China Day One
Follow what we are doing in china day by day
After a great family Sunday roast with all the trimmings we drove toward London heading for Heathrow terminal three.
We arrived early to the bustling airport fighting our way through the crowds, we checked in and headed in the direction of security.
Once in-line and being herded just like sheep I made it to the front of the queue I emptied the contents of my pockets took off my belt and placed all my electronics into the trays ready to go through the x-ray machine.
Once through the other side, I was free to refill my pockets with all my belongings and move on through duty-free, and the mist of every perfume and aftershave on the planet. Next, we proceeded to the food court, where we navigated the seating area and found a spare place to park ourselves, and grabbed a quick bite to eat and brew while waiting for the announcement of our gate number.
After a while and a quick browse around some of the shops our gate number was finally called, we were heading to the boarding gate. On the way, we stopped off for another quick cup of coffee but got lost in conversation and then had a phone call to say they were closing the gate, and we had five minutes left to board! So we took off like track runners towards the plane, and after a short sprint, we were greeted by a woman waving her arms in the air like she was our biggest fan and we had just won the race.
Panic over they checked our passports, and we boarded the plane, after settling in and being taken through the usual safety briefings we were off into the night skies, destination Hong Kong then onto Changsha.
After our smooth 11 hour flight, we arrived in Hong Kong, we quickly made our way to the internal metro station and caught the next train to the bus station and made our way to terminal 4 to board the plane to Changsha.
Once aboard the cramped smaller plane, we had a short
internal flight, lasting just over an hour we arrive in good time.
Once again we were headed into a line to go through security and passport checks. After a little wait I stepped up to the counter, and after a short talk with the friendly face behind the counter, he told me to wait and then gestured to a fellow college sat behind him at another desk he started to sing while waiting. After a couple of minutes, a woman with a blank expression approached took my passport and told me to follow her. She led me into a giant padded cell with a CCTV camera in the corner and a 2ft thick steel padded door. I was told sit and wait while being watched over by a guard in impressive full uniform.
After a few more checks and about ten mins of waiting I was released back into the hustle bustle of the airport. I gathered my bags and made my way to arrivals; Friends greeted me after some quick hellos we go into the 4×4 and joined the highway toward Liuyang.
Rather than heading to the hotel to check in, we decided to grab some dinner as it was late in the evening, we said we prefer to eat local food rather than the everyday western food that we can get from home.
After a short journey we arrived in the bright city of Liuyang, we made our way to the Dumpling Bar our friends order for us, and we sat down eager to eat. The waitress came over after a short while with five trays of freshly steamed dumplings, Congee rice porridge, chicken wings and legs, pickled quail eggs, tofu with ginger, spicy beef and beef soup.
The smells and colours of all the food were fantastic, and it tasted even better than it looked. After filling our bellies, we got back in the land cruiser and made our way through the busy streets of Liuyang towards the Yintian Hotel to check in and rest for the night ready for another busy day and the start of our two weeks in China.