We arrived by train today. We arrived at 2pm, but couldn’t find our lift. It turend out they were waiting outside the station but it was a bit frought finding them. Beijing traffic is almost as bad as Moscow, our driver twice drove in cycle lanes, and it seemed ages to drive what looked on the map as a journey of a few blocks.

The room is superb. They hadn’t quite got our booking correct, and maybe because of this, or because we mentioned we were on our honeymoon we were bumped up to a suite. Our fellow travellers’ guide book describes the west wing of the hotel as “tired”- well we’re perfectly happy, it’s more lucurious than anything we’ve stayed in before.

Now off for a walk to explore the area and get some food. The Forbidden City is a short distance away, and beyond that Tianamen Sqaure.

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