The plane from Stockholm to Beijing was half full. A little further back in the plane I could get four seats for myself and it was no problem to sleep for a few hours. The new airport in Beijing is magnificent and there are no hassles coming in and passing through customs. It is noticeable that a lot of money was invested in the Olympic Games.
Once we had arrived at the University of Petroleum’s hotel we experienced another consequence of the Olympic Games – the hotel was nearly empty. Before the Olympic Games the university had been discouraged from any activities so our visit was an exception. Now I remember that they first tried to postpone our visit but when I said that this was the only suitable time they agreed to it.
Before the Olympic Games the authorities had promised to remove their censorship of the internet but I quickly discovered that this was not the case. I tried to open my blog but could not. A phone call to Sweden confirmed that the problem did not lie there. I will have to send emails to Michael, who translates my blog to English, and he can post my blog contributions while I am in China.
I also tried to view the blog of Sweden’s foreign minister, Carl Bildt, and can state that he is also on the black list.