Dragonair Flight 992
11/15/2016 – 1:00pm
Hong Kong – Beijing
We arrived to the gate as they were boarding. We boarded and had plenty of room for our luggage up top. The flight attendants greeted us with a refreshing and delicious welcome drink. We took off on schedule and were provided a menu for lunch. We each had the scallop appetizer and had different entrees. The food was great. We watched some TV shows and before we knew it were landing. Super nice flight attendants, good food and comfortable seats! Once we landed, we went through immigration which was a little unorganized, as we were applying for the 72 hour visa. For those unfamiliar, several cities in China (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Harbin, Shenyang, Dalian, Xian, Guilin, Kunming, Wuhan, Xiamen, Tianjin, Nanjing, Qingdao, Changsha and Hangzhou) offer a 72 hour visa to those in transit. This means that China is not your final destination. For example we were flying from Hong Kong to China then to Japan. Thus, China is not our final destination. If we were to fly from Hong Kong to China and back to Hong Kong, we would not qualify as China would be our final destination. As a side note, passengers transiting in Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang can stay for up to 144 hours. During the layover, they can move around the three places.
Back to Beijing immigration line. There were no signs, so we went to the wrong line and were told where to go. We went to the other line and an immigration office handed us papers to fill out. We filled out the papers and he took them and our passports somewhere else. After about 10 minutes, he came back and cleared us. Other people had the same difficulties finding which line to be in. Make sure you have all of your flight and hotel itineraries printed out for them to verify. The train to the baggage area was not working, so there was a huge line of people. It took about 45 minutes to get to baggage claim, but at least our bags were ready to go when we got there. Our driver, which we pre-booked, was there waiting for us and took us to our hotel.