Tuesday, April 28, 2009

4 More Sleeps!

Woo Hoo!! Counting down. Flights have been confirmed.

Almost all the To-Dos are done. Just need to get a haircut and book a limo to the airport.

Adding our contact list in China here so we can access it if needed.

Beijing: - Local Agency: China Travel Service Head Office CO.,LTD: Emergency Contact Person: He HuiTel: 010-64612573/64622288/6458/6466Fax: 010-64612567/64612576 CELLPHONE: 13501086632Address: 2 BEISANHUAN EAST RD.BEIJING CHINA,100028 - Hotel: Sunworld Hotel Beijing ****Tel: 010-58168999Fax: 010-65139095Address: 88 Dengshikou, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100006http://www.sunworldhotel.com.cn/Eng/Home/Index.aspx

Xian: - Local Agency: CHINA XI'AN OVERSEAS TOURIST CO.LTD: Emergency Contact Person: Zhang BinTel: 029-85252191 85234771Fax: 029-85363500 CELLPHONE: 13892867505/029-81048101Address: ROOM 504 A RIDGE FUQING BUILDING NAN ER HUAN RD XI'AN SHANXI CHINA- Hotel: Meihua-Goldentang International Hotel ****Tel: 029-87616666Fax: 029-87637575Address: No.126 West Street,Xian,Chinahttp://www.chinahighlights.com/hotel/xian-hotels/meihua-goldentang-international-hotel.htm

Chongqing: - Local Agency: HUBEI YANGTZE CRUISE CORP.: Emergency Contact Person: SophiaCELLPHONE: 13594684214Address: No.88 Chang Street, hanyang Xima.- Cruise Ship (Yangtze Paradise) ****Tel:13971184021http://www.chinahighlights.com/yangtzecruise/yangtze-paradise/index.htm

Yichang: - Local Agency: HUBEI YANGTZE CRUISE CORP.: Emergency Contact Person: SophiaCELLPHONE: 13594684214Address: No.88 Chang Street, hanyang Xima.

Shanghai: - Local Agency: Easy Tours International Travel Service: Emergency Contact Person: Rainy WangTel: 021-6203-7070Fax: 021-5294-1118CELLPHONE: 13764583392Address: Shanghai 2000 Zhongshan ( N ) Rd,3rd Floor EAst,Shanghai 200063,China - Hotel: The Bund Hotel Shanghai ****Tel: 021-63522000Address: 525 Guangdong Roadhttp://www.bundhotelshanghai.com/

Guilin: - Local Agency: GL_CITS: Tel: 0773-2831999Fax: 2827424/2885308CELLPHONE: 13977322931Address: No 11 Binjiang Road - Hotel: Guilin Bravo Hotel ****Tel: 0773-2898888Fax: 0773-2851344Address: 14 Ronghu Road, South, Guilin, Guangxi 541002, Chinahttp://www.glbravohotel.com/en_1/aboutus.asp

Yangshuo: - Local Agency: GL_CITS: Tel: 0773-2831999Fax: 2827424/2885308CELLPHONE: 13977322931Address: No 11 Binjiang Road - Hotel: Paradesa Resort ****Tel: 0773-8822109/8816767Fax: 0773-8828550Address: No.116 West Street Yangshuo Guilinwww.ys-paradesa.com

Tour Operator Contacts
(Your tour operator is available to assist with any problems which may arise during your tour) Your Travel Advisor: Mr. Leon LongTEL: (86773)2889566 /800-8793-007 (09:00-12:00 in the morning, 13:00-18:00 in the afternoon, from Monday through Friday) FAX: (86773) 2827424 /2885308 Email: service@chinahighlights.comCell Phone (for Emergency outside office hours):Mr. Leon Long (86)013978392676 (Please dial 13978392676 only while you are in Guilin )

Monday, April 27, 2009

China 2009 Itinerary

Here's our itinerary!!!


Leon LongCITS GUILIN,11 BINJIANG ROAD,GUILIN. 541002 CHINATel: 86-773-2889566Fax: 86 (0773) 2885308 \ 2827424Mail: http://ca.mc880.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=lion@chinahighlights.com

Sat 02-May-09 Air Canada Tor (8:30 am) flight 063-Van flight 029-Beijing

01. Sun 03-May-09
Arrive in Beijing, Flight No. AC029 ETA 14:20 Sunworld Hotel Beijing ****
Airport to Hotel Transfer (Beijing)

02. Mon 04-May-09
Beijing Sunworld Hotel Beijing ****
The Forbidden City, Tian'anmen Square, the Temple of Heaven,Beijing Ba guo bu yi Restaurant(Lunch)B,L

03. Tue 05-May-09
Beijing Sunworld Hotel Beijing ****
Mutianyu Great Wall(with round way cable car), Xing Shuang Quan Restaurant(Lunch), Hutong Tours in a Rickshaw, Cloisonne FactoryB,L

04. Wed 06-May-09
Beijing to Xian, Air China CA1235 (Beijing Capital Airport - Xian Xianyang Airport) Dep 4:30PM - Arr 6:20PM (Economy class) Meihua-Goldentang International Hotel **** (Deluxe Room)
Shan Shui Jian Yang Jie Zi Restaurant(Longtan Park Branch)(Lunch), Summer Palace with boat Cruise & The Garden of Virtue and Harmony, Beijing Olympic Green(exterior visit of Bird Nest and Water Cube), Helitang pearl store, Hotel to airport Transfer (Beijing), Airport to Hotel Transfer (Xian)B,L

