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Beijing: entrance to the forbidden city

Good people, well, here I am writing you my first article from China, when I have barely set foot in the street, and not even one in daylight. So little to tell you about Beijing yet.

However, and to have something to say to Viajablog readers, we decided that it was better to make the trip here more interesting and miss a flight due to an unexpected delay of our first plane that covered the route from Dublin to London. Thanks Aer Lingus. No wonder Ryanair triumphs so clearly in the pulse of Irish island airlines.

Aer Lingus left us in Heathrow without enough time to take the flight that should take us directly to Beijing, so we had to go to the British Airways counter to see what they could do for us.

We should have left at 4.30 in the afternoon to Beijing, and they exchanged our ticket for one at 9 to Hong Kong with a connection - in which we only had an hour and a half - with Dragon Air to Beijing.

After a flight of almost 12 hours we arrived at the Hong Kong airport 40 minutes late, but thankfully the British staff had already given notice to the Hong Kong ground staff and there was a Dragon Air manager waiting to take us as a Cyclone at the boarding gate of the flight to Beijing.

We managed to make the transfer just in time, but our bags - as we expected - could not keep up. Maybe it was because they had no wheels or lack of training pace. We had to have put them to run Rocky type, training in the snow of the mountains and shouting "Adriannnnnnnnnnn" when they reached the top.

So here we are, in the hostel for 4.5 euros a night We found in Beijing and waiting for the luggage to arrive today.

On the positive side tell you that the Dragon Air is a Chinese airline of the best I've seen in terms of service, dinner and so on. They treated us great.

As soon as we arrived at the Beijing airport, they could also inform us immediately about our bags and now to see if they arrive because here it makes an impressive scratch. Yesterday with 5 degrees below zero on arrival and now it seems that we have Sun and we will go on our first walk through the city.

The hostel is nothing from the other world but the staff is nice and we have met Janas, a Latvian who works here, and Matt, a Yankee who has been teaching English for a few months in a city south of Beijing. Very young the kids, who gave us several tips about the city and places to see in China.

Well, take a quick shower and we'll tell you later.

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