As mentioned on the previous post, I had set my watch to Beijing time (06:08 Hrs.) and fell asleep. Beccy had a bit of a sporadic sleep due to the woman in the chair behind constantly punching her seat. She got up for a wander and was greeted by 6 Chinese people practising Karate! She went back to her seat and went back to sleep. The activity looking after the Hong Kong news broadcaster Liu Hairuo who was in a coma behind us was intense and I really had to admire the medical team who were looking after her. They were fantastic. She had a curtain around her, and they were very discreet in what they were doing.
We arrived in Beijing at about 2.30pm Beijing time. As we left the plane, there were hoards of press waiting for Liu Hairuo to get off the plane. As I left her, I felt a very strong sense of embarrassment being British. I thought again about writing to Tony Blair about this appalling tragedy. I never did.
Above: Beccy beside a huge vase in the bar at our hotel in Beijing holding a Chinese beer.
Above: Round Tablers from all over the UK gather in the bar for a "beer or two"!
Above: Some of the amazing architecture in the streets of Beijing.
Above: In a traditional Chinese restaurant, during which more beer was consumed for the incredible price of 45 pence for a 1 litre bottle! Even for 2002 prices that was cheap.
Above: The people of Beijing watch their national team being beaten 4:0 by Brazil.