CHINA! Here we go!

China: October 13, 2010

17 days in China!
Here was our Itinerary!  All complied by what we wanted to do and what we wanted to see.

Itenarary:
Wednesday 10/13/10 SFO to Beijing
Hotel: Beijing Meiyuan Hotel
Taxi Pick up – NONE Need to get Taxi from airport
Thursday 10/14/10 Arrive Beijing 8:05 PM
66°/49°F Check into Hotel ~9:30 PM
Friday 10/15/10 Tiananmen Square Morning
66°/45°F Forbidden City
Temple of Heaven
Summer Palace
Hongqiao Market
Saturday 10/16/10 Badaling Great Wall Morning
65°/44°F Ming Tombs
Sunday 10/17/10 Beijing’s ancient back alleys (Hutong) Morning
65°/44°F Lama Temple Afternoon
Silk Market
Beijing Opera
CCTV
Olympics
Monday 10/18/10 Panjiayuan Market
64°/43°F Beijing Capital Museum
Leave for Airport 6:00 PM
Beijing to Xian 9:15 PM
65°/48°F Arrive Xian 11:05 PM
Hotel: Han Tang Inn Youth Hostel
Taxi Pick up
Tuesday 10/19/10 Emperor Qin Shi & Terra Cotta Army 8:00AM (3hrs)
65°/48°F
Wednesday 10/20/10
64°/47°F
Thursday 10/21/10
64°/47°F
Leave for Airport 7:00 PM
Xian to Chengdu 9:50 PM
67°/56°F Arrive Chengdu 10:55 PM
Hotel: Nova Traveller’s Lodge
Taxi Pick up
Friday 10/22/10 Giant Panda Breeding Base 8:00 AM (3/4hrs)
67°/56°F
Saturday 10/23/10
66°/55°F
Leave for Airport 7:00 PM
Chengdu to Guilin 9:50 PM
Arrive Guilin 11:20 PM
Hotel: Guilin Riverside Hostel
Taxi Pick up
Sunday 10/24/10 Li river cruise to Yangshao
Monday 10/25/10 Elephant Trunk Hill
Reed Flute Cave
Fubo Hill
Seven Star Park
Tuesday 10/26/10
Leave for Airport 7:00 PM
Guilin to Shanghai – Hongqiao 9:55 PM
68°/54°F Arrive Shanghai – Hongqiao 11:55 PM
Hotel: Courtyard Shanghai Puxi
Taxi Pick up – NONE Need to get Taxi from airport
Wednesday 10/27/10
68°/54°F
Thursday 10/28/10 World Expo All Day
68°/53°F
Friday 10/29/10
67°/53°F World Expo After 5:00 pm
Saturday 10/30/10 Shanghai Morning
67°/53°F
Shanghai to SFO 9:20 PM

We both decided that we will be traveling with just a backpack.  Not surprisingly my backpack could eat Tom’s backpack for breakfast.  TIP: Don’t forget to take a photograph of what you check-in.  In case your luggage get’s misplaces its easier to show them a photo than you try to describe it to them, especially if you are traveling to a foreign country.

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HIS

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HERS

We flew Korean Airlines.  It was a great flight.  Hardly any turbulence and very attentive cabin crew.  Not to mention polite as hell.  We were feed throughout our 12 hour flight to S. Korea and our connection to Beijing.

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First meal on the plane: Bibimbap! A typical Korean dish

Bibimbap literally means “mixed rice”.  it was served with side  of warm white rice and soup however no egg on top. but it was quite delicious.

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Mixed vegetables with Pasta and some weird potato salad and coffee cake

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Bok choy with chicken and brown rice

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Sauteed shrimp with rice and side salad. And Mochi for dessert

Not only did they serve good meals, they kept the drinks coming.  They served Hite – the standard Korean beer.

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