Enduring the Tour

Organized tours are a great way to see the world. But when you visit a large country like China, tour companies want provide the best experience possible. Consequently, that means having a hectic schedule that can result in fatigue. Here is a sample of three of the most challenging days on the tour.

On Friday evening we ended our three days of touring in Beijing then we boarded a 6:00 pm flight to Xi’an. We arrived at out destination about two hours later and by the time we retrieved our luggage and travelled to our hotel it was 10:30pm. The next morning we had a 7:00am morning wake up call and we were on the bus by 8:30 for a full day of more touring and attending cultural events.

When finally heading back to the hotel at about 10:30pm we were told we had a an 8:00am flight to Shanghai. This meant having our luggage packed and outside our room door at 11:30pm for pick up to be transported to the airport before getting to bed. We were back on the bus by 5:30am the next morning.  So our sleep for the night was limited to about five hours.

Upon arriving in Shanghai and clearing the airport we boarded our bus for the commute into the city.  Lunch, sightseeing, free time for shopping in one the world’s busiest shopping districts filled the afternoon. We then had an early dinner and we gratefully checked into our hotel at about 7:00pm so we would have time to regroup for the next day by doing a bit of laundry and repacking.

This morning we were up at 6:30am to get ready for another 12 hour day of exploring this part of China before we take another flight to another city tomorrow morning.

So the pace is challenging but we’ll worth the sacrifice to experience the incredible country and its people.

Given the schedule there is not much time to write. Also internet access is limited. Consequently more detailed information and pictures will have to wait until we get home.

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