Shenzhen

Early in the morning Bostoe accompanies me to the subway and I head directly to Chinese border (formally HK is a part of China, but on both sides you need visas; HK citizens do not consider themselves mainland Chinese at all). I arrive in Shenzhen, greeting me with the familiar chaos and complete incapacity of communicating in English. I’m trying to get to West Railway Station, where they will have built a subway line soon but not just yet. Therefore I choose the combined method – minibus plus moto-taxi (the driver is absolutely happy to hear my fake Chinese and awards me a reduction).

I get on the train to Nanjing (25 hours ride). I can’t help the impression that the “hard seat” class is looking nicer and cleaner than a year before… Lots of free places this time, too. Luckily, one thing has not changed – the food carts passing through the corridor once in a…