A Greeting from China

Well, I’m in China with Internet connection, and indeed, it’s been rather difficult to get past the Great Firewall—my first two attempts to access Facebook failed. Anyways, here is my travel log of my trip so far, which has been fairly sleepless:

  • Thursday, June 24: Day before the trip. Wake up at 11 am. Sleep at 2 am the next morning. (I actually went to bed at about midnight, but had severe trouble falling asleep. This would foreshadow the next couple days.)
  • Friday, June 25: First day of trip. Wake up after a one-hour sleep at 3 am. Leave for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport at 4 am. Austin–Chicago flight from 6 am to 8:15 am. Now here’s the unexpected part: a sudden NINE hour delay on the Chicago–Beijing leg, which will now leave at 8:30 pm instead of 11:25 am. So we spend over twelve hours at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport, where I start suffering from sleep deprivation, to which, being a Westwood student, I thought I was immune. By noon I have gone for 25 hours straight with only one hour of sleep. The book I was reading at O’Hare was Oscar Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray, which didn’t help my mental condition at all—it’s an extraordinarily book of wit and art, but those two are not quite appropriate for the sleep deprived. And imagining Dorian Gray’s madness didn’t help me calm my own. I had at least two hallucinations: one time I repeatedly saw someone in the right corner of my eye, only to find no one there. At 8:30 pm, we finally head off to Beijing.
  • Saturday, June 26: Once on the airplane, I felt much better, and watched five 2010 movies: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, How to Train Your Dragon, Edge of Darkness, Leap Year, and Bounty Hunter, which I rated 4/10, 9/10, 3/10, 5/10, and 2/10 respectively. I shall probably not write full reviews on these. We arrive at Beijing at 11 pm local time, or 10 am Austin/Chicago time. The airport is incredibly modern, and my uncle, who picked us up, explained that all the renovation was done for the 2008 Olympics.
  • Sunday, June 27: We arrive at my cousin’s place in Beijing. At about 1 am local time, I go to sleep. That’s after 49 straight hours with three hours of sleep including a few naps on the plane. Wake up at 9 am, which is considered super-late in China. A few hours later, write this post, and blog it.

(Remember, the previous two articles on this blog, the reviews of Splice and Toy Story 3, were both scheduled posts written back in Austin.)

5 thoughts on “A Greeting from China”

  1. You are going to want to go the Expo. Fight the urge. If you can’t, go to the large multinational pavilions and countries that you know little about. The bigger countries aren’t impressive enough to sit through five hours of waiting in line. You see everything in about 20mins. Except for the Chinese one. That one is legit.

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