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Airport Review: Beijing Capital International Airport – Terminal 3

I’m back!  Sorry for the lack of posts in the past few weeks but real life and work have taken over and put blogging in the back burner.  Anyway, in the past month I get to go to Hong Kong twice, Manila and Cagayan de Oro.  Jetsetter?  Nope.  Just for training and a wedding (not my own).   The airport of choice by my airline?  BCIA Terminal 3.

Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal 3 is one of the biggest airport in terms on land mass.  It’s the combined Terminal 1-5 of London Heathrow.  The terminal is divided into 4 main buildings: transport centre (parking, light rail and commercial), domestic terminal (T3-C), international terminal (T3-E) and VIP terminal (T3-D).  This terminal opened early this year after only 4 years of construction.  They want visitors attending the Olympics to be awed by the structure which is shaped like a dragon.  Several airlines have made this their home including Air China, Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, British Airways, Qatar Airways, Qantas, Emirates, Thai Airways, United Airlines, All Nippon Airways and some local airlines (More info here: http://en.bcia.com.cn/flight/infor080710.html).  Transport to and from the airport is plenty and you can choose either by bus (RMB16), airport express (RMB25) or taxi (RMB80+ including RMB 10 toll).

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Pilferage at Beijing Airport

Have you ever lose anything valuable in your life? Sooner or later, you would do so either by theft, leaving things unattended or forgetting where you left it. We normally see signs to never leave our valuables unattended. However, what can we do if this theft happened at the airport?

A friend of mine went home two weeks ago. He checked in as business class and his luggage had a lock. When he arrived at his destination, he found the lock broken and some items missing from his luggage. The thieves pilfered his Chinese CDs and brand new mobile phone. He was pretty pissed off as he can’t believe the nerve of the thieves taking something from someone who’s in business class. Did he recover anything? Nope not even a cent. The airport manager did apologize to him though.

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