HK&C: Day 8: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles to Beijing


New digs.

Disclaimer: Today was not a particularly interesting day.

Today was all about getting to Beijing.
First, we headed back to Shenzhen on the MTR.
You might be wondering why we didn’t just fly from Hong Kong, and if so, the reason is that it was 80% less expensive to book tickets from Shenzhen in yuan. 
In Shenzhen, we said our goodbyes to Yuki, who was returning to Zhongshan, and then took a bus to Shenzhen airport for our 1330 China Southern flight to Beijing. 
This flight, too, failed to take off on time. The ticket said boarding would start at 1300, but we didn’t board until 1340. There were no announcements or status changes.
This flight was completely different from my Yongzhou flight, though. Everyone followed the rules. There were no fights. Everyone quietly stayed in their seats. There was even a movie and a chicken dish which wasn’t half bad. It was almost disappointing, given how my last flight showed how entertaining a flight can be!
Dinner: Chicken and Lotus
The flight to Beijing from Shenzhen takes about three hours, and after arriving, we hopped in a cab to our new digs, the Doubletree Beijing, which should give me Gold Status with Hilton. (I admit it, I have a great love of the free upgrade.
All checked in, we wandered out for dinner at a local spot. We taught our waitress some English, specifically how to say all of the things on our table (spoon, bowl, etc), and then we had a nice long walk around our neighborhood and went home. 
Eleven hours of trekking via 2 cabs, 1 train, 1 bus, and 1 plane left us too tired for even a single game of Bust a Move!
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