How long does it take to get back to Beijing?
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May 14th, 2008 – by: portia
So back on the bus and to a hotel near the airport. The hotel is actually not too bad, probably almost a 3 star one. So I watched some TV about the 5-12 earthquake in China, many schools had collapsed and school children were buried under the rubbles, but some were seen pulled out alive on TV.
About 11:40am, the bus took us back to the airport, and we checked in. The airplane was set to depart about 1:30pm. It eventually departed just before 2pm. I had some random Chinese man sitting next to me, who after ordering one beer, wanted me to order another one for him! I said no, and that he could order it himself. He was able to get a second beer with the meal. Before 5pm, the stewardess announced that we were going to land in Beijing soon, and gave us the usual about sit belts, seat backs, tray tables etc.
A sort of a roar/sighs erupted in the cabin, and people mumbled and talked. I asked the woman next to me how far Shijiazhuang was from Beijing and she said 175km but it's not right. We landed, and the airplane was refueled. We were told to stay on the airplane because we would be departing soon. This time it was our luck that we only waited til 7pm before the plane took off again for Beijing, The announcement said it was 400km to Beijing and it would take 45 minutes. We did eventually land in Beijing about 50 minutes lates, and had to taxi 15 minutes to the far corner of the airport. Then we were bussed to the terminal 3 (about 10 minutes). Luggage was late in showing up, So at about 8:45pm, I was able to leave the airport with my luggage!
From when I left the hotel in Urumqi to getting out of the airport in Beijing, it took almost 13 hours! It was another long day. My brother met me for a late dinner, and I finished the day with some blogging, but I forgot to say that I arrived in Beijing safely.
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