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OT- rush hour in Shanghai, new meaning & trip
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a425couple
2017-12-09 20:12:27 UTC
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OT- rush hour in Shanghai, new meaning & trip

Well, Formula One causes one thought about a traffic rush
hour in Shanghai China,

And the truly crowded streets and freeways there give
another (the city has over 24 million people!)

But a couple of nights ago I saw a different meaning,
there were 8 motorcycles at one time going around
the "globe of death" at the Shanghai Circus.

(here is video of 7
)
And by going Google, and enter
youtube Shanghai Circus
one can view many of the acts they did that night.

Meanwhile, for those who might be interested,
We found, and we did, a terrific bargain on a very good
14 day fully guided trip in China.

It was only $1,199 per person
(plus about $180 per person to get Chinese Visas,
and we added two optional tours, the Shanghai Circus,
and a old fashioned Water Village marriage.)

Seriously, that covered airfare from most places in
US and Canada, 14 days, 13 nights in top rated hotels,
or a cruise ship, & all meals except 2.
I think, since there was almost a simultaneous to us
similar group from the UK (they flew over Russia etc.,
while we flew over the Pacific) that for UK they have
a very similar deal.

My wife originally found the deal on travel zoo newsletter
travelzoo.com , and you can also.

Here is another view of Sinorama's offerings:
http://www.sinorama.ca/tourpage/index.php?id=2016_2017_chhz_15d_a_en
Here is a cut & paste from a similar tour to what we did:

Day 1: Canada – stops – Beijing
Depart for Beijing on overnight international flight.

Day 2: Beijing
Arrive at the airport of Beijing, transfer to hotel.
Hotel: Beijing Lijingwan Hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 3: Beijing (B L D)
After breakfast, visit the Tiananmen Square, then enter the imperial-red
walls of the ornate Forbidden City, the emperor' s palace - off limits
to commoners for centuries. You will also visit the Temple of Heaven.
Think of the processions of incense-bearing priest at the Temple of
Heaven, where the emperor went to humble himself in prayer to guarantee
realm's good harvest.

Day 4: Beijing (B L)
Enjoy your excursion to the ancient Great Wall, originally built as
protection from the Huns and other Nomadic tribes and never completely
fulfilled its purpose. Optional tour (approximately 4-5 hours): dinner +
night tour in Beijing, CAD40p.p.

Day 5: Beijing – Chongqing (Flight) (B L D)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Chongqing, visit a
zoo (panda) and embark on the cruise.
5-star deluxe cruise: Sinorama Gold 3 / Gold 8

Day 6: Yangtze River Cruise – Shibaozhai (B L D)
Excursion: Shibaozhai, literally "Precious Stone Fortress" is a hill
along the bank of the Yangtze River. On the river side of the hill is a
red pavilion of nine floors which leans against the side of the hill
providing a walkway to the temple at the top of the hill. Captain's
Welcome Party.

Day 7: Yangtze River Cruise – Three Gorges (B L D)
Excursion: Embark on smaller boats to enjoy a closer encounter of the
beauty of the Three Gorges. Continue to Gorge Wu and Gorge Qutang.

Day 8: Yangtze River Cruise – Three Gorges Dam (B L D)
Excursion: Three Gorges Dam – the world's largest hydroelectricity
project. Passage of the Three Gorges Dam and the 5–stage Ship Lock.
Captain's Farewell Dinner.

Day 9: Yangtze River Cruise – Jingzhou – Wuhan (Coach) (B L D)
Disembark at Jingzhou, a city located on the banks of the Yangtze River
with 6000 years history where the culture of "Chu" was raised and
developed. City tour in Jingzhou then transfer to Wuhan and rest up in
hotel.
Hotel: Wuhan Howard Johnson Pearl Plaza Hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 10: Wuhan – Hangzhou (High-Speed Train) (B D)
After breakfast, transfer to Hangzhou by high-speed train. Upon arrival,
transfer to hotel.
Hotel: Hangzhou Xanadu Crown Plaza Hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 11: Hangzhou – Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) (Coach) (B L D)
Hangzhou is well known for its beauty of natural landscape and historic
monuments. You will join a cruise on the West Lake and visit the village
for the plantation of world renowned "Longjing Dragon Well Tea". Depart
for Huangshan and transfer to hotel on arrival.
Hotel: Huangshan International Hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 12: Huangshan (B L D)
Excursion on Huangshan. The Mountain is well known for its beauty,
peculiarly-shaped granite peaks, Huangshan pine trees, and the landscape
which the clouds often surround the hills. This mythical mountain
constantly changes its image due to the winds and drizzle, which is
favored by traditional Chinese painting and literature.

