I landed a Beijing airport at around quarter past 3 in the afternoon. While in line at passport control I met Sonia, another girl who is taking part in the two month internship programme.
We had a little chat before heading to baggage claim which was the largest I have ever seen! Upon exiting the gate, we were met by the CRCC team and we waited for some of the other participants to land before we made our way to the minibus where there was water waiting for us and Oreos!
The journey from the airport to the hotel was about half an hour. My room is on the 18th floor of the hotel and has pretty cool views! I am in a room with two other girls, Kadi from Paris and Ranika from Texas. Ranika has a very strong American accent and I can see me picking up some of the accent if I'm going to be in her company a lot!
The group was due to meet up at 7pm for an informal welcome dinner at The Den, which is the restaurant right next to the hotel. Its more catered towards Western tourists so there was hardly any Chinese dishes on the menu so I settled for a spicy chicken pizza!
Some of the group stayed out for drinks after dinner, but I headed back to the hotel with my room mates as we were all pretty shattered and have to be up and ready by 9am tomorrow for induction day!