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Countdown to Blast-off

sunny 27 °C

4 more sleeps!
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Patrick in script

And I created a bit of a phrase book. Here's some entries...

MANDARIN
A rough-n-ready Guide for Travelers

Greetings
Hello “nee how”
Hello (phone only) “way”
How's it going? “dzummuh yahng”
How are you? “nee how boo how”
I'm okay “waw how”
Goodbye “dzye jyan”
See you later “ee hwar jyan”

My name is _____. Yours? “waw jyaow _____. Nee nuh?”

Manners
Please “cheeng”
Thank you “shyeh shyeh”
Many thanks “gahn shyeh”
Don't mention it; You're welcome “boo kuh chee”
Pardon me (to pass someone) “laow jyah laow jyah”
Excuse me; Please, may I... “cheeng one”

Sorry to be trouble;
would you mind... “mah fahn nee”

I don't understand “waw boo doong”
Just a moment “shaow dung”

Do you speak English? “nee shwaw eeng one mah?”

I'll serve myself thanks just the same “dzuh lee lye”
Bon Apetit! (lit. eat slowly, enjoy) “mahn mahn chir”
Cheers; Bottoms up! “gahn bay!”
I'm full “waw chir baow luh”

China “joong gwaw”
Chinese Language (lit. National Lang) “joong one”
I or me “waw”

yes “shir”
no “boo”

to make a question finish with “ma”

Posted by plomeley 22:33 Archived in Australia Tagged preparation

Itinerary

Yes, it's a CTS Tour - Yikes!!

semi-overcast 20 °C

This is the tour from the brochure
Day 01 Australia/Beijing
Fly to Beijing via QF191. Beijing is the dynamic capital of the People's Republic of China. Which used to be the imperial city of Mongol, Ming and Manchu emperors. Beijing today is still extraordinarily rich in historical sites and cultural relics. Upon arrival, you are greeted by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
Day 02 Beijing (B/L/D)
Tour starting with the Tian'anmen Square, the biggest public square in the world and Forbidden City, the vast complex of palaces, which was home to successive Emperors for more than 500 years. In the afternoon, tour to the Temple of Heaven, the 500 year old Temple houses altars on which sacrifices and offerings were laid to the gods in a glorious setting of gardens, tress and sculptures. For dinner enjoy a traditional Beijing Duck banquet.
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Day 03 Beijing (B/L)
Morning tour to the Great Wall, stretching almost 4,000 miles from
the Pacific Ocean to the sands of Central Asia and befittingly crowned one of the seven wonders of the world. Along the way, you will stop at a jade carving factory where you can watch artisans at work.
Continue to visit the Summer Palace, the largest and the best preserved of all imperial palace gardens, which boasts such delights as the famous Marble Boat and the ornately painted 'Long Corridor'.
Day 04 Beijing/Xian (B/L/D)
In the morning, transferred to the airport for a flight to Xian. Upon
arrival you will be met & transferred, and to visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Old City Wall, which was constructed 600 years ago.great_wall-1.jpg
Day 05 Xian (B/L/D)
Morning, tour to the greatest archaeological discovery of the century,
more than 2,000 year-old Terracotta Warriors interred with the Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Afternoon, we visit the Shaanxi History Museum. Have sumptuous dumpling dinner, and enjoy a traditional Tang Dynasty show after dinner. xian-terra..rriors1.jpg
Day 06 Xian/Shanghai (B/L)
We fly to metropolitan Shanghai, Asia's most amazing modern city,
with its soaring skyline dwarfing the grand colonial structures. Upon arrival, we catch a glimpse of Shanghai's future in the Urban Planning
Exhibition Center
. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Day 07 Shanghai (B/L)
Morning tour to the Bund, a popular promenade along the Huangpu
River, where the old meets the modern in Shanghai, then to the Old Town with its winding alleyways, lined with shops, teahouses and restaurants, and to the elegant and tranquil Yu Garden. In the afternoon, visit the Shanghai Xintiandi, which is a new tourist attraction in downtown Shanghai, featuring the city's unique "Shikumen" houses and a maze of narrow alleys, which have been converted into specialist F & B, retail, entertainment and cultural facilities.
Day 08 Shanghai/Suzhou/Shanghai (B/L/D)Grand_Hyat..ai_1298.jpg
Full-day excursion to Suzhou, a small town famous for its classic gardens in the south of China and often so-called 'Oriental Venice' In Suzhou, you will visit the Garden of the Master of Fishing Net, Silk
Spinning Mill and take a boat cruise on the Grand Canal constructed over 1,000 year ago in Sui Dynasty. If time permit, we take a short visit to newly renovated Shan Tang Street. In the early evening, we travel back to Shanghai by coach.
Day 09 Shanghai/Australia (B)
Free at leisure for last minute shopping in Shanghai or further explore this booming city on your own pace, prior to transferred to the airport for your flight QF130 back to Australia.
Day 10 Australia
Morning arrive in Australia 0730.

Posted by plomeley 10:44 Archived in Australia Tagged preparation

Have Tickets will Travel

For a few weeks we had been planning a short break on a tropical island somewhere (Samoa, Sabah or similar) but we were having trouble deciding. Then I saw a "special" offer in the paper for 5 days in China for $999. Janet was instantly more interested and attentive. We finally opted for a more expensive tour of 9 days for about $2500 ea (including all taxes, accommodation, entry fees, transfers etc). So I rustled up the cash and Visa Applications while Janet was visiting her folks.
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When she returned to Sydney, Janet was finally able to pick up e-tickets and natty little back-packs (Hotel Vouchers etc held by tour guide. Errr, a bit nervous about that...). I collected some language books to try and improve my "Nee How" into something more elaborate. We are both starting to get excited about prospects...

Posted by plomeley 15:07 Archived in Australia Tagged preparation

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