Swallow Rock

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Coordinates: 32°08′49″N 118°49′01″E / 32.147°N 118.817°E / 32.147; 118.817

Qianlong Stele Pavilion at Swallow Rock

Swallow Rock (simplified Chinese: 燕子矶; traditional Chinese: 燕子磯; pinyin: Yànzi jī) is a small scenic area in the northwest part of Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China. It's one of the three most famous rocks in Nanjing. Swallow Rock is 36 meters high. The rock stands in the Yangzi river, shaped like a flying swallow, so it's called The Swallow Rock.

Swallow Rock is also of minor historical interest for several unrelated events. In the Qing dynasty, when the emperor qianlong traveled to the south, he passed Swallow Rock and left a poem here and that is now displayed on the rocks. On the top of the rock, there is a pavilion with a stone tablet in it. Swallow Rock is one of the 48 scenic areas in Nanjing.

There is also a small monument that marks this as one of the sites where citizens of Nanjing were slaughtered by the Japanese during the Nanjing Massacre.[1]