Just a quick, everyone arrived safely, post. After a 13 hour flight, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra arrived in Beijing late in the afternoon of May 12. After clearing customs and collecting our luggage, we were on our way to the hotel. Following check-in, many musicians and the staff took the opportunity to settle in quickly and head out in search of dinner.
Following a good night’s sleep, Wednesday will be spent getting accustomed to the time difference, practicing, and a little sight seeing. Currently, plans are in the works for many to travel to the Forbidden City in the morning, before a large group departs for the Great Wall in the afternoon.