Day 13: Huangshan – Shanghai (Coach) (B L)
After breakfast, transfer to Shanghai by coach. Upon arrival, transfer
to hotel.
Optional tour (approximately 4.5 hours): dinner + night tour in
Shanghai, CAD40p.p.
Hotel: Wyndham Bund East Shanghai (5 stars) or similar

Day 14: Shanghai (B L)
First visits the Shanghai Museum (Closed on Mondays), then you will have
free time for shopping at Nanjing Road where plenty of large stores and
boutiques are located. Then visit the bund, where you can experience the
modernity of Shanghai.
Optional tour: dinner + an exciting Acrobatics Show CAD40p.p.

Day 15: Shanghai – stops – Canada (B)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flights back to your sweet
home. End of trip.

* Airport meet & greet transfers included when the whole tour package
is purchased from Sinorama.
* For cruise package, in the event of water level problems on stretches
of river, repair or maintenance work carried out by the river and other
local authorities on the river or canal banks, stretches of river or
canal, bridges, locks or docks, SINORAMA reserves the right to change
the published itinerary or to operate part of the itinerary by
motorcoach without notice.
* Highlight features are subject to change according to final itinerary.

Hmm, they do not mention the visits / tours / stops at
Beijing Pearl Market,
Jade Factory,
Cloisonne Factory,
Visit of Chanqan Automobile Technology Exhibition
(Had 3D printing! as well as Changan E301 concept sports coupe),
Tea Plantation,
Silk factory,
Silk Embroidery Art Gallery
- yes, plenty of chances to buy stuff,,, but no pressure!
a425couple
2017-12-12 13:10:12 UTC
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OT- rush hour in Shanghai, new meaning & trip
Well, Formula One causes one thought about a traffic rush
hour in Shanghai China,
And the truly crowded streets and freeways there give
another (the city has over 24 million people!)
But a couple of nights ago I saw a different meaning,
there were 8 motorcycles at one time going around
the "globe of death" at the Shanghai Circus.
(here is video of 7
http://youtu.be/GqBxqbI5hI8 )
And by going Google, and enter
youtube Shanghai Circus
one can view many of the acts they did that night.
Meanwhile, for those who might be interested,
We found, and we did, a terrific bargain on a very good
14 day fully guided trip in China.
It was only $1,199 per person
(plus about $180 per person to get Chinese Visas,
and we added two optional tours, the Shanghai Circus,
and a old fashioned Water Village marriage.)
Seriously, that covered airfare from most places in
US and Canada, 14 days, 13 nights in top rated hotels,
or a cruise ship, & all meals except 2.
I think, since there was almost a simultaneous to us
similar group from the UK (they flew over Russia etc.,
while we flew over the Pacific) that for UK they have
a very similar deal.
My wife originally found the deal on travel zoo newsletter
travelzoo.com  , and you can also.
http://www.sinorama.ca/tourpage/index.php?id=2016_2017_chhz_15d_a_en
Day 1: Canada – stops – Beijing
Depart for Beijing on overnight international flight.
Day 2: Beijing
Arrive at the airport of Beijing, transfer to hotel.
Hotel: Beijing Lijingwan Hotel (5 stars) or similar
Day 3: Beijing (B L D)
After breakfast, visit the Tiananmen Square, then enter the imperial-red
walls of the ornate Forbidden City, the emperor' s palace - off limits
to commoners for centuries. You will also visit the Temple of Heaven.
Think of the processions of incense-bearing priest at the Temple of
Heaven, where the emperor went to humble himself in prayer to guarantee
realm's good harvest.
Day 4: Beijing (B L)
Enjoy your excursion to the ancient Great Wall, originally built as
protection from the Huns and other Nomadic tribes and never completely
fulfilled its purpose. Optional tour (approximately 4-5 hours): dinner +
night tour in Beijing, CAD40p.p.
Day 5: Beijing – Chongqing (Flight) (B L D)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Chongqing, visit a
zoo (panda) and embark on the cruise.
5-star deluxe cruise: Sinorama Gold 3 / Gold 8
Day 6: Yangtze River Cruise – Shibaozhai (B L D)
Excursion: Shibaozhai, literally "Precious Stone Fortress" is a hill
along the bank of the Yangtze River. On the river side of the hill is a
red pavilion of nine floors which leans against the side of the hill
providing a walkway to the temple at the top of the hill. Captain's
Welcome Party.
Day 7: Yangtze River Cruise – Three Gorges (B L D)
Excursion: Embark on smaller boats to enjoy a closer encounter of the
beauty of the Three Gorges. Continue to Gorge Wu and Gorge Qutang.
Day 8: Yangtze River Cruise – Three Gorges Dam (B L D)
Excursion: Three Gorges Dam – the world's largest hydroelectricity
project. Passage of the Three Gorges Dam and the 5–stage Ship Lock.
