My 5: The Nanjing Eye, China.

The Nanjing Eye pedestrian bridge Nanjing Olympic Park China

1. October 2018. There’s some really impressive architecture to be found all around Nanjing’s Olympic Park. This stylish steel pedestrian and cycle bridge connects the Youth Olympic Sports Park and Jiangxinzhou Forest Park. It’s free to cross and on a day like this there are fine views out across the Yangtze River and the Olympic zone beyond.

The Nanjing Eye pedestrian bridge Nanjing Olympic Park China

2. October 2018. The bridge got its nickname after a poll was opened to collect ideas. Apparently over 50.000 people within China and abroad sent in suggestions, with a local Nanjing girl coming up with  winning name, The Nanjing Eye, because of the bridge’s two eye-shaped towers.

The Nanjing Eye pedestrian bridge Nanjing Olympic Park China

3. October 2018. The bridge was built in 2014 during the second Youth Olympic Games, which took place right here in Nanjing. It’s the Yangtze River’s first bridge solely for pedestrians and cyclists.

The Nanjing Eye pedestrian bridge Nanjing Olympic Park China

4. October 2018. The Nanjing Eye is surprisingly quiet all year round and indeed the Olympic Zone as a whole remains something of a hidden secret, certainly among Chinese tourists who don’t seem to flock here as they do with Nanjing’s historical sites. From my five days in the city across Golden Week this experience was by the far the most relaxing.

The Nanjing Eye pedestrian bridge Nanjing Olympic Park China

5. October 2018. This somewhat shaky night shot was taken from the top floor of the nearby Jumeirah Hotel in its very cool seafood restaurant and bar on the 41stfloor. The Nanjing Eye lies in the city’s Olympic park in the southwest of the city. Take the subway to Yuantong (Line 1, red, exit 4) and make the short walk over to the park.

For more on this under-the-radar district of the city, check out more articles from Nanjing’s Olympic Village.

Like this? Check out my many other pieces from around Nanjing.

Want to delve further afield? Why not tap into my stacks of articles from across China.

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