A van arranged by Gov. Jerry Brown's administration to ferry journalists on Wednesday to the Ministry of Commerce, directly across the street from the Grand Hyatt Beijing, left the hotel about 7:45 a.m., snaked around several back streets and, upon arriving at the destination, was halted at the gate.
There the van sat while Brown's office tried first to get the license plate cleared, and then - through Chinese-speaking reporters inside the van - to direct the driver to another entrance. Brown, on a week-long trade mission to China, was about to meet with the country's commerce minister, Gao Hucheng.
Eventually the driver pulled around, just in time to see Brown's motorcade arrive.
"China is very complicated," one of the local reporters said. "You have to know all the gates."
PHOTO CREDIT: Gov. Jerry Brown meets with China's commerce minister, Gao Hucheng, in Beijing on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/ David Siders