Stranded at 香港 Hongkong and Hangzhou — FZCJ Day 02 # China

Arrive at Hongkong at 09:20, we surely missed the flight. A lot of people missed their flight, for example those who has continue flight to Seoul. But they are a big group, almost 30 people. So, the plane is waiting for them. We are only 8 people T___T ~cry

Once entering the waiting hall, the staff from Cathay has already call us “Changsa.. Changsa..” and then they take us to the nearest transit hall and give us 2 option.

  1. Stay at Hongkong, then go to Changsa with next day flight (they already hold the ticket).
  2. Continue the journey, but they will re-route our route. We will first go to Hangzhou with Dragon Air at 12:25-14:40, then continue to Changsa with local flight at 15:40-17:05.

We choose the 2nd option, because surely we can’t do anything in Hongkong (only transit in hotel), so it’s better if we today arrive at Changsa.

They give us lunch voucher at Hongkong International Airport. Then after eating lunch, we go to waiting hall.

And you know what, the flight got delayed again ~cry. We depart from Hongkong 13:00 and arrive at Hangzhou at 15:30, so we missed the flight to Changsa again. Haha… ~lol, I really don’t know am I should cry or laugh

Arrive at Hangzhou, the staff from Cathay Pasific has already waiting for us. They assist us to domestic terminal, then give us the flight ticket to Changsa at 23:30 and give us afternoon tea voucher for 90 RMB.

We eat dinner at Kungfu Restaurant then waiting for check-in counter to open at 20:30.

Then at 23:30 we depart to Changsa, and arrive at 01:15. We got a business class at Eastern China Airlines.

Our local guide has already waiting for us at Changsa. And he take us to Xiang Rong Hotel to rest.

It’s really a long journey to start a trip. haha.. But, I will always remember this memory, 33 hours Airport to Airport trip. This is precious, especially when you stranded at airport with you brothers and cousins Lol~~ (and it won’t happen twice). Life is unpredictable.

I applaud and grateful for Cathay Pasific for their best service to help us for the transit even the delayed because of storm (and not their fault).

From Jakarta to Changsha by Cathay Pasific — FZCJ Trip Day 01 # China

This trip is organized by my cousin’s friends and my cousin as the tour leader.
Fenghuang – Zhangjiajie – Chengdu – Jiuzhaigou (FZCJ) trip for 10th days, organized by Lumba-Lumba Tour & Travel Surabaya, with cost USD 2.980/pax (depart from Jakarta) by Cathay Pasific.

The additional cost:

  • China Visa: IDR 590.000/pax
  • Jakarta International Airporttax: IDR 150.000/pax

The price is quiet expensive because it’s high season and long holiday in Indonesia.

At 13:00, we depart using Damri Shuttle from Hotel Wisata to Adisucipto International Airport. It cost IDR 35.000/pax.

At 14:18 we arrive at Adisucipto International Airport Yogyakarta then proceed to check-in counter. 

We are flying with Garuda from Yogyakarta (JOG) to Jakarta (CGK).  Our flight is at 17:15-18:15 with rate IDR 505.000/pax. We arrived at airport too early, but because it’s Indonesia Big Holiday, we are affraid if there’s a traffic. So it’s better to go early than missing flight.

There’s a delay, we depart at 18:20, and arrive at Jakarta at 19:35. Then we go to International Departure to check our flight and we still can’t check-in yet.
Then, my other cousin that stay at Jakarta, take us to eat dinner at Smokey Ribs at PIK Jakarta.

At 23:00 we arrive at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Terminal 2 again, and when we check the flight time, there’s a notice that our flight to Changsa will depart at 4 o’clock. Actually, our flight time should be at 23:55 around that time. But earlier we got notice via sms that it’s already delay 2 hours become 13:55. And now delay again 2 hours become 15:55. 

We heard that there’s a big storm at Hongkong and surround and it makes our plane depart late from Hongkong to Jakarta. Not only our plane, but all of the plane got a delayed.

