Burn, United (Miles), Burn: Air China First Class Lounge Beijing (PEK)

Introduction
Planning
United Global First Lounge Washington Dulles (IAD)
Lufthansa Business and Senator Lounge Washington Dulles (IAD)
ANA First Square Class Washington Dulles to Tokyo Narita
ANA Suite and Business Class Lounges Tokyo Narita (NRT)
ANA Business Class Tokyo Narita to Beijing
IBIS Beijing Capital Airport Hotel
Air China First Class Lounge Beijing (PEK)
BGS Premier Business Class Lounge Beijing (PEK)
Business Traveler’s Lounge Beijing (PEK)
Lufthansa A380 First Class Beijing to Frankfurt
Lufthansa First Class Terminal Frankfurt (FRA)
Lufthansa B747-400 First Class Frankfurt to New York JFK
United PS Business Class New York JFK to San Francisco


After going through security and immigration at the Beijing airport, my first stop was the Air China First Class Lounge, which was the lounge the check-in agent told me to go to when I checked in. This lounge is located past all of the duty-free shops after you exit security.

Lots and lots of airlines use this lounge

Lots and lots of airlines use this lounge

Escalators up to the Air China First Class Lounge

Escalators up to the Air China First Class Lounge

Air China First Class Lounge  Entrance

Air China First Class Lounge Entrance (the man was trying to get me to stop taking pictures because he thought I wasn’t a first class passenger)

Since I was there relatively early in the morning, the lounge was pretty empty with fewer than 10 other passengers present, but I’m sure that it fills up more later in the day given that so many airlines use this lounge. The lounge is open to the rest of the airport terminal, so it feels airy and spacious, and it’s quite a large lounge with plenty of seating.

Seating options with tarmac views

Seating options with tarmac views

It's a pretty spacious open-air lounge

It’s a pretty spacious open-air lounge

Movie theater seating

Movie theater seating

The food options were decent, with hot food options for breakfast available while I was there. There were a number of typical Chinese breakfast options like congee, soy milk and Chinese donuts, and dim sum. I sampled some of the dumplings and their version of hash browns, which I thought were fine.

Snack options

Snack options

More snacks

More snacks

Cold foods

Cold foods

Some of the hot food options (a lounge attendant yelled at me for taking pictures so I don't have more pictures of the other hot food options)

Some of the hot food options (a lounge attendant yelled at me for taking pictures so I unfortunately don’t have more pictures of the other hot food options)

One amenity that I took advantage of was the sleeping rooms. There are a fair number of individual sleeping rooms available for use, and though they weren’t fully enclosed (so you’d probably need an eye mask and ear plugs to get any sleep), it’s nice that there are dedicated places to sleep and private spaces if you want to get away from the business of the lounge.

Sleeping room

Sleeping room

Bed in sleeping room

Bed in sleeping room

Overall, I thought it was a good lounge while I was there as it wasn’t crowded, offered good views of the tarmac, had decent food options, and provided an enclosed space to take a nap.

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