Day 1 and 2 (May 11 - 12) was spent traveling from San Antonio to Beijing. We took flights from San Antonio to Houston, Houston to San Francisco, and San Francisco to Beijing. We left at about 3 a.m. in San Antonio and arrived in Beijing at 6 p.m. We had a pleasant trip for the most part. There was a flight we almost missed connecting from Houston to San Francisco but we made it!
After we arrived at the Beijing airport, we went through customs and met with the rest of our tour group and the tour guide. It is a group of 14 and we will be with them for the next 10 days. We have met all but one who arrived in Beijing early.
The tour guide took us to our hotel (Hua Bin International Hotel) via a tour bus. When we got there I was very impressed. The hotel is beautiful. I was a little concerned because it is listed as a four star hotel. However, this hotel is nicer than man four star hotels in the U.S.