We catch the 6:00 AM bus to Terminal 2 and from there the free shuttle between terminals to T1.
Up the escalator to departures we go, and find our way to the Hainan First and Business Class check-in counter.
Adjacent to that is a VIP security check, where Brian is frisked efficiently by an attractive young Chinese woman.
Once through that, we immediately find ourselves in the departure lounge, 50 minutes after departing the Hilton. Not bad!