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Shanghai Departure: May 18

Goodbye China It's Been Great!

rain -24 °C

We packed our bags with our purchases and managed to fit them all in our luggage. Packing light to come to China turned out to be a great idea. We had another wonderful buffet breakfast at the hotel then boarded the bus for an optional experience. We paid extra to have the bus take us to the Maglev train for a ride to the airport and back. It's a 30 km trip that takes only seven minutes because the train reaches a speed of 431 km per hour. It is the only commercial magnetic train in the world and cost 4 billion dollars to construct.

We then had them take us to the knock-off mall for shopping. Dan and I were all out of funds (we even brought a sandwich from the hotel buffet for our lunch) so we just had fun looking around. It was quite the experience. You barter for everything because if you don't you've paid too much.

Our China experience complete, we headed to the airport for our 14 1/2 hour flight home. Because of the twelve hour time difference, we'll arrive in Toronto just a couple hours after our departure time from China.

Note: We've arrived home safe and sound. The first 45 minutes of the flight was one of the most turbulent we've experienced but, after that, it was a beautiful smooth flight. Our apologies for the failure to post these blogs from China. We had a great deal of difficulty with the WIFI. It was available in the five-star hotels we stayed at but we had only intermittent connection. Just for interest, Google and Gmail are banned in China. We had a wonderful experience but, as always, it's good to be home.

Posted by jkroetsch 13:28 Archived in China

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