Apres Midi in Peking
Hello from Peking!
Flight was twenty past midnight, 3/4 full (though it was more than made up for by the shopping of the chinese tourists returning to the Mainland).
Weather was 29 yesterday, but today it's dropped back to 10. Half of Peking is down with the cold. We got picked up at the airport by our chairman, as his wife's down with the cold and so is the driver.
China's fascinating, one sees changes with every trip. Much of the general population could do with a good wash and grooming, but there are a few devastatingly goodlooking specimens here and there.
Oh Lordy I'm in the same room as dad for the next 10 days. I'm going to have to take time off to myself every 2 days or so, otherwise I'll either go mad or strangle him.
I mentioned earlier that Blogspot is blocked in China. It's STILL blocked.
We're staying in Tongzhou Binguan - Tongzhou Hotel (more like a resthouse), a Govt run thing that's slightly dodgy but acceptable. It's cheaper for our guys in Peking to put us up there. The chaps behind the counter have never seen anyone who's not from hongkong, korea or china before, and were amazed at the sturdiness and thickness of singaporean passports. They spent some ten minutes scrutinising our passports - they hadn't realised Singaporeans no longer need visas to go to China.
Food's excellent. Lunch in our hotel restaurant - Eggplants stir fried with beef slices; green soybeans stir fried with mustard greens; potato shreds stirfried with oil and vinegar - lots of rice.
Ah, China. I'm typing this from a terminal in our company's Satellite Hub, in case you were wondering. I just got my business cards today - they say "Edward Yong - International Business Development". HA. That's a good one.
by the way, just because blogspot's blocked and I can't view my blog or comments or tagboard doesn't mean you can all be naughty and put wicked comments there! Oh, if anyone wants anything, send me an email - the address is in the previous post.