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Jul 19, 2019 - A relaxing day

Today we chose to use as a rest day. We have been traveling nonstop now for 13 days and need to take a breather. Besides, Jean was a little sick last night but felt better in the morning. We slept in late and went to breakfast at 9:00. The buffet was excellent with both an omelette station and a noodle station. The buffet was so extensive that they had a map of the buffet on an easel. I had an egg Benedict, hash browns, sausage, and stir-fried chicken, plus pancakes. We relaxed in the room until it was time to go for our 11:00 am massage....

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Jul 18, 2019 - Shanghai City Tour

Today was a hot 90 degree day in Shanghai. We are doing a city tour and transferring to another hotel in downtown Shanghai. We went down to breakfast at the Toy Story Hotel around 7:30. I had another nice multicultural breakfast. Then we returned to the room to finish packing. At 8:30 we went to the lobby to checkout and wait for Kyle to pick us up for our city tour of Shanghai. Kyle arrived at 9:00. We loaded the luggage in the Buick van (GM has a Buick plant in China, as does Ford and others, so you see a lot of "American" brand names on...

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Jul 17, 2019 - Shanghai Disneyland

Today was an all Disney day! The weather was sunny, hot and humid. At 7:00 we went down to breakfast located on the first floor of the hotel. They had quite a spread for Chinese, Japanese and Western tastes. I had an eclectic mix myself. It was too far to return to the room, so we just used the rest rooms near the restaurant before heading to the park. The park is open early if you stay onsite. You may go from 6:30 to 8:30 before the park opens to the general public at 8:30. For the early birds, you use the Disney Town entrance. The Disney...

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Jul 16, 2019 - Travel Day & Disneyland

Today is a travel day to Shanghai, China. We went down to breakfast about 7:00, then returned to the room to relax before going down to the lobby at 8:00 to checkout and wait for our transfer to the airport. He showed at 8:15 for our wet on/off ride to the airport. The weather has been good the whole time in South Korea. The days have been mild in the mid 70s to low 80s. It has been mostly sunny, with a couple of cloudy days. The only rain we encountered was on the drive back to Seoul and on the ride to the airport. At the airport it seemed...

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Sep 29, 2018 - A great start to the tour

So, I guess today was the start of the tour proper, but we did get off to a flying start with yesterday’s extra excursion! Charlie turned up bang on time (9am) and we headed off for Shanghai Central - again! Naturally, we spent a long time on the coach, but we just accepted that as part of the deal - cheap tour, a long way out of town - too bad! That said, the hotel is fantastic and definitely 4-5 star, so we’ll take that! Our first stop was at The Bund, where Charlie wanted to show off the architecture, particularly of the colonial era, by...

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A Chinese Odyssey

Sep 28, 2018 - A bonus tour of Shanghai

Last night, while driving to the hotel, Charlie suggested that he could organise an optional half day city tour for today, as the hotel is quite a long way out of the city and with little of interest around it. Most of our group of 16 were interested so, after a lazy morning around the hotel, a dozen of us joined Charlie and set out for Shanghai CBD. The ride into town took an hour and our first stop was at the Jade Buddha temple. This Buddha, along with a smaller one, was brought back to Shanghai from Burma by a local monk and a temple has...

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Sep 27, 2018 - We made it!

After waiting more than 14 months and dodging some scares about the conduct of our tour, we are finally in China! Our flight arrived in Shanghai around 30 minutes early, which gave us hope of getting to the hotel at a reasonable time - unfortunately, no such luck on that score! After failing at the immigration fingerprint machine - it doesn’t like missing digits! - Ray had to receive some personal attention from the Border Security Officer. He was a bit nonplussed, too, but at least he could apply a bit of flexibility - AI biometrics is not...

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Sep 27, 2018 - Up, up and away!

Odyssey to China Day 1. After a long, 14 month wait - not to mention a few scares over the last couple of weeks - we are on the way! Sydney gave us a very chilly farewell. As we stood on the platform, waiting for our train to the airport in a bracing 7 degrees C, we contemplated the journey we have experienced so far, and we haven’t even left the country! We have had a real mixture of excitement, anticipation, fear of loss (and sadness for those that did lose their trips), as well as a sense of gratitude that things have seemingly worked...

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Mar 8, 2018 - Shanghai – Explosion of Chinese growth

We are anchored on the Yangtze River, right in the midst of at least 100 neon/LED light skyscrapers. All types of shapes from twisting monoliths to oval/egg organic domes. The weather is also quite different than the 95 we had in Manila. Shanghai is a damp 45 with a high of 51. Its not been this cold since Jan 5 in LA. Time to dig out our sweaters we had put away under the bed. It’s a long walk through the cruise terminal to immigration. Everyone has to go ashore and get their passport stamped along with a copy of our passport we need to...

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Mar 8, 2018 - Shanghai China

History: Shanghai began as a tiny fishing village 5,000 years ago. Today it is the largest city in China and one of the worlds most important ports. Beautiful clean city with great sky scape. No homeless no litter and they scrub their sidewalks. Shopping was great and a very fun place to visit.

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Oct 23, 2017 - Brides on the Bund

The Shanghai skyline is spectacular, with the classical buildings along the riverside known as the Bund, and the spectacular modern towers across the way in Pudong. So much to see and do in this most cosmopolitan of China’s cities. This post is for the fashion followers, or brides-to-be (perhaps?). Anyway, the traditional Chinese celebratory colour of red makes for standout pictures along the Garden Bridge and Bund "boardwalk". You will see some brides wearing "Western White" too. In Shanghai, weddings do not typically have an after-dinner...

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Oct 22, 2017 - Shanghai, China

September 20th - Flew first class from ORD to PVG. Karah ordered 4 different glasses of wine for lunch, we also wore airplane pajamas. We arrived in the afternoon and Karah forgot her debit PIN. Went to Xintiandi and had xiaolongbao and spring rolls. Went to the Bund at night and then had dinner at Grandmother's restaurant. September 21st -

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