I checked into my room at the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou around 11:30pm local time on the 17th (which is 8:30am in California time) and managed to stay awake long enough to plug in, unpack a few things, and get my bearings.
I managed to sleep a bit on the 14 hour flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong (in addition to reading a complete book), hung out for 2 hours in the Hong Kong airport, and repeatedly caught myself dozing off on the 2 hour flight from Hong Kong to Hangzhou.
That reminds me... Why is it that airports in Asia seem to be far more quiet and relaxing than those in the US? Compare Hong Kong, Taipei, or Japan's Narita to San Francisco, Chicago O'Hare, or New York's JFK and it's quite a striking contrast. And the workers here (immigration, information desk, etc.) are all far more polite too.
So I was doing pretty well when it comes to being in sync with the local time zone. But then I decided to brush my teeth and wash up a bit so that I could go to bed. That, unfortunately, has given me a bit of second (or third?) wind so I'm writing blog posts and reading email hoping that the profound tiredness visits me again soon.
Flying across the international date line is always a trip. Sort of.
On the plus side, the hotel is a stone's throw from Hangzhou's famous West Lake, so I may go for a walk around the lake after breakfast. Hopefully some fresh air will help get me in sync.
I'm sure I'll have a lot more to say about China in the coming days, not to mention having a few pictures to post. But that's all for now.
Posted by jzawodn at May 17, 2007 09:19 AM