Because Chinese New Year (and its concurrent travel rush) was fast approaching (10 days away as of our arrival in Nanjing) we didn’t have as much flexibility with our time in Nanjing as we would’ve liked. So we were stuck with a mere 48 hours in the beautiful and historic city of Nanjing.
Fortunately our Couchsurfing host there, Wendy, helped us make the absolute most of our time there.
Wendy came to the huge Nanjing south station to meet us. Nanjing south is the second largest train station in the world by floor area, so it took us a while to meet up, but when we finally did it was straight into the action.
We drove into the centre of Nanjing and parked at a fancy water-themed shopping mall so we could explore the busy parts of the city on foot. Our first stop was a Cantonese restaurant where Wendy had picked up a voucher for a banquet-style meal on a one day deals website (a la Oneday or Groupon) and we enjoyed a huge, multicourse lunch to fuel us up for the rest of the day.
Sarah and I in front of the former imperial civil service examination hall