When we arrived in Nanjing, we had no idea where we were going to stay. So we picked a random hostel out of the Lonely Planet and asked a taxi driver to take us there. It ended up being a great location and an acceptable price.
It was a ton of fun introducing Mike to the world of youth hostels. Our room was a dorm with 7 bunks and room for 5 other guests, which were always rotating night to night. We got to meet a bunch of people from all walks of life, some very normal and others a bit off. Some were foreigners, others were Chinese tourists or young people there for business. Most people were talkative and interested in speaking with us.
The first floor of the hostel had a lobby where we often socialized after dinner. Mike was a hit and did really well in these random social situations. Some of the best stories from the trip in Nanjing came from the hostel itself.