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We arrive early in the morning after a long but reasonable overnight flight from China (via HK and Bangkok). Immigration formalities are straightforward - as we expected - but the transfer staff at HK were very stressed and enquired as to our onward plans and seemed to imply that it could be tricky - they should try central asia!
It is strange to finally (after 3 months) leave Asia and arrive somewhere with a completely different culture and feel, but actually quite a refreshing change, though the 30C heat will take us a day or so to adjust. The airport at Amman is 25km from the city but the transfer bus is quick early in the morning, but we do need to negotiate for a taxi to take us into the centre of town.
For the rest of the day we have a look around Amman city. Though there are only a few sights there is plenty for a half day. The Roman ampitheatre is impressive and in such good condition it is still used for performances today. The citadel is on a steep hill overlooking the town and has good views but Amman is a hard place to photograph. At the citadel museum there is a display of two of the "dead sea scrolls". These are some of the oldest written works ever discovered and surprisingly there are no rules preventing you taking photos.