Explore Nanjing, host of 2014 Youth Olympics
Updated: 2014-08-13 15:57
The 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing are only a few days away. As the world tunes in to the international event, the host city has a chance to highlight its unique charm and fascinating history.
Nanjing, capital of East China's Jiangsu province, does not see the flow of international travelers that Beijing and Shanghai do. With a blend of the modern and traditional, Nanjing has a proud history of being "the ancient capital of six dynasties".
During the six dynasties, from the Three Kingdoms Period (AD220-280) to the Republic of China (1911-49), Nanjing witnessed hundreds of battles and wars and always recovered. It was the first city in the world with a population over one million, and was called one of the world's two classical civilization centers, along with ancient Rome.
The following images offer a glimpse into Nanjing's past and present.