed 4 cultural heritages, including Nanjing Yun brocade manufacturing techniques, in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and the Representative List of National Cultural Heritage contains10 cultural heritages, including the Qinhuai Lantern Festival.
In 2008, amazing archaeological discoveries were made in the Chang Gan Temple ruins in ancient Jinling, as Nanjing was formerly called. A large volume of metals was excavated from the Ashoka tower and important relics of the Buddha were unearthed. The city has a wide array of cultural resources, including 17 libraries, 16 cultural centers, and 55 museums, providing tremendous potential for cultural development. Adhering to the development strategy of a Cultural Nanjing, we have continuously developed a strong public cultural service system, created cultural industry development policies, and effectively promoted the cultural development and enhancement of the overall strengths of Nanjing. In recent years, Nanjing has been elected as the Mainland China City with the Strongest Soft Strengths and awarded the UN Habitat Scroll of Honor Special Citation.