Having never flown in Asia before, we had never had the occasion to fly with South China Airlines. After our first experience, I would have to say they exceeded expectations! Upon boarding, we were shown to our very comfortable seats at the front of the plane. There were 3 rows of seats in a 2-2-2 configuration. Within minutes we had hot towels and a choice of beverage to enjoy.
We had two large windows by our seating pod that automatically dimmed as we were flying so when it came time for a sleep they were completely blacked out even though it was bright daylight outside.
Shortly before takeoff the stewardess came by to take our meal orders for the trip. We had several choices for each meal. The first dinner started with hot rolls and butter and a small plate with a thin slice of prosciutto, a large prawn and a small vegetable salad roll. This was followed by my beef tenderloin with slices of baked squash and broccoli. For dessert we had a choice of several cakes or fruit plates all with several choices of wine.
After dinner, we made our seats into our beds and covered
up for a welcome nap as we had been up at 5:00 am this morning. The nap turned into a comfortable 9 hour sleep! The stewardess woke us up for meal number 2......strawberry yogurt, hot rolls, baked chicken breast with mashed potatoes, onions and squash slices. This was followed with a slice of mango cake and a fresh fruit plate with pineapple spears, red grapes, watermelon and melon.....with white wine of course.
After dinner we relaxed and read as we still had 2 hours to Guangzhou but we were thoroughly rested and full. It was interesting looking at the flight map during the trip.
The plane seemed to take an odd path, heading north from Vancouver almost to Alaska then curving northwest eventually crossing Russia and North Korea before heading south over Beijing and eventually onto Guangzhou. Kim must have been asleep when we passed overhead!
As we were landing in Guangzhou it was either very foggy or “smoggy”. There were rows of 4 story high apartments lining the runway and all looked like they had no windows and just looked to be in disrepair. The plane taxied quite a ways, then stopped. We disembarked from the
very front via a stairway and then onto a bus for transport to the airport. It struck me as a bit odd that there were very few people milling about in the airport other than a number of stern looking security chaps. We were directed to the International transfer desk and went through a security check before passing through to the gate area. Once inside, the Airport was quite modern and we found our gate easily. We had only an hour till our next flight was to leave so we stayed with Johnson’s rather than going to the lounge.
We boarded our plane for Denpasar on-time but once settled in, we sat on the tarmac for an hour waiting for clearance from the tower. We were in the air finally with our arrival time pushed back past midnight. We were met at the airport by our driver, Auguust, and within a half hour we were at our hotel and ready for a sleep.
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