Having pretty much seen all the sights that Shanghai had to offer and feeling the effect's from two night's partying, we decided to have a lazy day at the hostel. Late afternoon, Tom, Steve and I talked about going to the park on numerous occasions, but only managed to make it out of the hostel, 30mnis before sunset. In an act of true stubbornness, we carried on playing for a good hour. Although we couldn't actually have a decent kick around, it was just nice having some form of exercise for the first time in 2weeks
On the way back, we decided to go on the hunt for Pizza and ended up in Papa John's. Unfortunately, we found ourselves accustom to paying a tuppence for meals and the 5 pounds they were asking for a 9" pizza seemed absolutely ludicrous. We then spotted a local restaurant and with our tummy's rumbling, made our way inside. Ordering in China can be a nightmare because you're never sure about the portion sizes, sometimes a dish would feed a terracotta army, other times they haven't got enough dishes on the menu to satisfy your hunger. With that in mind, we decided to go with the waiter's recommendation of dumplings, sticky chicken, fried rice and chicken soup (apparently a local delicacy)
We're in China, so of course the dumplings were sublime, I really liked the sticky chicken but I feel it may have been a little on the sweet side for my compadres. The rice (although not as good as my dads) was nice but the soup was a little on the bland side...although due to our hungry state we lapped it up. As Steve went for a 2nd helping of chicken soup, he joked about finding chicken claw's at the bottom of the pot but as he lifted the ladle , he got a little more than he had bargained for when he was greeted by an entire chicken's neck and head! Que fit's of laughter at the shade of green Steve had now turned and the lifeless 'Mr burn's' like chicken, stewing in our pot. We reached for a menu and read out the the dish we had been gleefully tucking into "tea and old chicken soup...that's right, old chicken soup
We made our way back to the hostel to pack for the early train ride to Xi'an. Our Chinese friend Kiway showed us some awesome dance moves. So awesome that I decided to record it, unfortunately halfway through, I took a step back and feel head over heels from tripping over my backpack. Que massive fits of laughter, but like the true professional he is Kiway continued the show and Mr North was on hand to capture the magic. We then made our way into the lounge for a few drinks with Tom, Holly and Katie before saying our goodbyes and heading to bed, ready for an early start. .