Today’s main challenge was getting on the fast train to Beijing. We lined up 10 minutes before the gates were open for checking tickets, but even so, by the time we got to our platform there was a huge queue to get on our carriage. Tentatively we waited for the train to arrive and then it was GO GO GO! We made it on with 30 seconds to spare and then had a leisurely 5 hours to enjoy the ride. First impressions of Beijing are very positive; everyone loves the hotel and how modern all the buildings are. It does seem quite smoggy, but we can’t wait to see the Great Wall and Ming Tombs tomorrow. Not to mention the Summer Palace and, of course, the Peking duck dinner…it should be quite a day!