Arrival at Beijing, China

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The Olympic poster.
Finally, we were in Beijing, China. We arrived there at 20.10 local time. At the time we travelled, China will hold a big venue: an Olympic games in August 2008. We were too ahead from that schedule, unfortunately..

Beijing international airport was not special in my opinion. Just modest. I don't know about the expanded areas which will turn out this airport into the biggest one in the world in terms of size. Yeaah....all was built for the same purpose: to empowering the Olympic games.

A man was already there, waiting for us. He could not speak English.
Take pictures after going to the toilet :)
All he could say just: "Stay here...stay here" So, we just stayed at the spot where he asked us to stay. I tried to exchange my Yuan (RMB) since I have them in hundreds and he seemed understand what my intention was. So, he pointed at a cafe in the arrival hall and he did the sign that I could buy something to get smaller money there.

Beijing at that time was pretty cold. When we went out of the airport building, the icy breeze blew on our face and our body. It was around 9 degree Celcius and this was the first time for my family, my parents, and my parent in law in experiencing a cold weather situation. I used to have this kind of cold weather when I lived in Germany but I already forgot that it really bit my bones and it hurt my nose.

After a while, the man who was our driver came to where we stood. He drove a SUV that had 12 seaters so it gave enough space for our luggages. We praised the Lord when we finally entered the vehicle and sat down under the warm temperature inside.

The man drove us to our hotel, Beijing Shatan hotel in downtown. The hotel's name gave a bit uncomfortable feeling when we read it or say it because in our language Shatan sounds similar with "Setan" or in English = satan, evil. There must be a very good explanation for the Beijing people why they put the name of Shatan as the name of the road where the hotel was located.

We quickly made our check-in and guided to our room. Soon, we went to sleep that night.

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The Olympic poster.
The Olympic poster.
Take pictures after going to the t…
Take pictures after going to the …
Pretty busy at the baggage claim
Pretty busy at the baggage claim
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Raka was tired but he was such a …
It was chill outside of Beijing Ai…
It was chill outside of Beijing A…
Beijing Hotels & Accommodations review
What a great place to stay!
I stayed in Beijing Shatan Hotel for 5 days 4 nights on March 21-25, 2008. I booked 2 standard rooms, double bed, no window, each only costs me 398 yu… read entire review
photo by: Eric