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Old 07-04-2008, 12:28 PM   #16
Traveling Tinkerbell
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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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