As we approached Siberia the land
obviously changed, I caught landfall
The below pictures are various areas of Siberia. As I earlier
, it's bleak. Bleak. BLEAK. At least
this part of it.
Here there's a pretty large river, completely frozen.
More similar landscape, a different river.
Further on it's more mountainous but still pretty bleak.
I decided to get some sleep so I was out for a couple of hours, then I
arose over China, about 90 minutes from landing. Plus they
decided to feed us again.
My first view of China - out here it's mostly farmland but there is
industry and the infrastructure is quite built out.
In this river you'll see some darker spots, these are good sized ships
I said they fed us again, we were in first class, which only had 12
seats. Here's what it looked like. They fed us well, and
the seats lay down flat.
On approach to Shanghai Pu Dong airport, the industry is obvious, but
there is still plenty of farm activity.
The airport is expanding rapidly, here's an entire new terminal that
looks about ready for occupancy.
We got through customs just fine, three forms: one medical asking about
any existing health conditions, an entry form for customs, and a
baggage declaration form. Time from exiting the plane to meeting our
driver in the terminal: 1 hour. Any advantage we had in getting
off first class was eliminated by the fact that our baggage was last
off the plane. But at least Shanghai was welcoming:
We had a 2+ hour drive to Hangzhou, a city 200km away and where our
first office visit was. The whole drive was all highways like
we're used to in the U.S. and was mostly built up the whole way.
Blocks of high-rise apartments that looked quite nice:
A sign that was trying to teach us some Chinese? It didn't help.
We arrived about 8pm and I stayed up watching CNN, BBC World News and
American Beauty on a movie channel until about 9. I slept until
about 3, woke up for about a half hour and went back to sleep until
6. I feel pretty adjusted to the time zone. Bob didn't fare
That's it for our arrival. Tomorrow
some activities in Hangzhou.