First night in Beiljing
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I had really looked forward to this my first trip to this side of the world. I had bought the tickets 4 month earlier on pure impulse. I remember that it was close to midnight when I called my friend Jacob and woke him up and asked if was ready for a trip to China in March. He was sleeping but said yes straight away, so I booked. I was truly pleased that he was fresh to join me but I would have gone alone if he was not ready for it; I wanted to see the Great Wall.
We arrived in Beijing after a long night in the plane. It was a night where I as usual couldn't sleep, because I have never been able to sleep in a plane. I had sleeping people all around me; I was sitting next to the window and I remember looking at the white cold landscape when we flew over Siberia.
When we landed I was tired, really tired; I had worked all day and had rushed to the airport. I had the window seat so I couldn't get out and walk or do something; my friend is an excellent sleeper - and on top of that it's cold to sit along the window. The guy behind me was also a good sleeper because he had fallen asleep with the light on and it was directly in my face.
I never forget when we left the plane and walked to the wall of visa controllers taking a look at all the people’s passports. The check went surprisingly fast which was a treat for my tired mind.
When we arrived outside, we took a taxi straight to the hotel in the city centre; I had booked a 5 star hotel in very good time and at a very fair price on the internet.
When we woke up 8 pm local time, we were looking forward to see what was happening in this big city. As soon as we left the hotel we were met with everything; the light, the scent, and nothing of this let us down. We had expected that it would be colder but it seemed like we been very lucky with the weather; it was around 8 degrees Celsius on this the first evening in China.
We walked down the main street were the hotel was and it was pretty quiet; it turned out that they blocked the street for cars in the evening so we felt that we had the whole world for ourselves. We found an ATM just to have some cash if we saw something interesting and we had to find something to eat as well.
While we walked we were utterly amazed about all the neon light in the streets or on the houses.
We decided to walk back towards the hotel and try to find a restaurant on the way. Being the first night we wanted to have something good to eat. We walked by loads of places and finally decided to enter one not so far from the hotel.
When we entered they had a display of some of the dishes in the hall and so far we were convinced that it would be a good place. They gave us a large table that could fit at least 6 or 8 persons and we stated to look at the menu; luckily there was an English translation. We ended up having a fantastic diner at a very fair price, and it was some of the best vegetables I had ever tasted.
One thing that we needed some time to adjust to was that we were given a young beautiful woman to serve us. She hardly left the table and every time we took a taste of something she filled up our glasses, it was almost too much.
After two hours we were finished and quite happy with what we had; it was time to go back to the hotel and go to bed in order to get in to the local time.