It was a long day but we just made it to our hotel in Beijing a little bit ago. Was able to get internet access for 38 yuen per day. We were up at 3 a.m., friday (Phx time) or for 26 hours now.
It is raining here and supposed to snow tonight- by the way, it doesn't snow in Beijing. It looks like it will clear up but be cold for the next two days of sightseeing.
Met three of the other families from my agency and they are all very nice. The remaining five families will be here in a few hours.
I'll post some photos tomorrow after our first day around Beijing.
Advice for those who follow: if you fly United, upgrade to the Economy Plus. It was only $299 per two people but worth the extra leg space. Also, for any luggage you will be carrying on, make sure that you have a piece with wheels (you can always stack a duffle on top). There is a lot of walking around and waiting in line - no over the shoulder bags.