Trip Start Jun 12, 2005
Trip End Jul 01, 2005

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Friday, June 24, 2005

A brief flight, and we are now settled into another fabulous hotel, now in Beijing. Their hotel star system is really pretty amazing. Government run, you can count on the stars meaning something. While the Dolton was rated (and clearly) 5-star, the Oriental Garden here in Beijing is 4-star. Still pretty nice! I think one of the features of the extra star could be the extent to which the staff speak English, which is not too prevalent here! We are quite a long way from any of the action, but taxis are common and cheap so we're doing just fine.

Sydney had her Embassy medical check on 1st day (Thursday 23 June) and all is good! Expect a visa by next Tuesday, and return home Friday.
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