May 17, 2011
So after 12 heart wrenching hours filled with bad plane food and cheesy movies, I arrived at the Beijing airport ready to begin my REAL summer vacation. Then, as if a baseball bat had struck me across the head, I realized that my visa for China was basically nonexistent. What happened next was a series of questions by Chinese policemen, a night’s stay at the airport, and a transfer flight to Hong Kong to get my visa renewed. This is entirely my fault, as I was so excited for the summer that I had forgotten the most basic of traveling needs.
This kind of reminds me of that one movie The Terminal, where this guy gets stuck for a really long time at this one airport and slowly gets a job and even falls in love, in the same airport. It’s a pretty heart warming movie, and probably makes my little airport road bump seem like child’s play. However, this is a good experience, and I hope to never suffer from a visa malfunction again.
Also, if you have not seen The Terminal, do yourself a favor and go watch it now.