By Kelly Liu.

Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu province. Located in the southern Yangtze Delta, Nanjing has a humid subtropical climate with summers so hot that the city is known as one of China’s “Four Furnaces.” Nanjing, the “southern capital,” occupied an exalted position within Chinese imperial history. The first record of its existence dates to the Warring States period (475-221 BCE) and it subsequently served as the capital of the state of Wu (229-280 CE), the Southern dynasties (317–589 CE), and the Ming dynasty (1368-1421, replaced by Beijing).

  • Nanjing

    Nanjing: An Introduction

    The city of Nanjing occupied a special place in Chinese imperial history as the “southern capital.”

  • The Pandemic in Nanjing


    In December 2019, health authorities in Wuhan, Hubei discovered an outbreak of a pneumonia-like infection, which was shortly identified as a novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV2.

  • Real Estate Week

    Nanjing: The City as Real Estate

    How have the location, size, and shape of architecture in Nanjing been determined by local and central state regulations? How have they been determined by the real estate market? How were the two related? What is the logic of chaiqian (demolition-relocation)?

  • War Week

    War in Nanjing

    How has war affected the history of Nanjing? How have memories of war been interpreted locally, nationally, and internationally?

  • Resources

    Nanjing Resources

    Bibliography for the city of Nanjing.