from Singapore, Singapore
Submitted on 29-09-2016
was in Shanghai for a month in Jun on business and decided to take a quick trip to Nanjing on the weekend. I booked myself at Hilton Nanjing, near Wanda shopping centre, it is about 3 min to the metro station (I forget the name). This Hilton did not disappoint me, the hotel staff were very efficient and friendly, the lobby was beautiful and very spacious and the bed is comfortable. If you have read my reviews, you will notice that I am a Hilton fan. As this is one of the rare chains which consis...
was in Shanghai for a month in Jun on business and decided to take a quick trip to Nanjing on the weekend. I booked myself at Hilton Nanjing, near Wanda shopping centre, it is about 3 min to the metro station (I forget the name). This Hilton did not disappoint me, the hotel staff were very efficient and friendly, the lobby was beautiful and very spacious and the bed is comfortable. If you have read my reviews, you will notice that I am a Hilton fan. As this is one of the rare chains which consistently gives its status members an upgrade, if available and free access to the lounge. It is also next to the Wanda shopping complex, no worries with food, lots of restaurants and coffee houses around. This hotel is also within walking distance of several historic sites, if you do not mind walking, for e.g. the Nanjing Massacre Memorial site. Or you could choose to take the metro which is right in front of the Memorial site.
In my opinion, Nanjing is a very easy city to visit, as the modes of transport is good. Being a historic city, there are many places to visit. The Sun Yat Sen Memorial and Qing Dynasty tomb and a few other place are congregated in a hilly area but one can access these areas with a tram at the foot of the hill. It only cost RBM2, if I remember correctly, however, if you stayed after closing hours, around 6pm, the tram service is closed and it is quite hard to get a taxi, the taxis drive up after 6pm and will charge higher for desperate tourists. It would be a bit far to walk, and difficult to walk unless one knew the way.
I took a taxi and the driver was very friendly, when I reached the Hilton, I asked the concierge about the fare and was told that I was probably cheated as it was double the price, the advise I was given is to always ask for a receipt, so that a formal complaint can be made.
Another tip is never travel by train on a Sunday evening (because many will go back to the city after going back to their home for the weekend), if you do so, make sure you pre-book it. As I was unsure of my departure time, I did not pre-book, when I arrived at the train station at 2.45pm, thinking I could get a train 3-3.30pm, the queue was so long, it nearly stretched to the entrance. There were 4 queues. As I was not fluent in Mandarin, I tried to ask the people around me which queue should I join but no one spoke English and just ignored my question. So I decided I will not queue and tried my luck at the automated machine, thinking I can use my credit card. A good samaritan tried to help but we soon discovered that the machines are only for citizens, i.e. you need a Chinese id to buy a ticket. Also, in China, the common credit cards like Visa, Master and Amex are not commonly accepted as they have their own credit companies/brands like Union Pay. In the end someone who spoke English told me to go to one of the queues, I finally got my ticket at nearly 5pm for a 6.30pm train, by the time I got to Shanghai it was after 8pm. When I was in the queue I was looking at the train websites, some of them are pretty good and shows you how many seats there are left on which train which helped me buy the ticket by showing the screen on the phone. It is easy to google for it as we are not allowed to publish the website here. Some tickets are for standing, you want to avoid those. I bought a first class ticket but they are not too expensive and it was very comfortable with very spacious seats in a separate cabin. Aside from my bad planning, I think Nanjing is a great place to visit.