10.5.08

Conquering the South capital

About two week ago, my office sent me to a project to look at the site in Nanjing, the former capital of China when it was still republic under Chang Kai Shek. We got there from CRH 2 trains of China the Chinese locomotive equivalent of Japanese Shinkanshen (bullet) trains. Mind you that this train travels at an average of 210kph taking us from Shanghai to Nanjing of less than 2.5 hrs the distance of the 2 cities from Google Earth ruler is about 270kms and it's like Manila to Bicol for which via bus we travel it for 9 to 10 hrs. One way to Nanjing would cost you 90rmb.

Anyway, we got out from official itinerary early so we did small fieldtrip. We headed to have a sip of frap in Starbucks located in Nanjing 1912 which is comparable to Shanghai’s Xintiandi with fancy dining and drinking houses clad on grey (and red) bricks and cozy esplanades but much bigger and not crowdy or because it’s still day still young when we got there.

I got a glimpse of the infamous Purple Mountain from the taxi window. What I like most in Nanjing was the Xuanwu Lake which we viewed from the square near the rail station. The lake seemed to relax the Jiangshu capital landscape. Many travelers ready to depart the city that day for the 3 day long Holiday so they unwind first in the banks of the lake to view the setting sun and wet their thirsty feet on the water lake.

That’s Nanjing in a day.


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