Welcome to this, the forth and first of my return trip to Beijing and Xi'an, China! This report takes us from Xi'an back to Beijing with China Eastern. The outbound flights and full itinerary can be found below:
MAN-AMS KL1082 - see here AMS-PEK CZ346 - see here PEK-XIY MU2106 - see here XIY-PEK MU2115 - this report PEK-AMS CZ345 AMS-MAN KL1073
First of all a little tourist bonus. I was lucky enough to have a spare couple of hours after arriving in Xi'an on this business trip to have a quick look around the Terracotta Army site just outside of Xi'an.
It's a very impressive site with hundreds of terracotta warriors on display and still many more to be uncovered and restored.
I also travelled into the centre of Xi'an to have a wonder around the night market, with some great local food specialities including these spicy "cold skin noodles" which despite the name are made from tofu.
Anyway back to the actual report.
It was quite a stressful afternoon all in all. I was due to fly back to PEK for my connection on to AMS at 17:20. but my colleague informed me that he had received a message that our flight had been cancelled (I got no such message from my travel agent or the airline). We had planned to arrive in PEK with plenty of time to change as we had separate bookings for this flight and the long haul flight. We knew we would have to collect our bags and check-in again at PEK and go through security again as well as factor in for possible delays. Now we were panicking that if they couldn't get us onto another flight we would miss our connection and be stranded in China. We tried to get our hotel to call the airline to confirm the cancellation and to get us on the next flight. Unfortunately, the hotel staff didn't seem to understand our request only confirming our flight cancellation. We resigned to the fact that we would have to get to the airport as soon as possible and try to get on the next flight which would still give us chance to meet our connection.
We arrived at the airport by taxi, which took us around an hour from the other side of Xi'an.
The terminal is of the hangar type, with a large open departures area.
We headed to the China Eastern desk, and the were offered the next flight which was scheduled for 18:15. Phew. We dropped off our bags relatively swiftly.
Now we had some time to kill. There were plenty of places to get food and drinks. The staff in some of them tried to get us into their establishment, but when asking for the menu, the prices were ridiculous - way more than prices even in European airports. We therefore ended up in Starbucks where we at least knew we wouldn't get ripped off.
There were also some little pods where you could have a nap!
Having killed an hour or so landside we headed to the security check.
Some rather large queues for the checks.
Airside there were more shops. I bought a few tacky souvenirs of Xi'an from one of the shops selling all sorts of Xi'an/terracotta warrior nik naks.
The departure board showing the cancelled flight to PEK at 17:20
and the new flight at 18:15 from gate H!4
There was a bit of time for some spotting
I love it that they airport staff cycle around, I don't think I've seen this in the UK.
It was soon time to head to the gate.
Our aircraft was approaching
The usual chinese scramble for boarding took place.
We were welcomed onboard and took our seats.
Pretty standard leg room here.
The magazines and safety card were present in the seat pocket.
The safety information was done on the small over head screens and we were ready to go.
In the air the meal service began.
As previously happened I couldn't manage to get to the meal choice option on the China Eastern website so ended up with a normal (meaty) meal, which I gave away to my colleague.
I ate the bread and biscuits though!
The rest of the flight passed without excitment and we arrived in Beijing on time.
Xi'an - XIY
Beijing - PEK
A stressful day of worrying if I would catch my connection due to the cancellation turned out fine in the end. But information from the airline was non existent - they really need to cater for people who don't speak chinese.
The airport is modern and everything worked fine. Just be careful about the cafes and their prices landside!
The actual flight was fine. The meal looked fine, but as I couldn't eat it I marked them down.
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