The Parents- Days 1 and 2
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Tuesday, April 15th- I found that a 16RMB ticket from the Airport Shuttle booth near Jianwai Soho was a much better deal than a taxi to the airport. I'd left some time, not knowing exactly when the bus would come and how long the trip would take. My parents flight was scheduled to arrive at 1:45pm, and the shuttle ended up leaving at 12:30...cutting it close, or at least I thought so. I arrived at the terminal at around 1:10, and so had time to find the arrivals area (I did have to ask) and then some Starbucks!! The flight actually landed 5 minutes early, and then I just had to wait with my precious sign (just in case my parents forgot what I looked like, plus it was a joke back to Prague). They eventually emerged from the gate, and there were hugs and smiles all around.
The next day was packed enough. We took the subway to Tiananmen East, where we got off for the Square and the Forbidden City. I'd been to the Square before, but the City was new for me too. Although we got approached on our way to the City's gate, it was nothing like when I was there alone back in September.
Although there were a lot of people there, there weren't as many as I thought. It wasn't nearly as crazy as I was afraid there would be. There's A LOT to see, as there are gates to walk through, side areas to see and a nice garden. What made it better was the lack of mobs, the nice weather and great company. We took our time, saw what we wanted, took lots of photos and spent a leisurely day just wandering around.
From the City, we headed back to the subway to go to Wangfujing. After going to the Ole supermarket, we sat down by Starbucks for a while and just relaxed.
Inside, we were immediately welcomed and shown to the elevator. After walking by some ducks in the kitchen, we were shown into this huge dining area and seated. From there, the service was friendly and attentive (maybe a little rushed). The duck was excellent! We knew this was a touristy place to begin with, and seeing a few dozen people from Pfizer didn't change that at all.
We were going to take a taxi home, but it was difficult. First we couldn't get any to stop for us, then the one that did wanted 20RMB up front!! Needless to say, we got out of that taxi and ended up taking the subway home. There, it was another relaxing night in as we rested up for the next day.