Our luggage cart was piled so high and we put Lily on top of it, told her to hang on and ran. Thankfully from her vantage point she could see where we were going and was able to spot the gate number before us. The airport was packed. Once we arrived at the gate no one was there, at all. We decided to walk through as it was our only chance of getting on the flight, or getting thrown in jail. Someone met us and ran us to the train. Now we had to take a train. Oh well we made it.
There were loads of soldiers on the train and an old lady (clothing police) who chastised me for the fact that in the frigid temperatures Lily was not wearing a jacket. (she had just taken it off because due to all the excitement and running she was sweating.) As we were riding the train a 5 star general from the red army, who was flanked by his inferiors, summoned Lily to sit on his lap. It really really bothered me. Bizarre thoughts ran through my head, what if he is Chester Chester child molester, what is he decides to keep her, all these stupid thoughts. Obviously nothing happened and we made it on the connecting flight to Beijing.
Finally the last leg of that journey. We landed in Beijing just minutes before Andie arrived from England. Our guide, Jade, swooped us into a bus and then just as her and I were about to go look for Andie, she appeared. And with that Lily fell fast asleep and we made our way to the Novatel Peace Hotel.
We layed low for a couple of hours and then decided to head out and find some dinner. We lasted about 20 minutes in the cold cold temperatures and headed back o the room to order room service. 2008 had the coldest winter in over 100 yrs and we were lucky enough to be there then. We would see snow for sure.
|Zonked. It must have been a long couple of days her socks were black and she had a complete costume change in Paris,|
|We had only been there a couple of hours and already the locals were showing up for photos with the weird looking people.|
|Beijing was brightly decorated for not only Chinese New year but also the upcoming Olympics. Such a great time to travel.|