Eight months ago when I was considering signing up to go on a group trip with Hillsborough Community College to China it felt like it was lightyears away. But here it is less than two weeks until departure and I’m realizing that it’s going to be here before I know it. I have 12 days before I leave to look up as much information on the places I’ll be visiting. I’m planning on watching a few videos on NetFlix and I want to look up each places on the itinerary so I have an idea of what’s in store.
For previous trips, I rarely would do a lot of research because I liked to see places without knowing too much. Also, the anticipation of a big trip, especially an international trip, really sucks dealing with so the best approach for me is to continue concentrating on work and the other things I have going on and then before I know it the trip will be here. Then of course I have to completely adjust and slow down so that the trip goes by as slow as possible.
The evening of June 9th I fly from NYC to Tampa, arriving at 12:30am. On June 10th my flight to China leaves at 6am so we need to arrive at the airport by 4am, so I’ll stick around the airport and wait for the morning to come. We fly through Chicago and then onward to Shanghai.
In Shanghai we’ll visit a handful of places and we’ll also have some time on our own to explore. The Bund is one of the most famous tourist areas of Shanghai. The stretch of road which is The Bund houses 52 buildings with various architectural styles. This website recommends a bunch of things to do in the area.
Frommer’s doesn’t seem thrilled about the Yu Garden, mainly saying it’s overrun with tourist
Day 1, June 10 — Departure from Tampa International Airport to Shanghai, China
Day 2, June 11 — Group arrival in Shanghai and group transfer to the Hilton hotel
Day 3, June 12 — Full day tour of Shanghai including: the Bund, Old French Concession, Yu Garden, Old City Bazaar and Jade Buddha Temple. Evening Acrobatic Show with transfer (B,L,D)
Day 4, June 13 — Fly from Shanghai to Lijiang via Kunming by air including transfers. Afternoon visit to Black Dragon Pool and the Ancient Town of Lining. Overnight at Lijiang Wangfu Hotel (B,D)
Day 5, June 14 — Visit Jade Snow Mountain ( including chairlift ) Yufeng Monastery. In the evening enjoy a Naxi Ancient Music performance (B,L)
Day 6, June 15 — Fly to Xian via Kunming with transfers included. Enjoy an evening Dumpling Dinner. Overnight at the Shangri-la Golden Flower hotel (B,L)
Day 7, June 16 — Full day tour of the Terra Cotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Great Mosque and Muslim Quarter. Evening Tang Dynasty Dinner Show with transfers (B,L,D)
Day 8, June 17 — Fly from Xian to Dunhuang by air including transfers. Camp overnight in the desert (in 2 person tents) with campfire and sunset dinner (B,D)
Day 9, June 18 — Full day tour of Mogao Grottoes , Crescent Moon and Singing Sand Dunes, Sand surfing and camel ride (B,L)
Day 10, June 19 — Fly from Dunhuang to Beijing by air with transfers. Enjoy a Peking Duck dinner followed by Peking Opera. (B,D) Overnight at the Sofitel Wanda hotel
Day 11, June 20 — Full day tour of Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Hutong Tour (B,L)
Day 12, June 21 — Mutianyu Great Wall and Sacred Way (B,L)
Day 13, June 22 — Return travel to Tampa, FL