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Old 07-04-2008, 01:28 PM   #16
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Thanks for posting WeLoveABD. It has inspired us to write more—

Day 9
We left the hotel at 8:45am for a short ride to Fuxin Park where we met up with 2 instructors to demonstrate fan dancing and knife dancing art. We all got to participate & everyone enjoyed this. The fan dancing was much harder with the graceful steps needed to complete the dance. Then we drove to the Yu Gardens. This was full of temples, pavilion , bridges and ponds, (lots of haggling too). This was the most crowded market in China (only because the beggars were on top of you every where you went- ah!). Lunch was a short drive away served on the 54th floor of the Jin Mao Tower that had a great view of Shanghai. Later we drove to the Children’s Palace and had a wonderful reception by the kindergarten class. Their songs were so cute! (This was my older dd’s favorite part of the entire trip!!). We were on our own for dinner so we shopped a bit and then had room service for dinner. We couldn’t eat much though since ABD feeds us like we haven’t ever seen food before!!

Day 10: Shanghai A La Carte
Most of this day was free time. Our guides gave us lots of good ideas on how to spend our day in the city. We decided to see the Jade Buddha Temple first. It had 3 of the biggest Buddha’s we had ever seen. Lots of people were burning incense and praying. After many pictures we rode a taxi to the fashion market. It was not near as exciting as the markets in Beijing so we walked along the Nanjing Road. The girls found a Pizzs Hut for lunch (what a difference from all the Chinese food!!!) and then we walked to see the Shanghai Museum. Unfortunately, the line was way too long so we just went in the museum shop before going back to the hotel. Some of the group went to the Science and Technology Museum and I wish we had spent some time there. We packed up before going to an early dinner- Dim Sum- and then to a Chinese acrobatic show. We even got to meet up with some of the performers after! (It was a special treat Disney set up using their famous pixie dust.)

Day 11 Disneyland or Bust!
This day started very early- we had to have our bags out by 5:15am and leave by 6am!!! We were bussed about 30 minutes to ride the high-speed Maglev Train for a 7 minute ride to the airport. It was cool riding 301 km/hr. Our flight to Hong Kong was one hr late leaving because of bad weather in HK. We have been so lucky with suck good weather we sure couldn’t complain. Our guides said we had the best weather of any group! Yay! After landing, it was a short bus ride to the HK Disneyland hotel, but everyone was so antsy to get there that it felt like forever. When we pulled up we were met by a parade of Disney Cast members lined up from the bus to the front of the hotel waving Mickey hands to us!! We were taken into a conference room and greeted by the VP of Disneyland HK and Jasmine, Ambassador of HK Disneyland. What an honour it was to meet them. We had a short and small lunch in there while our guided handed out room keys, park passes, and explained how things would work. Once they let us go we all burst out the doors ready to explore Disneyland HK. Most of us got to the park around 3pm that day. As everyone says, the park is VERY small. It was sprinkling so the new parade was canceled . It’s a Small World was very pretty (also the newest one built), the Lion King costumes were gorgeous (better than the ones in WDW) and there were no lines at Space Mountain (which was amazing)! Our family was lucky to ride SM with our guide, Daisy. She loved it but she was screaming, no doubt, the entire time! Around 8pm the fireworks went off to end the day. They were great, and we are so thankful that we had special seats to view them; practically the entire tour group was there watching them. It was a perfect way to end the day.

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Old 07-04-2008, 02:28 PM   #17
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HK Disneyland

I agree, Disneyland HK is small (like a minature Disneyland CA, our stomping ground)--but what a beautiful setting! The mountains behind the castle were magical--and the landscaping in the park was lush (the line to the Autopia--probably the longest and slowest in the park--was so green and well designed I took a photo of that for the scrapbook). But it is a park pretty do-able in a day, especially with VIP passes and fasttrack tickets you get from ABD. The HK tour the next day was great--I'll leave that to the well-detailed writings above and hopefully below this!--but I went back to HK Disneyland just walk the grounds and take it all in. Our two (David and Ashley) enjoyed the park, but I couldn't get them to go with me for a second look--the pool at the beautiful Disneyland Hotel (with water slide) was a bigger attraction. I'm glad we went when we did--the weather worked out well, and my impressions of China (now based on reality) changed dramatically--for the better. I came away with a sense of hope for the world, and less "us vs them" mentality. To ABD: well done!
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Old 07-06-2008, 06:11 PM   #18
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Day 12 Hong Kong Top To Bottom

Thanks for your input, WeLoveABD! It’s really great to hear someone else’s perspective of the trip.

Day 12 Hong Kong Top To Bottom
The day started with a Character Breakfast and then we boarded the bus for a ride around HK. Unfortunately, it rained most of the time, traffic was bad & the views were limited. We stopped at the Stanley Market for last minute souvenirs, our family ended up buying an extra suitcase! After about two hours at the market, we went to the top of Victoria Peak around 1pm. Soon the rain stopped so we got a stunning view of HK (I wish we had seen it at night too!) We rode a tram down the hill (that was unbelievable, we were almost going straight down, 90 degrees) and then took the Star Ferry (a 2 minute ride) across the harbor to Kowloon. We got back to the hotel around 4pm and given 3 hours on our own. My DH and older DD, Lisa, ran to the park again but my younger DD, Amy, crashed. Our farewell dinner was at 7pm at the hotel and we were met by Mulan. It was hard to believe this wonderful trip was over. This was our first ABD trip but most definitely not our last! Our family had a blast! Our guides were the best and it may be hard to replace Daisy and Dusty. We enjoyed the people in our group and would love to travel with them again. Can’t wait to see what will be offered next year!!

WeLoveABD- It was a delight being with your family for the two weeks in China. Your company was very much appreciated. We can’t wait to hear all about your next ABD trip to London & Paris! What do you plan to do after that!?
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Old 07-06-2008, 06:52 PM   #19
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Time will tell!

Great to see your report--we are printing the whole thing for our scrapbook! Yup--we are now turning our sights to our third ABD trip (London/Paris), which will seem short compared to the two week trip to China! We are adding on two days to see Disneyland Paris, although from reports I have seen we may have extra time--maybe we'll take the train that stops at the park and hit something else in France for a day. We are going to wait and see--weather, crowds, what the park offers etc. As for a trip after that--we are obviously hooked on Disney trips, as they do it all to perfection. We are going to be checking the official site starting Aug 1 for the new trips--and checking this site for rumors! How about you guys?
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Old 07-07-2008, 10:19 AM   #20
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That trip sounds wonderful (London/Paris). We have not been to Disneyland Paris yet. We are waiting for the 2009 list as well but our wish list of adventures are South Africa, Costa Rica, and Ireland. Have a wonderful time
in London/Paris!!!!
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