It was a busy first day of our tour to the Far East after the squad landed in Beijing on Tuesday morning.
Having flown out of Heathrow at 5pm on Monday evening and arrived at 9am local time - we're seven hours ahead of the UK in China - it was no surprise to see a few blurry eyes as the lads made their way through Beijing Airport.
Nevertheless, it was straight into media duties for Harry Redknapp and Robbie Keane in front of a packed press gathering at the hotel's ballroom early in the afternoon.
Less than an hour later and the players, management and staff all made the short trip from the hotel to the historic Tiananmen Square in Beijing, where we saw the famous Tiananmen Gate and its giant portrait of Chairman Mau.
After all that it was down to business for the players.
With the help of a police escort to guide the coach through heavy Beijing traffic, we made our first visit to the Worker's Stadium, home of the Barclays Asia Trophy.
We face West Ham in our opener tomorrow night (Wednesday, July 29, 6pm local time/11am UK).
Hull City were training in their allocated time slot when we arrived but the lads were soon out there, initially going through sprints and stretches to blow away any post-flight cobwebs and then into ball work, short, sharp possession routines while Tony Parks worked with Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini.
Then it was back to the hotel - the traffic still very heavy - for dinner at 9pm local time (2pm UK) and finally a welcome night's sleep!