Vacation 2001 Day 1
Thursday, Friday, Saturday July 19, 20, 21
Fly to Beijing: new holder of the 2008 Olympics

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At 8 pm Thursday July 19 Airlink picks me up at home in Brantford and delivers me to Terminal 3 at Lester B. Pearson International Airport. At approximately 11:30 pm Cathy Pacific Flight CX 829 departs for Hong Kong with a refueling stop in Anchorage Alaska approximately 7 hours after leaving Toronto. After leaving Anchorage, we cross the International Date Line and add a day. Suddenly it is late Friday or early Saturday instead of late Thursday or early Friday. This is why day 1 looks like 3 days. At approximately 6:50 am Saturday Hong Kong time we arrive. This is 6:50 pm Friday in Toronto as Hong Kong and China are exactly 12 hours ahead of Toronto. The approximate route of the flight is shown with the very long BLACK line on the map below.

The final phase of the flight to Beijing leaves Hong Kong on Dragon Air Flight 900 at 8:00 am and arrives in Beijing 3 hours and 5 minutes later at 11:05 am on Saturday July 21 (that's 11:05 pm Friday night in Toronto, 23 hours and 35 minutes after departure). In the map above it is the RED line that starts where the black one ends and goes northeast. (the longest straight red line.).

Created July 13th, 2001.

What actually happened on this day.

On this day I was picked up almost 30 minutes early by AirLink. Go to the airport around 9:15ish and checked in. The Airbus A340-400 arrived from Anchorage at about 10:10 pm, 10 minutes late. The support staff ascended on it with great gusto and we boarded only a few minutes later than predicted. Plane pushed away pretty much on time heading for Anchorage. Arrived there at somewhere around 1:00 am Anchorage time, something over hour ahead of schedule. We left at about 2:30 with the pilot predicting a 5:15 am. arrival in Hong Kong. (1 hour and 35 minutes early). After being bounced all over the sky near Japan for a while we still arrived at the gate in Hong Kong at 5:20 am. The final leg to Beijing departed on time with not quite a full load on an Airbus A-330. Arrived on time in Beijing and after the appropriate waits at passport control (Called in big red letters the China Border Patrol Police.), was picked up by a gentleman and delivered to the Peace Hotel. (A Novotel ). One important piece of info was not imparted to me in this trip that would cause the girl who took me to the airport ,(and me of course), on Tuesday great grief. Something to do with confirming an airline ticket in advance?!?!?! This is most important in domestic Chinese flying. Rest of the day was used to recover from the trip.

Text above written July 26th 2001 in Xian China.

Cathy Pacific flight 829 just after its arrival
from Hong Kong as Flight 828. About 10:30 pm.
at Pearson Airport in Toronto.
Same plane (I think) not long after arriving in a
rainy Hong Kong some 18 hours after the
previous picture. (Some window reflections)

Dragon Air flight 900 to Beijing 45 min. before its
8 am Hong Kong time departure.

Pictures added August 26th, 2001 in Brantford.

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Last Updated August 26th, 2001

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