Airport in Beijing: great! Arrive on international flight at Terminal Two (not the spectacular and imposing new Terminal Three) mid Saturday afternoon. No wait at passport station -- very short lines, no one seeming to have unusual delays or trouble with immigration officers, I spend maybe two or three minutes in line total. Baggage started appearing maybe five minutes after that. None of the baggage-sniffing dogs or swarms of inspectors I encountered a few weeks ago.
Air in Beijing: Not so great. Fortunately there are still thirteen days to get it fixed up...
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