Zurich to Beijing and onward to Shanghai Hongqiao on August 14/15. Return on 25/26 August. Overall I found it very mediocre: Positive aspects were the attitude and service from the flight crew and varied entertainment offer on Zurich-Beijing legs. The passenger transit lounge in Beijing was great as it gives you the possibility to relax in a quiet place before continuing the journey. Negative aspects were the oldish plane(s) from Zurich to Beijing and return (A330-200). The design was too pompous with red and yellow/golden patterns and carpets. The two worst points I observed: for transfer the baggage needed to be collected and checked-in again at another terminal not only when entering China but also on the return journey i.e. despite the "leaving China formalities" had already been cleared in Shanghai. The location of the plane at Beijing airport was upsetting: Arriving from Zurich the whole plane was emptied with buses instead of using an air bridge. When leaving Beijing the gate was so far from the aircraft. Passengers started making jokes about whether we would arrive to Zurich by bus. I wonder what the causes are for this as at 2 am there may have been many air bridges ready to use. All in all it was ok.