The recently opened BEI Zhaolong Hotel, in Beijing, China.
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Travellers' Checks by Adam Nebbs

One of communist China’s first luxury hotels reopens in Beijing as the BEI Zhaolong Hotel

  • First opened in 1985, the ‘legendary’ Zhaolong Hotel was named after the father of Hong Kong shipping tycoon Pao Yue-kong

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The recently opened BEI Zhaolong Hotel, in Beijing, China.
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A BOAC Argonaut Speedbird poster from 1952.
Adam Nebbs
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Travellers' Checks by Adam Nebbs

The first direct London to Hong Kong flight 70 years ago took a total of 37 hours

  • The BOAC Argonaut had pressurised cabins, allowing it to operate at twice the speed and altitude of its compar­atively cumbersome counterparts
  • The first flight, which took off from Heathrow on August 23, 1949, arrived in Hong Kong three days late

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A BOAC Argonaut Speedbird poster from 1952.
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