The mixed group of civilian and military interested gathered on Monday 12 November at the airport of Amsterdam Schiphol for the long journey to Beijing. After a quiet flight of nine hours we arrived in the capital, on Tuesday 13 November. The customs formalities and baggage collection went well as did the meeting with our guide. Throughout the trip we had hired a guide who has supported us greatly. From the airport we went to the luxury hotel to freshen up a bit. Afterwards we ate together and in the early evening we visited the nearby Olympic village including the impressive ‘bird nest’ stadium.