HARBIN, Heilongjiang Province:
Got into Beijing City (a little late...) and met up with Sarah who'd just got back from Shanghai. Had a catch up session over some Starbucks coffee, grabbed a subway sandwich and headed over to the railway station for our 8 hour train journey to Harbin.
The journey was pretty nice, the only tickets left were 1st class, so we had plenty of space and the seats were really comfy.
We arrived into Harbin about 10pm and got a taxi to our hostel. It was a really grotty hotel, and the atmosphere was a bit pants! But it's only for one night, we're going to a nicer hotel for the next two nights in Harbin.
We found what looked like the only restaurant anywhere near our hostel - similar to hot pot, but it was a big frying pan instead of a bowl of hot water. Eventually we managed to explain no meat (after being offered pork, chicken and fish) and got loads of greens and potato! They obviously took pity on us too, because instead of leaving us to it, we had our own personal chef!
Made it back to the hostel, practically waddling from all the food we'd scoffed, and attempted to play a bit of table-football in the bar, before being told off by an old woman saying we'll wake everyone up...
Stayed in our room and watched some awesome Chinese and Korean soaps before getting some sleep.