If you want to get unparalleled, panoramic views of Nanjing, head up to Yuejiang Tower, situated on the top of Shizishan (Lion Mountain) just northwest of the city. It is regarded as one of the four major towers of the Jiangnan area, together with Huanghe Tower (Yellow Crane Tower) in Hubei, Yueyang Tower in Hunan and Tengwang Tower in Jiangxi. Yuejiang Tower is distinctly representative of the classic architectural style of the Ming Dynasty, with its green glazed tiles, red columns and beautiful patterns. You can take one of the two south-facing entrances on Jianning Road to get into the tower complex. Right at the entrance you'll see a huge picture of Zheng He, an admiral for the imperial navy during the Ming Dynasty. As a favorite of the Yongle Emperor, whose usurpation he assisted, Zheng rose to the top of the imperial hierarchy and served as commander of the southern capital Nanjing. You can take the west entrance where there's an elevator that goes up to the top of the hill or you can go through the east entrance for a scenic walk to the summit. The highest balconies of Yuejiang Tower offer breathtaking views of the great Yangtze River where you can snap the best photos to commemorate your visit to Nanjing.