So I literally spent one night in Beijing, as the famous song goes:
On a complete, random, spur of the moment instinct I hopped on the high speed train and took a five hour (no, you did not misread, five hour) train. The first three hours were relaxing, a book in hand and some good tunes on my smartphone, but when I got the 4th hour on the train I was starting to go crazy.
Anyway, I made it to Beijing and it was amazing. Beijing, I love you.