And the big problem is, we should arrive in Hongkong at 05:20. Then continue our flight at 09:15. But because this delayed problem, we will arrive in Hongkong at 09:20 which means we will missed our flight. The staff at counter check-in help us to call Hongkong Airport and she said, the staff at Hongkong Airport will give us option when we arrived there.

Then at 15:55, we depart to Hongkong. So this is the start of the longest departure, we spend almost 33 hours to depart haha..

Trip to Beidaihe Seaside Scenic Area 北戴河风景区, Qinhuang City 秦皇市 D2 # Hebei – China

Good Morning.. Some of my friends back already. Now it’s time to roaming another place.

Still the weather is bad, cloudy and no sunshine. But because we are together, then everything is fun. The wind is strong, and it’s a little cold.

In the afternoon, we go to train station to go back to Beijing.

Trip to Beidaihe Seaside Scenic Area 北戴河风景区, Qinhuang City 秦皇市 D1 # Hebei – China

It’s another weekend. We decided to go to the beach and one of my friends suggest to go to Beidaihe Scenic Area 北戴河风景区 beidaihe fengjing qu.

Beidaihe Scenic Area 北戴河风景区 (travel china guide) is a famous summer resort. It is located in the southwest of Qinhuangdao 秦皇岛 City. Its coastline, seaside attractions and convenient transportation all make it a popular destination for travelers. The region around Qinhuangdao 秦皇岛has a temperate climate, with a monsoon cycle and four distinct seasons. It is neither too hot in the summer nor too cold in winter. On average, there are only about 8 days a year when temperatures reach 86F or higher. The lowest average temperatures rarely reach below 50F, even in the winter, thanks to the Bohai Sea currents. This makes Beidaihe 北戴河 convenient to visit year-round, although the best times to visit are from May to October.

We go there by train, I’m sorry I forgot the train timetable in that time. I just remember we need 4-5 hours to go there. We buy the ticket go show. We are 11 people.

We plan to go back on 3rd June morning, but it’s full. Only there’s about 5 seat. So some of my friends go back first, then the rest will go back at 3rd June night.

Arrive at Beidaihe, we eat lunch first, and of course we plan to eat seafood. Beach means seafood time.

Then we go to the beach. Too bad, it has a bad weather so no sunshine and cloudy. We can’t go to the beach too because the weather is bad, and the wave is big.

At night, we go around the city and it’s beautiful. Then back to hotel to rest. Some of us have to sleep early because have to go to train station in early morning.

But, one of my friend get drunk and disturb all of us. She has some problem so withour our notice, she drink a lot of beer.

So some of girl team who need to go back early, sleep in other room. And I have to sleep in the same room with the drunk girl, to control her. Hais… But that’s the friend are for, hope she will get better in the next morning. Even tough I can’t sleep enough.

The Place Shopping Mall 世贸天阶 (1) # Beijing – China

It’s weekend, and some of our friends (boys team) go to Wangba. So we, girls team will go shopping. This time, we will visit The Palace Shopping Mall 世贸天阶 Shi mao tian jie. (credit)

Beijing’s funkiest new mall is easy to spot thanks to the digital canopy that sweeps over its central outdoor plaza – the biggest LED screen in Asia would you believe. However if you find the butterflies and seascapes that flash up on it all a bit too much, head straight indoors to the tri-level mall which houses Spanish fashion chain Zara and Canadian shoe retailer Aldo’s flagship store.

Other outlets include Potato and Co., Folli Follie, French Connection, i.t, Miss Sixty, Adidas, MAC cosmetics, Promod, Patricia, Puma, Rolex, and the English-language Chapterhouse bookshop. The Place is mainly composed of the huge screen in the middle and two luxury buildings on its two sides. People walk around under the screen enjoying the space art, high technique, and lighting.

The Place is also a place for luxury shopping and a gourmet experience. There are several open-air bars for you to relax. The Place is a blend of shopping mall, office building, space art and fashion. The Place is designed by Jeremy Railton. He is also the designer for the world’s largest digital screen in Las Vegas. Two four-story malls house Tourneau, China’s largest watch boutique, D&G, Ferrari and English-language bookstore Chaterhouse.

Address: 9 Guanghua Lu, Beijing 朝阳区光华路甲9号

Opening time: 10am – 10pm.

