Flying in China in the spring is not unlike flying through Chicago O’Hare at the same time of year. You probably don’t want to travel in the late afternoon or evening unless you enjoy (long) delays because of storms. My trip from from Guangzhou to Ningbo took an extra 9 hours (finally leaving at 3am). It was my first 2 hour red eye flight. I got to the hotel in time for a 4 hour nap before my first meeting that day. Checked in at 7am and checked out at noon. Nice.
Just when I thought it would be tough to beat a 9 hour delay – my return flight to Guangzhou was delayed (and eventually cancelled) for 14 hours. The airline put us up in a hotel overnight and passed out 100RMB notes as we boarded the flight the next day. Unfortunately it hardly made up for the frustration from the night before of boarding the flight and then being told to get off again. I guess I’ve dodged the bullet when it comes to travel nightmares, so I was due for two monster delays in one trip.
There was PLENTY of time to walk around the airport testing lenses and light.