Trip Report: Air China First Class Lounge Beijing

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01. Introduction: San Diego to Seoul on United, Air China, and Asiana
02. United Airlines economy class San Diego to San Francisco
03. United Global First Lounge San Francisco
04. United Airlines Global First San Francisco to Beijing
05. Air China First Class Lounge Beijing
06. Asiana Airlines business class Beijing to Seoul
07. Hyatt Regency Incheon
08. Three days in Seoul
09. The Plaza Hotel Seoul
10. Air China business class Seoul to Beijing
11. Air China business class Beijing to Los Angeles
12. United Express (Skywest) economy class Los Angeles to San Diego

My layover in Beijing (terminal 3) was scheduled for two hours, and knowing that I had to go through the international transfer procedure before my Asiana flight to Seoul, I didn’t think there would be any time for a lounge visit. Heck – I was so confident that there wouldn’t be enough time that I didn’t even do any research beforehand to find out where the lounges are located. I figured it would be non-stop action all the way up to the boarding time to my connecting flight. Yeah, I tend to expect the worst wherever I go!

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised when I found myself through the security checkpoint and into the main terminal within 30 minutes. Woo hoo! The whole process wasn’t so bad, and the best part about it was that now I knew exactly what to expect on my return flight a few days later. I was completely content to just wander the terminal for the remaining 1:30, stretching my legs and checking out the shops. But as I was walking along, I passed the entrance for the Air China First Class Lounge and thought about going in. “Nah, I’m not in the mood” I thought, and kept walking. But then I started to think about how thirsty I was, and I didn’t have any Chinese currency on me to buy anything, so I thought that I might as well get a free bottle of water and juice or something in the lounge. I turned right back around and headed that way.

The airline lounges in terminal 3 are located on the second level, so you’ll need to take stairs or an escalator to get there. There is also an elevator nearby if you need it.

The woman who checked me in was confused about my boarding pass (which was issued way back in San Diego without any mention of “premium” or “elite” written anywhere on it). A quick phone call to god knows who confirmed my access, and I was of my way inside.

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The inside of the Air China First Class lounge right after passing the front desk

overview of the air china first class lounge

Slightly more wide-angle view of the lounge

The lounge itself was open and bright, with very Chinese-style decor and plenty of seating options. Nearby the entrance was a snack bar with a variety of beverages and cookies/crackers available, and I initially thought that was the extent of the food options in this lounge. All I was looking for was some water and juice anyway, so I didn’t mind the thin selection. However, it wasn’t until I walked around to the back side of the lounge that I realized that there was a fairly large self-serve food section with hot menu items such as dumplings and soup. Too bad I wasn’t really hungry because all of this looked very good!

air china first class lounge oasis

At the center of the lounge is an “oasis” of sorts – a slightly more private area with fountains and plants

airline lounge oasis

The back side of the lounge oasis

air china first class lounge hot food bar

The hot food bar at the Air China First Class lounge in Beijing

lounge seating

There’s plenty of open seating available at the Air China First Class lounge here in Beijing

open air lounge view of terminal 3 at PEK

This is an open-air lounge, which overlooks the main terminal at PEK

relaxing in the Air China First Class lounge

Overall, I thought that this was a great lounge to sit and relax after a long international flight

I end ended up staying for about 30 minutes while I finished my drinks, then decided that I needed to stretch my legs a bit and walk around in the terminal.