Wednesday, June 23, 2010

You Know You're Flying Air China When...

(1) You encounter cardboard cutouts of chengwuyuan (flight attendants) the second you walk into the terminal at JFK.

(2) About a minute after that, a chaojia (argument) breaks out at the check-in counter, giving us our first opportunity in many months to bend our ears to "street" Mandarin.

(3) While waiting to board the plane, you spy the inevitable group of middle-aged guys playing cards on the ground. (Have we ever told you what an absolute rage card playing is in China?)

(4) The plane is full of that sea of black heads, all watching the same movie on a big screen at the front of the cabin (personal entertainment consoles are apparently yet to be introduced).

(5) As for the entertainment itself, it was that inexplicable mish mosh of east meets west, with everything from Sherlock Holmes to Xi Yang Yang.

Ah, it's great to be back...



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