After a couple of lovely days in Hong Kong, the Hubs and I got on a flight to Nanjing, China for a friend’s wedding. We flew with Dragon Air, which I thought might be a low cost airline but they turned out to be a full service airline and a subsidiary of Cathay Pacific. The flight was surprisingly pleasant with plenty of legroom and I was impressed with their up-to-date entertainment system, despite the fact that we flew economy.
After checking in at the hotel, we started on the touristy stuff in the afternoon by tackling the Confucius Temple. Being a lot further north than Hong Kong, it was proper winter in Nanjing compared to the more spring-like Hong Kong and we went armed with coats, hats and gloves.
The Confucius Temple and the area surrounding it was lovely, they had either maintained the old buildings and architecture very well or had built new buildings in keeping with the old style. It was very lively with lots of restaurants and shops which were colourfully lit and there were loads of tourists despite freezing temperatures.
Although there were loads of tourists outside the Temple, inside was very quiet, almost eerie.
It was lovely to walk around and soak up the atmosphere. After a good look around, the Hubs and I decided to grab some dinner. We found a nice looking restaurant around the Temple and walked in. It was at that point we quickly realised that this was not Hong Kong – people of Nanjing spoke very little or no English. I tried to use my super basic Mandarin to get ourselves some food and the pictures below show what we got. Whilst I could figure out what on the menu was chicken, or beef, or lamb etc., I couldn’t figure out which parts of the animal it was or how it was cooked, which made for a very interesting dinner…
After much confusion and struggle with the ordering of the food, we finally started eating our dinner. That was when the staff started the turn the lights off and get ready to shut the place down for the night. We were really confused as we thought perhaps it was a lot later than we thought it was.. but no, it was only half 8. Anyway, we hurriedly ate what we could and bundled ourselves out of there.
After all the travelling and walking around in the cold, we were absolutely knackered (as we had underestimated the distances on the map and thought what would be an easy 15 minute walk turned out to be a brisk trot for about an hour), we took a taxi to the hotel and I brushed up on my food-related Mandarin vocab in an attempt to feed ourselves better the next day.