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The Great Wall: Turning a Mileage Run into a Family Holiday

On a recent mileage run (our first as a family) we took advantage of some $450 mistake fares in Business Class from Washington DC to Beijing, China. This mileage run was stretched out just slightly longer than a typical 1-2 day turn to a 3 night / 5 day run (Wed-Sun). With such little time on the ...

Introducing Jimmy Chan and the Grand Hyatt Macau

It was our first visit to Macau (my 40th or 45th country depending on whom you ask and what they consider a country). Naturally, it was also our first stay in the Grand Hyatt Macau.  
First Impressions
The drive up is impressive and the lobby even more so.  It was ...

How to Get a 10 Year Chinese Tourist Visa

If you have ever wanted to visit China, now would be a pretty good time to make that happen. Many airlines have increased capacity and added new routes to/from several Chinese cities and airfares have never been more reasonable to this incredible country. And it's not just getting to China ...

Great Drone Tour of Hong Kong outskirts

I came across this today courtesy of Gizmodo.  The context is unnecessary (transferring chocolate across the territory by drone) and a little corny.  The views however, are outstanding! For those that have not yet been to HK, here is a little view as to why you should leave work right now ...

Air China to Montreal and Havana in 2015: a case study in Guanxi?

Earlier this week, stated-owned Chinese flag carrier Air China announced intentions to commence a salvo of new routes from its Beijing hub to expand its long-haul network in Asia, Africa, Oceania and North America in 2015. Among the list of new destinations Air China wishes to serve from ...

Air China First Class Review - Los Angeles to Beijing, Boeing 777-300ER

Okay, so let’s address the obvious question. . . Why on earth would I want to fly Air China??? I know. I know. I must have heard that question a dozen times when I told people I was flying Air China to Beijing. Everyone warned me that Air China was a terrible airline and my flight would be ...

Hotel Review: Westin Bund Center Shanghai, China

Shanghai is China’s largest city by population and is the country’s global financial hub. Situated along the Yangtze River in East China, Shanghai is a major metropolitan city with high-rise commercial buildings, beautiful architecture and an amazing skyline that rivals the likes of New ...

Shanghai Psychos

This is why I love travel.  A video has been floating around from some Ukrainians that sneak into a skyscraper under construction and climb to the top.  I'm not ruining the video by saying that as far as you consider the top to be, they go further. As a side note - this also fuels my ...

How to Visit China Without a Visa

So you want to visit China without a visa? Well, you're in luck. Starting January 1, 2014, you can travel to and visit the following cities in China without a visa for up to 72 hours (3 days):
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou Shenyang Dalian Chengdu Chongqing So basically, they want your ...

United's new Chengdu route has major implications

The recent network developments in the US-China space have more groundbreaking implications than may appear on paper. A simple rehash of occurences within the past two weeks provides a good starting framework. 
Two weeks ago, Delta Air Lines unveiled plans to launch a nonstop flight from ...

New United Airlines Transpac Route from SFO: Chengdu

United Airlines will announce a new transpacific longhaul route from San Francisco tomorrow and an insider tells me the new destination will be to Chengdu (CTU).

Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province in Southwest China and home to more than 14,000,000 people. 80% of the world's pandas live in the Sichuan province and Chengdu is an Air China hub and also served by other Star Alliance carriers including ANA, Asiana, Thai, and EVA.

The flight will purportedly be operated three times weekly by a 787 aircraft beginning in June 2014. More details after the official announcement...

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How far would you go to avoid a luggage up-charge?

Baggage fees have certainly become one of the big bugaboos of the travel industry over the last several years. Airlines have gone from offering two free bags to one free bag to no free bags, with notable exceptions like Southwest's "Bags Fly Free" promotion. Some airlines also offer free checked ...

Forget 4 Miles to Hong Kong - I'm Taking You There Free!

Boy did we have an exciting week last week trying to secure those HK tickets for 4 miles and $35?  Some are still holding out hope, some have given up.  For those that have kissed this one goodbye, this week is for you.  By coincidence, the Sherpa and Sherpstress were in Hong Kong last week ...

Mixing Business and Pleasure in Beijing - Part 4 - Dinner at Duck de Chine

Part 4 - Dinner at Duck de Chine
When in Beijing (f/k/a to Westerners as Peking), make sure to try a good Peking Duck.  (Also make sure to order it in advance!)
The first night my client arrived, I took him his son (who was traveling with him) to Duck de Chine. I'd heard of the ...