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Canthy paid for her mum to go away on two-week holiday to Europe and she was arriving home today. In China it’s the custom that you see off you friends, family or client when they leave. Which means for long trips you often take them to the airport and pick them up on their return. In England you would normally drop them off at the tube, coach or train station and let them make their own way, but in China that’s not the custom. The airport is only 20 miles (32km) from where we live in CBD and it can be a nice drive as there is a dedicated airport express toll road. China has 70% of the worlds toll roads, so these tend to be wide, modern, fast and relatively cheap. This journey only costs CNY 5 (50p) going, but it’s free coming back from the airport into the city. We made the journey in under 30 minutes but arrived too early. So we did what most people do and parked up on the side of the road just after the Chinese imperial (Forbidden City) style toll gate. The only problem was coming back we got caught in a huge traffic jam and the return trip took two hours!

(Blog posted by Ray on August 29, 2012. You can see the original article by following this link to