As giant pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guan arrived at Edinburgh zoo today on the FedEx Panda Express, Alex Salmond, First Minister for Scotland, touched down in Beijing (on a regular airline) - the start of a 10-day visit which will also take in Shandong province and Shanghai.
I attended a briefing for him at the Ambassador's residence, partly to confirm that yes there will be plenty of Scottish events as part of UK Now fest. Funny anecdote... He'd forgotten to bring tartan trousers with him, and tonight he's guest of honour at the St Andrew's Day Ball. So early this morning, straight off the plane, he was measured up for some new ones which we're hoping will be made & delivered in time.