Power and Money

China And The Olympics: My Journey To Beijing

Great Wall of China
CNBC.com photo composite

The anticipation gets pretty heady when you've got 13 hours on a plane, with little more than a book, a bad movie and a magazine to keep you busy.

I am in Beijing, China. I left Washington Dulles airport at 10:15 pm and landed in Beijing at 2:00 in the afternoon the next day. I'm here reporting a number of stories on what businesses are doing to prepare for the olympics (they are just about one year away), how this country is seeing unprecedented economic growth and how companies are harnessing that boom to help their own bottom lines.

And perhaps the most telling anecdote I can share with you is this: the first thing I saw after I stepped out of customs was a Starbucks and a KFC.

I will be here for the next two weeks, reporting on stories that will be aired in August, and blogging about what I'm seeing on the ground. They won't necessarily be Power and Money related, but I hope you'll read my posts, and share in my experiences half way around the world.

Questions?  Comments?  PowerandMoney@cnbc.com