Off to Nanjing
Trip Start May 05, 2012
54Trip End Mar 01, 2013
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Once settled into our room we decided to head down to the famous Shixiqiao [shir-she-chi-ow] food street. This was a street full of great little restaurants where you can sample the local cuisine and it had a really great atmosphere. We ended up at a little restaurant down a side alley and managed to order by pointing to the pics we had seen on the menu outside. (We are still limited to pointing at pics when we want to order food here. While we now know the symbols for a few kinds of meat, the various ways that each dish is written on a menu still baffles us!) The first couple of dishes to come out were great and we were beginning to wonder where the third one was when this massive plate of food was laid down on our table. The third dish was a sort of curry/stir-fry with big bits of potato, green pepper and diced lamb/chicken/duck [even now we are not really sure!]. The vegetables were delicious but to our dismay the meat was full of bones. Neither of us are particular keen on picking the meat of the bones, call us fussy foreigners if you will, but we managed to make a bit of a dent in the plate
The next day we decided that since we were in Nanjing, one of the four ancient capitals of China, we should go and see some "old stuff". A city guide we had found online told us that there were some ruins of the Ming Dynasty palace just up the road from our hotel so we took a walk and found them. Check out the pics. The big gate and ruins were really cool and to think that they have been around, in one form or another (a lot of the ruins/ancient attractions have been rebuilt at one point or another) since about the 14th century is really cool.
Following this we decided to check out the Nanjing South Gate. We weren’t aware before we got there, but Nanjing has a massive city wall that has been up since the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty built it some 600 years ago. The Nanjing South Gate is one of the main gates through the wall and it is built as a large fort to repel invaders. From there we were able to climb up onto the top of the wall and were even able to hire a two person bike so that we could explore along the wall a bit differently. We hired the bike for an hour and had a great time hooning along the ancient wall, see the pics. However it was a stinking hot day and I (Evan) got severely burnt due to only wearing a singlet. After the bike ride we had to head home for a shower and get changed out of our now sweat-drenched clothes – did I mention it was stinking hot?