The Qinhuai River flows for 5km (3 miles) through
the southern part of Nanjing. From the 14th to the early 20th century,
shops, restaurants and brothels flourished along its banks. The
beautiful lantern boats that glided on the Qinhuai River were next
to none in color and artistry. Recent renovations have restored
the Qinhuai River and its famous sites to their former beauty.