Well, me and my bags made it safely to Beijing. Spent the day doing the tourist thing, first up was a stiff hike along the Great Wall of China then shopping in a Jade Museum and lunching in a shop. In the afternoon we visited the Forbidden Palace followed by a Tea Ceremony and topped off with a tour of a Silk Factory (or shop). Plenty of spending opportunities. So now, it is time to find a bar and a long cold beer.
Tomorrow got to get up at 4:00am to catch a flight to Lhasa. Not looking forward to this. Signing off from a very warm Beijing.