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…. an engineer, singer and photographer living in Scotland

China 2012 – Last sights of Beijing and the journey home – 23/24 June 2012

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The flight home departed Beijing in the early hours of Sunday morning. Waking up on Saturday morning, there was the sight of formation grass cutting on the parkland outside my hotel window.

Formation grass cutting near Beijing Airport

Formation grass cutting near Beijing Airport

After a late check out from my room I spent some time in the Club L lounge in the Langham Place hotel. Among the facilities was a games room, which proved yet again that my skills with a cue where non-existent.

Games room at Club L

Games room at Club L

Aquarium fish in the Club L lounge

Aquarium fish in the Club L lounge

The Club L lounge also provided a light evening snacks, which was just what was need prior to the long flight home. Whilst leaving the hotel there was a torrential downpour and thunderstorm.

Progress through the airport was mixed. Check-in was speedy and efficient, as was the transit to the international departure gates. However then it all slowed down. Chinese immigration to leave China took nearly an hour to clear. The late hour meant that most of the facilities at the international departure gates were closed with those still open,in the process of closing. As with arrival in Beijing, departure was via a remote stand requiring a bus transfer to the aircraft. Two hours after checking in, during boarding the plane the high temperature and recent heavy rain meant that there was a lot of mist rising from the taxiways and runway.

Mist rising from the taxiway following heavy rain at Beijing.

Mist rising from the taxiway following heavy rain at Beijing.

Eleven hours or so later arrival at Gatwick Airport was in typical UK weather – it was raining.

Rain at Gatwick

Rain at Gatwick

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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