Well it is 7.00 am and I've arrived in Xian after a surprisingly comfy train journey. The beds were softer than the dorm bunks in Sanlitun!
Mum - I used the pacsafe for the first time you'll be glad to know! I shoved all my valuables into it when I slept and it was fine. I didn't need it at the last hostel because there were lockable safes in every room :)
Outside the station i bought a bottle of water and what i thought was a bread bun (actually a battered deep fried date covered in sesame :/ )...SO I ended up walking around Xian in pyjama bottoms and eating a donut at 7am trying to figure out what to do next when I came across a posh hotel. I just hovered around their lobby and connected to their wifi and managed at last to get hold of my hostel! 30 minutes later here I am in a mini bus after being met with my name on a sign (!!!) being driven backwards down the street on my way to the hostel. All is good!