This trip is a packaged tour offered by Viking Cruise Lines and is to start on Saturday when most of the passengers will arrive. Since most of the people arriving will come in at various times of the day there are no activities scheduled for this day. We decided to book our own air arrangements and arrive a day early. Since our arrival was late in the evening we simply booked a room at the Sino-Swiss Airport Hotel. They offer a shuttle making things easier for us.
By the time we cleared Immigration and Customs and got to the hotel it was around 10 p.m. and that was a perfect time to jump into bed and get adjusted to the new time zone that is exactly 12 hours different from what we are used to.
In the morning we will find our way into Beijing and register at our assigned hotel for the tour.
We are a retired American couple in our early 70's who enjoy traveling the world and seeing new and exciting cultures. We have visited all 7 continents and about 75 countries. We live in Maryland during the summer and Florida (snowbirds!) during the winter. Unfortunately, due to a heart attack on Christmas morning of 2007 our desires to be locked into a long aluminum tube for hours on end has waned. It looks like our days of international travel have come to an end. We are so happy that we had the opportunity to see so much when we were able. Now we will sit back and enjoy the blogs of o... full info