En Route to Beijing
Trip Start Apr 10, 2005
14Trip End May 01, 2005
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We flew back to Hong Kong en route to our second stop, Beijing. This is the only drawback flying with Cathay Pacific
We arrived in Beijing around 8:00pm and after going through customs, visa, and the baggage claim, we were confronted with illegitimate taxi drivers. They followed us around the airport as we exchanged our money and tried to get information on how to get to our hotel. They were definitely invading our personal space, standing within a couple feet of us. It was very unnerving... trying to get them to leave us alone, while at the same time, watching our backpacks. We made our way outside and found the LEGITIMATE taxi line. Thank goodness!!! Can you believe that they even kept hassling us as we were standing in line?
We finally arrived at the Marco Polo Hotel at 10:15pm using the legitimate taxi and paid RMB100 (approximately $13 US). The other taxi drivers were going to charge us anywhere from RMB150-220. It was not a good first impression of Beijing.