The day finally came and I made it to China! We left MSP at 610 and headed to ORD. Our flight from ORD left at around 9 930 I can't remember but that is allowed after a 13 hour flight. One thing I noticed right away was how much bigger the 777 is than most planes I have flew on. Sitting down in your seat you dont feel as cramped since you can barely even touch the ceiling inside the thing. It was also welcoming that the Chinese people around us (mostly students on the way home for the summer) all introduced themselves and most of us in the group became good with the person next to us.
The flight wasn't to bad for the first six hours, then my butt started to hurt and I wanted to get out of there. That was prob the only problem I had and other had as well is that the seats weren't that comfortable. I finally put the pillow and blanket what they gave us for the flight under me for some extra cushion that helped a little bit until I was listening to music on our personal tvs and Samantha decided to click the flight map on my tv, lets just say my tv didnt work for the rest of the flight so it was back to trying to sleep ... NO dad I did not sleep most of the flight.
One thing that really surprised me was the amount of service and food and drinks we received on the flight. We had three meals and at least six opportunities for the drink cart not to mention they left water in the front of our section that we could get ourselves when we got up to walk around or go to the bathroom. Overall the flight went by pretty fast once you got over your butt killing you and we were landed in Beijing!
Getting through immigration took maybe 5 minutes and we didnt even need to stop at customs, waiting for our bags at the baggage claim is what took the longest. I swear all of our bags were put on that plain first :)
After getting our bags we headed out and saw Dahui and Lina (our tour guide in Beijing) they brought us to our bus and we were of to our hotel which is 45 minutes from the airport, Lina said during they day it would take 2 hours with all the traffic in Beijing. Haha the first thing you notice is how crazy the drivers are here Im going to need to take a video to show you people back home how wild they are.
Im starting to get tired of writing but Ill try and talk about our hotel quick. When you get into your hotel room there is a slot on the wall to put a room card in. You need to have a room card in if you want to use the power in the room. No key in = no power to the room. I think this is a great idea to save energy since how often do you just leave lights on in your hotel room when you leave. Another thing that I really like is that between me and Reigns beds are light switches for every light in the room so you can turn them on and off from your bed!
After getting settled in to our rooms we went across the street to a hole in the wall market and Dahui bought us all a huge thing of water and then we all bought big bottles of beer for 5 yuen. Which is less than 1 dollar US. 1 US=6.3 yuen. We just toasted to china and celebrated a girl on the trips 21 birthday and then headed to bed. Tomorrow is breakfast and the Forbidden city. My China adventure has started.
The Doedenaters first day in Beijing
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