Tale of Two Cities

My flight from Nanchang relatively uneventful except for the occasional turbulence, during which the flight attendant gave instructions for the passengers to stay in their seats and “in the event you should feel motion sick, please use the motion sickness bag in the pocket in front of your seat”. I thought that was funny – like you needed to be told what to do…...

The flight started at 18:00 and lasted two hours – just in time for a glorious sunset. I normally don’t take pictures from the plane, but clouds and the sun painted a scene just too wonderful to pass up:

For my two days in Beijing, XiaoHua has arranged for a personal tour guide who will transfer me to the hotel and provide sightseeing over the next two days before I fly back to the US. I meet my tour guide at the airport – a young Chinese man (he looks to be in his early twenties but is probably older). He reminds me of Simon, who I used to work with at GE – a natural talker and seller. His Chinese name is TianLi, but tells me to call him Tony. A big bonus is that his English is excellent (but I do tell him to speak with me in Chinese).

The ride into Beijing is a smooth 45 minutes, and not even close to some of the harrowing rides experienced in Nanchang. In fact Beijing seems to be the exact opposite of Nanchang – everything glistens with newness and a gleaming clean in Beijing, compared to the rough grittiness of Nanchang. The temperature, although warm, is no where near the sauna-like humidity of Nanchang.

My hotel, the Grand Hyatt Beijing, sits in the center of the elegant Oriental Plaza and is two blocks from the Forbidden City and TianAnMen Square. I can see the front fountain from my room.

So, it will be the Forbidden City in the morning and then the Great Wall in the afternoon……ciao!

T Burrows –   – (July 21, 2006 at 6:26 PM)  

Hello there! Thank goodness you sent me your blog url. I asked Mom and Dad for it, but as you can guess, they had a little trouble...

I've enjoyed reading your adventures, and had a good laugh on the cleanliness dichotomy; it completely reminds me of our Sunday jaunts into Chinatown in Boston. Yuck.

Have fun sightseeing and have a safe trip home. We won't be seeing you in Boston when you go to visit. Instead, we were thinking of driving out your way the 3rd week of August, if our schedules align.

Love ya!
T, R, Z, M

shirley  – (July 22, 2006 at 10:15 AM)  

Great to hear from you!! You know, M&D get an automatic feed from my blog, I think.....

I am trying to get today's adventure blogged - hopefully it won't take too long from now, and tomorrow I head home - I'll call you when I get back!


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