Well, things have gotten off to a rather bumpy start. My flight from San Francisco to Beijing was delayed over two hours, and as a consequence, I missed my connecting flight to Xi’an (the last one of the day).
Upon collecting my luggage, I was told to see the manager at the information counter “upstairs.” After being sent back and forth three times between two different information counters (on floors 2 and 4) of the airport, and once my level of frustration had begun to peak, I was finally able to speak to an Air China manager. When I gave him my boarding pass, he mysteriously ran away, shouting something over his shoulder. Not quite sure what to do, I stayed put, and hoped that he would eventually return. Finally, about fifteen minutes later, he returned with three friends in ties. They, without saying anything, politely escorted me outside to a minibus with a hotel name on the side. Before I knew it, about fifteen other passengers, and their luggage, had joined me in the 12 passenger bus. About twenty minutes later, the bus pulled up at the hotel, from which I am writing this post.
Unfortunately, I don’t have much time to relax, because they are driving me back to the airport at 5:30 AM to catch my new flight. Hopefully, I’ll be able to report on my first day in Xi’an tomorrow.
Hope the flight goes well today. We’re now on opposite ends of the world.
At least they didn’t lose your luggage! Did you have any Asian cuisine yet?
Wishing you all the best on this adventure. I am looking forward to the updates.
That hotel looks familiar…