Foreigners misjudge the size of Chinese cities all the time. It can still happen to those of us who have lived in the Middle Kingdom for a couple of years. It can especially happen if your “China experience” is mostly in a smaller city like Changzhou. That’s what happened to me in Nanjing. I went back to Fuzimiao, aka The Confucian Temple, thinking I can spend a few hours and take everything in. There’s a problem with that: it’s too big, and seeing everything would entail more than three hours. There’s not just the temple itself, but other museums.
Plus, once you stray away from the Temple area, you end up in other attractions. For example, White Egret Park is just down the road, and not by far. It’s walking distance.
There are easily a few things here besides the White Pagoda to occupy a person’s time. The park itself is large with several bridges to a few islands. Also nearby is this…
In trying to get out of White Egret Park, I accidentally ended up in Dongshuiguan Relics Park. This entails part of an old city wall, but there is more to it than just that. Nanjing has a history stretching back thousands of years. Parts of Nanjing, like the Qinhuai River area has a history stretching back to the Stone Age. So, lesson learned. This is no going to part of Nanjing to “see everything in a few hours.” In Changzhou, yes, but apparently not in Nanjing.