Nanjing has witnessed the continuous emergence of many distinguished talents and noble hearts as well as monumental achievements. Attracted by her special appeal, a great number of powerful figures and people actuated by high ideals have stayed in or frequented this metropolis to contend for the lead or to give play to their genius and virtues, to settle on this blessed land or have their splendid dreams fulfilled. The towering Purple Mountains and the billowing Yangtze River nurtured them and provided them with arenas in which to realize their aspirations, and they on their part added splendid pages to the history of the resplendent Chinese civilization.
The tremendous changes that have taken place in Nanjing since the founding of the People’s Republic of China are even more inspiring. On the occasion of the liberation of Nanjing on April 23, 1949, the common people came to be the genuine masters of this historic city. People of Nanjing have been working hard to give this age-old city a new appearance. Especially for the past dozen years or more, the country’s reform and opening-up policy has infused new vigor into this famous beautiful city. Newly built industries, an efficient transportation network extending in all directions, picturesque urban construction, a booming tertiary industry, a varied and colorful cultural life, all these and more have added charm and vitality to this modern metropolis, which retains somehow the ambience and features of an ancient capital. The prophecy of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, father of modem China, that “Nanjing will have a future that knows no bounds” is becoming reality.