Travels with Elizabeth

Adventures Around the World

Category: Getting To and From

Arrival in Beijing

The time change had us arriving on the next day after we left,  about 2:30 after a 14 hour flight.  When we landed and got our bags, we passed through Beijing Passport Control after a 30-minute wait in line and zipped through Customs at walking speed.   Our Hilton Wangfujing hotel driver was waiting outside Customs with one of what seemed like hundreds of name signs.  It was great to have someone standing there holding up a piece of paper with my name on it.  Continue reading

Getting to China

Leaving Home

Our plan was to take a short flight the first day out of Richmond to Dulles, and then take the very long flight from Dulles to Beijing the next day, both on United.  So on the first day we left home at 11:30am and it poured rain all the way to the airport in Richmond.  We parked the car at the Richmond Homewood Suites where they agreed to keep it for 21 days for free – the room is $124 and we’ll stay there overnight upon our return.    Took the hotel shuttle to the airport (in the rain).  Continue reading