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The Beijing to Chengdu Journey (Day 1)

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Sparky's advice in my hotel's bathroom.
6:00 am.  That is a horrible, no- better yet- absolutely terrible time to get up in the morning.  Nevermind I was allowing myself plenty of time to get from the apartment to Beijing's airport (which is out in the middle of east ...).  But I braved the subway, taking my cozy Line 10 to SanYuanQiao and then switching to the even cozier (better be for 25 yuan) Airport Express.  I got off at Terminal 3.  Saw no signs of Burger King, did see a Kenny Roger's Roasters.  I felt so ripped off.  After a few panicky moments of not finding my flight on the terminal's TV boards, I finally saw it and went to the counter.  Fact- new American passports don't work with old Chinese passport readers.  There went my hope of self-check in.
Chairman Mao across from Tianfu Square
   Went to the desk, checked in, checked my backpack (the whole liquids rule, I decided I couldn't live without my lotions), headed to the gate. 

Security was a whole new wonder.  My flight had its own security area (later found out this is because the flight to Chengdu is a stopover for people heading to Lhasa), where I waited patiently.  Until it was my turn...   I gave the woman my passport and boarding pass, she looked at it, stamped it, I went through.  But before I could go through security, I got called back.  Another woman, who had my passport and boarding pass, kept asking about a box.  And my response was almost "What f*$^#!$& box are you talking about?"  But another woman stepped in and saved me from getting all "I got up too early with no breakfast and no coffee to deal with this BS" ticked off.
Chairman Mao across from Tianfu Square
   Managed to get through security this time.

Oh, except for the frisking part.  Whoa, was she ever getting friendly.  And she hadn't even taken me out to dinner.  How rude. 

Got my bags searched, not surprisingly.  But soon enough I was on my merry way to my gate.  Glad I brought a word search book with me.  And my MP3 player.

The flight was good enough, got Sprite, got food, slept.  It was only 2.5 hours, so it went by pretty quick.  Chengdu airport wasn't a problem, got my backpack quickly and found a taxi that brought me to my hotel.

Oh, did I ever wish I splurged on the Sofitel.  But that was $137 a night, and I didn't want to spend quite that much.  So for about 500 yuan, I got two nights at the City Hotel.
Chairman Mao from Tianfu Square
   The bathroom was nice enough, if a bit cramped.  The sign above the toilet was great though- Slip Carefully.  Thanks for the great advice, Sparky.

Later on I found that the sink leaked, the bedsheets were stained, the hot water tasted funny (but that could've been because I'd gotten sick off bad milk at Starbucks), and that the girls at the front desk couldn't be bothered trying to commuicate with me.  So much for in-room internet and an English-speaking person.  I know better than to believe hotel listings on the internet... I really do.

I managed to make myself somewhat useful, walking down the street to Tianfu Square, and back again.  On the way back, I stumbled into a Watson's.  Literally.  There was a lip that I didn't see, and stumbled in as the girl was saying that "Ni hao" following by a bunch of words I don't understand.   After that near-mishap, I went to Starbucks, got a tea... later on, got sick.  Stayed in for the rest of the night.

After all that, I was still excited- the next day was Panda Day!!
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Chairman Mao from Tianfu Square
Chairman Mao from Tianfu Square
Tianfu Square and the Chinese flag
Tianfu Square and the Chinese flag
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