- Brandon Checketts
- On April 21, 2015
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Today has been mostly about getting from Guangzhou to Shanghai. Our travel agent had arranged for a guide and shuttle to pick us up at our hotel at 7 a.m. for a 30-minute ride to the airport to catch our flight at 9:30 a.m. We weren’t sure if the guide was necessary since we had gotten pretty good at navigating the metro. We got to the airport in plenty of time only to learn that the flight was delayed until 3:30 pm which was very disappointing to think that we’d be sitting in the airport all day.
There were a couple of flights on other airlines that were going to Shanghai before the 3:30 p.m. flight. We could opt to go standby on a 1:30 p.m. flight, but we weren’t thrilled with that idea since it meant basically having to stay at the airport until then to try to get on the flight–plus it was doubtful that all six of us would make it on.
Some of the airlines that had flights in the morning had mobs of people surrounding the ticket counters, presumably from other people on our delayed flight trying to get onboard. Our tour guide seemed to prove her usefulness when she managed to somehow get to the front of the crowd and somehow got all six of us tickets aboard a flight that was scheduled to depart at 9:30 a.m. We got our tickets at 8:55 a.m. and the flight started boarding at 9, we literally ran through the immense airport to get to our gate on time. After waiting for about an hour and a half on the runway, we eventually took off and arrived in Shanghai a few hours later.
In retrospect, I’m wondering if the whole bit about the flight being delayed was some kind of scam since the flight we ended up boarding was at the same time as the one we had scheduled. I don’t think we paid her any more, but I’ll have to investigate that a bit.
With our rush to get aboard the plane, a couple people’s bags didn’t make it on the flight, so we spent a while at the Shanghai airport to arrange for the bags to be delivered to our hotel after they arrived.
We had a tour guide who had been waiting several hours for us at the airport. After sorting out the missing bags and meeting our guide, we took a shuttle to our hotel. Shanghai is one of the largest cities in the world with 24 million people. There are hundreds (maybe into the thousands) of what we would call “Skyscrapers” with 40 to 50 floors. And the city boasts three of the largest buildings in the world – the Jin Mao Tower, the Shanghai World Financial Center and the soon-to-open Shanghai Tower, all within a couple blocks of each other.
We are staying at the Mariott Renaissance near the “Old Chinatown” part of Shanghai which is very touristy. After dropping off our luggage, we went out into the touristy area of shops and such for a couple of hours before coming back to the hotel and crashing for the night.
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