For anyone interested...we are also planning to visit this eclipse July 22, 2009 S. of Shanghai, China. It will be the longest for this century, over 6 minutes. Bon has been looking at air tickets and yesterday booked tickets to leave Vancouver, BC (where we have friends and can leave our vehicle) on the 16th of July w/ open jaw to return from Beijing on the 31st of July. During this time we will travel to Xian - Terracotta Warriors, et al - and on to Beijing to see what has changed in the intervening (since 2003/4) years including the Olympics. More later. Anyone interested in coming along? More and merrier, ha!
Our return to the states for this trip is via London/Seattle on the 24th of March, 2009. Tickets already booked...you know Bon, always on top of everything to get the best deals (or at least close to the best).