Captain's Farewell Dinner.
Day 9: Yangtze River Cruise – Jingzhou – Wuhan (Coach) (B L D)
Disembark at Jingzhou, a city located on the banks of the Yangtze River
with 6000 years history where the culture of "Chu" was raised and
developed. City tour in Jingzhou then transfer to Wuhan and rest up in
hotel.
Hotel: Wuhan Howard Johnson Pearl Plaza Hotel (5 stars) or similar
Day 10: Wuhan – Hangzhou (High-Speed Train) (B D)
After breakfast, transfer to Hangzhou by high-speed train. Upon arrival,
transfer to hotel.
Hotel: Hangzhou Xanadu Crown Plaza Hotel (5 stars) or similar
Day 11: Hangzhou – Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) (Coach) (B L D)
Hangzhou is well known for its beauty of natural landscape and historic
monuments. You will join a cruise on the West Lake and visit the village
for the plantation of world renowned "Longjing Dragon Well Tea". Depart
for Huangshan and transfer to hotel on arrival.
Hotel: Huangshan International Hotel (5 stars) or similar
Day 12: Huangshan (B L D)
Excursion on Huangshan. The Mountain is well known for its beauty,
peculiarly-shaped granite peaks, Huangshan pine trees, and the landscape
which the clouds often surround the hills. This mythical mountain
constantly changes its image due to the winds and drizzle, which is
favored by traditional Chinese painting and literature.
Day 13: Huangshan – Shanghai (Coach) (B L)
After breakfast, transfer to Shanghai by coach. Upon arrival, transfer
to hotel.
Optional tour (approximately 4.5 hours): dinner + night tour in
Shanghai, CAD40p.p.
Hotel: Wyndham Bund East Shanghai (5 stars) or similar
Day 14: Shanghai (B L)
First visits the Shanghai Museum (Closed on Mondays), then you will have
free time for shopping at Nanjing Road where plenty of large stores and
boutiques are located. Then visit the bund, where you can experience the
modernity of Shanghai.
Optional tour: dinner + an exciting Acrobatics Show CAD40p.p.
Day 15: Shanghai – stops – Canada (B)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for flights back to your sweet
home. End of trip.
* Airport meet & greet transfers included when the whole tour package is
purchased from Sinorama.
* For cruise package, in the event of water level problems on stretches
of river, repair or maintenance work carried out by the river and other
local authorities on the river or canal banks, stretches of river or
canal, bridges, locks or docks, SINORAMA reserves the right to change
the published itinerary or to operate part of the itinerary by
motorcoach without notice.
* Highlight features are subject to change according to final itinerary.
Hmm, they do not mention the visits / tours / stops at
Beijing Pearl Market,
Jade Factory,
Cloisonne Factory,
Visit of Chanqan Automobile Technology Exhibition
   (Had 3D printing! as well as Changan E301 concept sports coupe),
Tea Plantation,
Silk factory,
Silk Embroidery Art Gallery
- yes, plenty of chances to buy stuff,,, but no pressure!
From another group, someone asked
Post by a425couple
Now for the important question--so how was the food?
The breakfasts were all quite good. Buffets available in
the supposed 5 star hotels and cruise ship.
Always plenty of bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs, hard boiled eggs,
bread, (most often pastries) generally a side cook station
where they were doing fresh fried eggs and often omelets,
along with plenty of Chinese breakfast things. (Wife loved
the interesting new tries!)
Lunches varied. On the cruise ship it was again a good
buffet. Some were fine buffets. On the internal airplane
flight it was 'old fashioned' airplane food. One day
of a real long bus ride had an interesting 'Chinese'
box lunch. The day of the long high speed train trip,
I think somebody goofed,,,,, it was a sad little 'Subway'
*tm* sandwich.
Suppers on the cruise ship were again a quite good buffet
of vast majority Chinese food, but probably some effort
to appease USAians, Canadians, and UKers.
(their attempt at spaghetti did not create a 'hit'!)
Some nights again had the quite acceptable hotel buffets.
Some were at a restaurant that were served 'family style'
and were generally ok.
But yeah,,, after two weeks of Chinese suppers, it was nice
to get home to home cooking!
I should also include about beverages.
DO NOT DRINK, or even brush teeth with tap water.
It seems we were told even natives do not allow it in mouths.
But every lodging had in the room two 18oz~ bottles of water a day,
and most had a little 'hot pot' so we could make some extra.
And, more water bottles could be easily found for low cost.

The breakfasts all had coffee, tea, warm milk, cold milk
and fruit juices.

The restaurants served 'family style' included about a
8 oz beer, or cola or sprite.

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