I’m now sitting and waiting for my connecting flight to Osaka! My experience with Air China is that the price is very competitive. The service level is OK having in mind what you actually pay for. The airplane had tiny seats which I do not appreciate, being a tall foreigner. But looking back at my previous flights to Japan, British Airways and Qatar didn’t offer much more space either.
Now the airport in Beijing is another chapter. The first impression is the smog outside the windows, it’s hard see more then one 1 km away! I’ve just read about the environmental problems of China and comparing it makes Stockholm seem to be clean as whistle. The facilities itself is quite modern and appealing. However the security check was horrible. I got my ticket stamped 5 times! By different persons. I had to stand in line forever and the actual check took about 10 minutes having them looking through my bag, and everything was after all, perfectly in order. Phew!
Anyway I’m now through and has gone to the “lounge” area between the gates, which is quite nice. There is loud classical music in the air and I’m sitting at a “charging point” refilling my computer and phones batteries. Sipping on a grande cappuccino from the airports local Starbucks. I was going to upload this post to facebook but… no! and I tried to google something but… no, The absence of freedom of speech makes it reminded here. And oh did I say there was a lot of Chinese here? Xie xie.
Looking back these last weeks. Time flew way to fast for me to be able to say farewell to friends and foes. Especially hard was saying goodbye to my Cat, I left behind a very special girl. See you soon baby! Ne.