There are just a couple days left until we take off for China, and I’m currently in the middle of trying to figure out how to book a bullet train online and what the hell a VPN is and does. Luckily, the visa issue is finally out of the way; turns out, if you’re a journalist, the scrutiny is a little bit tougher, but after a short delay and an extra trip back to the visa office with some signed pledges that we wouldn’t be covering anything during our stay, everything came through just fine.
After doing a lot of research and taking a lot of recommendations this week, I’m pretty excited to check stuff out (and not even dreading the food situation anymore). Tea-tasting tours, peddle boating on pretty lakes, acrobatics shows and craft breweries are all on my list of things to do in addition to making the obligatory tourist stops.
Still, though, I think out of everything, I’m most excited for the direct flight. Get on a plane in DC, walk off 13 hours later in Beijing. What’s cooler than that?
(Except for maybe a 5-hour high-speed train. I’ll get back to you on that if these sites ever let me complete our reservation…)