Located along the lower banks of the Yangtze River, the city of Nanjing is carved by the bygone underpinnings of an 1800-year old history. Far from the dizzying din of Beijing and Shanghai, Nanjing's sleepy corners are filled to the brim with historic remnants and sacred sites from a storied era, although the relaxed city does offer semblances of urbanization too. This southern capital, decked with the handsome foliage of parasol-like wutong trees, is walled by ancient ramparts built during the Ming dynasty, back when Nanjing was established as the capital of the Jiangsu province nearly 600 years ago. Within the cities gargantuan sprawl, imperial heritage structures like the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, the Confucius Temple, The Gate of China, and the haunting ruins of the Ming Dynasty Palace draw curious tourists from various parts of China. Home to Asia's deepest inland port along the Yangtze River, world class museums that specialize in China's culture and history, and a premier academic destination with over 40 universities, Nanjing is a less-explored gem in the People's Republic of China.