The much anticipated moment has arrived. It had been almost two months since I saw Ben and now I am visiting him in Beijing.
It was time to go to the airport. The flights to Asia are mostly red eye flights. I am not sure why it is almost always red eye flights. Anyone knows why?
My flight departed at 2:50 AM. So, I had to be in the airport before midnight. I took a cab from home to the airport. Although the distance is just about 10 km, the trip costs $30, including tips. Anyway, just remember this $30. I went to the airport early just to make sure I did not miss anything and in case I need to rush home to get anything. Every thing did go smoothly!.
There were two meals on the direct flight to Beijing on Air China. The first meal is a breakfast. I opted for western breakfast which the main item is an omelet. The other option was Chinese and it’s main item was porridge. The meal was ok.
The second meal I had was beef with noodles. I did not finish the food because Ben reminded me to save some room for Beijing breakfast. Yeah, he was telling me all of the places that he wanted to bring me to eat. I was excited to say the least.
I arrived very early at 5:30 AM. The airport was not busy at that time. It was the first time …I went to Beijing and frankly, it was also the first time I travelled so far on my own. Not fully familiar with what I need to do, I just followed the people and went through immigration smoothly and went to pick up my luggage. Waiting for the luggage was quite long. After all, the Beijing airport is one of the largest and busiest airport in the world.
I was so excited to see Ben after almost two months since he left home for his assignment in Beijing. The above were some of the pictures from the Beijing airport. We took a cab back to Ben’s suite to put down the luggage and set off immediately for breakfast. I wanted to get out to get as much of sun as I can so that I can overcome the jet lag as soon as possible.
Remember my cab fare for 10 km in Richmond was $30? Well, the cab from Beijing airport to Wangfujing was about 30kms and it costs RMB 87 (about $15). It’s 3 times the distance and costs half the price. Things are a lot more cheaper in Beijing than in Vancouver for sure.
I like bread and pastries. So Ben brought me to one of his favourite bakeries. There are a lot of bakeries in Beijing that it is impossible for me to try them all! I got a Peanut Butter bun from Ben’s favourite bakery, the BreadTalk which is actually a Singaporean bakery.
This is not really cheap according to Beijing standard. It was RMB 7 which is about slightly more than $1.
This was my first taste of Beijing street food. These carts are opened for business in the morning for the morning crowd.
It’s a kind of fried bread sandwich. You can have it plain or with meat. The above with meat was just RMB4 (about 65 cents). It was served in a plastic bag and your hand will get greasy eating it. Always bring your own napkins everywhere you go.
While looking for a place where to wash my hands, I actually went to a public toilet. It was a huge mistake. There are no stalls in the toilet and people just do their business like that. It”s beyond my wildest imagination. I don’t even see a basin to wash hands. I got out as fast as I got in. Never again, I will go into a public toilet there.
We ended up at Yonghe King for more breakfast items and to use the washroom there.
We had freshly made soy milk, porridge, youtiao and another jian bing. All the above for RMB18 (about $3).
Before we headed back to the hotel for a rest, we stopped at another snack place and had the above snack. I’m not sure exactly what it was. It was some kind of vegetarian snack which shaped like fried fish.
It had been a very long day for me and I just need some sleep before we ventured out for dinner.