Getting to the City
Free transport to the airport from Ibis Hotel is schedule every hour but you need to book it 2 hours earlier. We started our trip at 7am and had a simple McDonalds breakfast. We exchange a few bucks since we need to pay at the second hotel in the city.
In Terminal 2, the elevator going to basement is not working so we took escalators (they have energy saving escalators since it will not run if nobody is using it, so be careful n approaching the steps).
Single journey in Airport Express costs 25yuan. It will be 43 minute travel until the last station Dongzhimen. Then we bought Yikatong at 20yuan for the card and 30yuan as starting deposit. This will be our card for the rest of the city tours.
Transferring at Dongzhimen and Chaoyangmen stations are too difficult during rush hours (8-10am) since there is a heavy people traffic flow. I must say that they are not much helpful on carrying heavy loads (I must commend how I appreciate Unni's help back in Korea) and they don’t care at all because they will go to your way and it is still you who will need to move out even if you are the more carrying heavy bags.
Misadventures on First Day
(1) Packing my long travel partner jacket and discovering that it is already withering off when I arrived at the hotel. I woke up with all the powder-like blue leather spread into my white soft beddings.
(2) In getting off at Chaoyangmen trains, we might have been parted ways because she was not able to immediately exit, because people rushed to get inside tbe train. I pulled the luggage in one hand and i tried to pulled her. Good thing that we made it.
(3) While walking on Xidan station, suddenly it felt like something is wrong while I was walking down the stairs towards the platform. "Hey, bru look!" So mixed emotions that we were laughing out loud because the sole of my boots just partly separated from the shoes. "What?! We just top the card for the entrance, and again swiping to exit." My sibling is holding me while walking, until I said I can't walk anymore, in my next step, almost three-fourths of it is separated! And we are still laughing! I pull it off and handed it to her. We are heading to the market with one-heeled boots on the left and super flat boots on the right. "I cold feet," for real. It's a total embarrassment while getting a new boots because the assistant is seeing me having broken shoes.
|With a new pair, I had to bid goodbye to my knee high boots.|