On our last day in Nanjing, we rented bikes from the hostel and went on a short tour of the city.  Michael was responsible for reading the map and navigating, which was no small task given that they were all in Chinese and Pinyin.  At times he was frustrated when he couldn’t figure out the […]

Each morning, Mike and I got breakfast at the nearby KFC.  The reason was is that it was a comfortable and convenient place for us to sit down and study Chinese, which we did for literally an hour every day in Nanjing. As an aside, the Chinese KFC never used “Finger Licking Good” as its […]

On a rainy day, Mike and I decided to take in the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Museum.  The weather was definitely fitting for the occasion and topic. During most of the 1930’s, the Japanese had occupied Manchuria. In 1937, they invaded southern China as well.  The major target was Nanjing, which was at that time the […]

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 southern section of Nanjing, where we stayed, has a series of neat canals that all converge upon a crowded pedestrian street. Each night we took a walk through the brightly lit streets.  Once we splurged and took a boat tour of the canals. The boat tour was about an hour long, and it took […]

Nanjing was the capital city of China during part of the Ming Dynasty. The old imperial palace there was since razed, but the ruins are still part of a public park and accessible for free.  So we decided to take a walk there. A large part of Nanjing’s ancient city walls also still survive, and […]

As is customary in China, Wang Jing accompanied us to the train station to catch our train to Nanjing.  But once we waved goodbye, we were completely on our own for the next week.  I was confident I could handle all of our normal communication needs, but if something strange happened (i.e. a medical emergency), […]