July 13th, 2009 Comments Off on Breakfast

29 hours later. What we didn’t know about our flight to Shanghai was the stop over in Beijing. Unfortunately the weather this time of year in Beijing tends to be filled with electrical storms in the late afternoon. So when we were nearing the end of our first leg and looking forward to stretching our legs the announcement came that we were diverting to Hoahot 45 minutes west of Beijing. Add another movie and some soda crackers to pacify the already weary travelers and we finally arrive in Beijing around 3 hours later only to be marooned in a secure gate somewhere in the sprawling Beijing airport. Sometime around 1:00 am after snoozing restlessly on airport benches we were whisked onto the tarmac in the 75° heat of the early morning and put on our final flight for Shanghai. Hotel arrival approx. 4:00 am & 80°, add a few hours of sleep and we were ready for the breakfast buffet in the Sofitel Shanghai.


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