05. Thu 07-May-09
Xian Meihua-Goldentang International Hotel **** (Deluxe Room)
Terracotta Warriors, A WA Restaurant(Lunch), Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an art ceramic/ furniture factory B,L

06. Fri 08-May-09 Xian to Chongqing to Yangtze, Sichuan Air 3U8806 Dep 3:25PM - Arr 4:40PM (Economy class) Yangtze Paradise
Xian City Wall with bicycle, Gao's Courtyard(includes Shadow Play),Guoli Renhe Chuancai Restaurant (Exhibition Center Branch)(Lunch), Hotel to airport Transfer (Xian), Cruise pier Transfer (Chongqing), Board the ship from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and departs Chongqing at 10:00pm.(Dinner is at local restaurant).B,L,D

07. Sat 09-May-09
Yangtze Paradise cruise ship
Shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City (8:00-10:00am).B,L,D

08. Sun 10-May-09
Yangtze Paradise Shore excursion to Shennong Stream(1:30-5:30pm).B,L,D

09. Mon 11-May-09 Yangtze to Yichang to Shanghai, Shanghai Airlines FM9366 Dep 4:35PM - Arr 6:05PM (Economy class)
The Bund Hotel Shanghai ****
Shore excursion to The Three Gorges Dam Site.Arrive in Yichang at 1:00pm.Airport Transfer (Yichang), Airport to Hotel Transfer (Shanghai)B,L

10. Tue 12-May-09
Shanghai The Bund Hotel Shanghai ****
The Shanghai World Financial Center, Lv Bo Lang Restaurant(Lunch), Yuyuan Market, The Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Jiangnan Silk Museum B,L

11. Wed 13-May-09
Shanghai to Guilin, China Eastern Airline MU5321 (Shanghai Hongqiao Airport - Guilin Liangjiang Airport) Dep 10:15AM - Arr 12:25PM (Economy class)
Guilin Bravo Hotel ****
Hotel to airport Transfer (Shanghai), Airport to Hotel Transfer (Guilin), Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill,McFound Restaurant (Lunch) B,L

12. Thu 14-May-09
Guilin to Yangshuo
Paradesa Resort **** (Deluxe Room with twin-beds)
Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. overnight in yangshuo. B,L

13. Fri 15-May-09
Yangshuo to Guilin to Hong Kong, China Southern Airlines CZ3031 Dep 5:30PM - Arr 6:35PM (Economy class)
Yangshuo biking to Yangshuo Moon Mountain and Yangshuo Big Banyan Tree, Meiyou Restaurant(Set menu)(Lunch), Our guide and driver will escort you from Yangshuo to Guilin airport for your flight to Hong Kong.

Friday 15-May-09 to 18-May-09

Hong Kong

Royal Pacific Hotel and Towers (see entry earlier)

No.33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

Telephone: (852) 2736 1188
Fax: (852) 2736 1212
Email: info@royalpacific.com.hk

18-May-09 Hong Kong (12:50) flight 008 - Van flight 066 - Tor arrive 20:02

Phoning China and Canada

Calling Canada from China

00 + 1 + Area Code+ Tel #

Calling Canada from Hong Kong
001~ + 1 + Area Code+ Tel #

Calling China from Canada
011 + 86 + Area Code+ Tel #

China Area codes:
Beijing 011 + 86 + 10+ Tel #
Guilin 011 + 86 + 773+ Tel #
Shanghai 011 + 86 + 21+ Tel #
Xian 011 + 86 + 29+ Tel #

Hong Kong 011 + 852 + Area Code+ Tel #

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Places We've Stayed

We are leaving our tour guide once we fly to Hong Kong. A member of our group has a business contact in Hong Kong who has kindly provided us with a personal tour guide of our own.

We have booked rooms here The Royal Pacific Hotel and Towers

Hotel looks very nice!!

Recommended by Michelin Guide - Hong Kong Macau 2009 edition, The Royal Pacific Hotel Hong Kong is conveniently located at the city centre of Tsim Sha Tsui (Canton Road) where the heart of commercial, entertainment and shopping is. The hotel enjoys perfect transportation network to Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Asia World-Expo, Hong Kong International Airport and a number of shopping and sight-seeing spots.
The Royal Pacific Hotel Hong Kong is the only Hong Kong hotel directly connected to the China-Macau Ferry Terminal. It also enjoys close proximity to Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station, Star Ferry and Airport Express.
The hotel's 673 rooms and suites command stunning views of the Victoria Harbour, Kowloon Park and the city. Each room guest can enjoy exclusive discounts at the hotel's outlets of varied cuisines, namely Cafe on the PARK (international/ buffet), Satay Inn (Southeast Asian), Pierside (western / fusion) and PARK Deli (delicatessen).

Friday, April 10, 2009

February 2009 Project 365

Applying for Visa

It was a no brainer. BUT fill your form out at home!!Got there around 8:40 had to wait outside gates until guard opened themabout 8:45.Have your ID ready to get thru gates.We then waited outside the doors until someone arrived at 9 to open them.
1 counter in middle marked VISA is where you line up with your passport picture - should be attached to your application .
If you want to pay (exrea $30) you can come back after 2 and pick it up same day.I chose to pick mine up on Thursday (there is a tiny handwritten sign on VISA window saying when pick up will be).In total I probably waited 30 minutes.You pay when you pick up - last booth - moves very quickly. Onlycash/ceritfied check or money order accepted.