After final packing and breakfast once again in the Lounge (my last croissants), we departed the hotel uneventfully. The hotel bill was HK $83 for DH’s one beer around the pool, plus HK $3,500 for the hotel itself. No traffic this morning and the taxi sped right along. Got to the airport in about 40 minutes – it IS a long way to the airport. Can’t imagine what you’d be facing if there were heavy traffic – it would take you hours.
We got all checked in and went to the very nice, but very crowded, United Lounge. We could have had a complete breakfast there – there was a huge spread.
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
I’m going to start our travel journey with a trip we took shortly after we retired. I had always been enchanted by the mystique of China. The Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Yangtze River – all beckoned me to explore this fascinating country. I also wondered whether Chinese food in China was any different than Chinese food in the good ol’ USA; whether silk clothing and embroidery was any finer than that we can acquire in the West; whether the pollution was as bad as we have heard; and whether the Chinese people are happy or seem oppressed. Continue reading