I made it. The flight was painful and I really hope I can find some way to avoid it in the future.
I will be staying in a youth hostel for a few days - getting over jet lag and hopefully checking out some of the sites. I have been hoping to see the olympic stadiums and also just get reaquainted with Beijing. I have seen many changes, in terms of the city's infra-structure.
The arrival experience was pretty amazing - I have never been through a more impressive airport. It's huge - but well organized and fast - at least it was for me.
I don't yet a have a computer - so my contact with the outside world will be somewhat limited... more to come.