We wake up with throbbing calves - that's what 2 days of Great Wall walking will do to ya! Delighted to find Nurofen to help fight the colds.
Having read the not so impressive reviews on the "Shanghai Astronautical Hotel" Jacqueline cancels the booking and rebooks the curiously named "Fish Inn" which gets an 8 on trip advisor and appears to be very central, conveniently located near to "the bund".
We get up at 5.50 am, pack up, leave the three amigos a note to apologise for opting not to beer it up with them last night and set off for the metro. The journey is approximately 1 hour 10 mins including the walk from the hostel- costing 40p each. We arrive at Beijing south station which is expectedly impressive and pick up our tickets at the info desk with ease. Starving we head for a Mc Donald's brekkie - bad we know but the intake of healthy Chinese food over the past 4 days needs to be counter balanced with junk ... we know - BS! The breakfast is the nicest either of us have had from a Maccy Ds' and we make tracks for our gate.
The queuing system is mental here in China - it's doesn't actually exist. If people wanna push in front they will, holding our own we board the train at 9.30am. It's fairly spacious, really clean and super quick at 200mph. We fly past baron farmland and sporadically placed villages, yes, the scenery is not great.
We arrive at 2.50pm and immediately we notice a change in temperature much to our colds delight. It's 17 degrees here, the station is modern and slick and as we pull in we glide past a mass of newly constructed skyscrapers and supporting cranes. We head to east Nanjing station, it's straight forward and we find the hotel with ease - the staring is intense for the whole journey - here we go again. We check in and are delighted with how centrally located and modern our hotel is.
After checking in we decide to explore Shanghai for dinner so we walk down Nanjing road past the large TV screens (similar to Leicester Square) and lit up shops finding a restaurant on the corner. We order Kung pau chicken, which is sadly riddled with nuts, egg rice which is beautiful and the worst chicken noodles we've ever had - tasted like rubber. After dinner, we head back to get ready for tomorrow picking up paracetamol on route to try to get rid of these bloody Beijing colds.