Website: www.theplace.cn.

How to go there? Take subway line 1 and get off at the station of Yonganli (永安里), exit from exit B, then walk to the north along Dongdaqiao Road (东大桥路). After the first crossroad, you will see the Place on your right.

Karaoke at Party World (1) # Beijing – China

When we go to Yong He Gong, we often see this Karaoke place. The place is so elegance, so this time, we decided to go there.

The place name is Party World 钱柜 qian gui. Party World is one of the biggest KTV centers in Beijing. It features magnificent decoration and high level of service. The clerks there are always polite, friendly, and ready to serve you. And it has a big database of songs. Most of them are Chinese songs. There are English songs, too. It is equipped with high-quality stereo equipment and its sound effect is splendid. One who is able to carry a tune can sing like a pop singer. It also offers delicious buffet dinner and beverage free. The buffet dinner covers varieties of food, such as rice, noodles, cake, cookies, etc. If you do not like Chinese food, you are also allowed to bring your own food.

This place is surely amazing, and very high level. Even a little expensive for a student, but as long as we didn’t go there often I think it is still okay.

I go here with my classmate. And we really have fun in here.

Five Colors Lake Huanglong # Sichuan – China

Today, we will visit 黄龙 Huanglong. Actually, I didn’t have any imaginary about 黄龙 Huanglong before, but because it’s included in the trip, so we just go there. And surely, I won’t regret it.

It is one of UNESCO Heritage Site, altitude between 1700m-5588m.

We have to walk around 2-3 hours to go the peak, actually you can ride cable car to go up but the cable car station is not the same as the car parking. So usually, travel agent didn’t suggest it.

The view from the entrance to the peak is surely beautiful.

But just as reminder, please go to trekking first until the peak, and enjoy the scene while you go down. Otherwise, you won’t make it to the peak.

We will see this building before continue trekking.

Then the road is going up, but the view in the front is very beautiful. I think, we walk at the old path of Huanglong.

There’s a Five Colors Lake 五彩池 wu cai chi in the peak. You will arrive in a temple as entrance to the lake.

Finally, we arrive at Five Colors Lake. It’s very beautiful.

After take some photos, we go down using the new path. The new path has the good road, which we can enjoy the scene while go down / up. And there’s a waterfall too.

Going down is faster than to go up. Fortunately, we have more than 4 hours in here. One day, surely I want to go back here, maybe in different season.

Ohh, don’t forget, maybe some of you will need additional oxygen tube because the air is very thin. And the location is very high.

Beautiful Jiuzhaigou, you have to visit this place at least 1 time in your life # Sichuan – China

Finally, we will visit the famous 九寨沟 Jiuzhaigou today. The guide and driver pick us at the hotel, then we go to 九寨沟 Jiuzhaigou National Park.

Wo go around using Jiuzhaigou Shuttle Bus and the guide will always follow us. At first, we go to the farthest. From the entrance to the farthest, we saw many beautiful lake.

Actually, I didn’t pay attention to the name of each lake and attraction place. But every lake and stop point is very beautiful. It’s just, we go there when Wuyi Holiday so there’s so many people. But Jiuzhaigou is very beautiful, so it’s worth to visit.

I went there in spring (early May). I heard that in autumn, the scenery is very beautiful. I hope next time I could go there again in Autumn.

Arrived at 成都 Chengdu then ride bus to 九寨沟 Jiuzhaigou # Sichuan – China

We arrived at 成都 Chengdu at midnight. Then we check-in to Hotel. We only sleep for few hours, then in the morning, wake up then eat breakfast then ride bus to 九寨沟 Jiuzhaigou. It took approximately 11 hours journey.

We, 18 people, plus 3 Korean friends and the guide. Feels the bus is us, so we can call is our private tour.

The weater is cool at 成都 Chengdu, because it’s early spring. We passed the river, mountain and cliff.

At first, we still can see river and the green tree.

As time goes by, we going uphill and it become colder. We can see snow in the peak.

It’s cold but beautiful. Around the road was cliff. So the driver has to be extra careful. It’s slippery too because of snow.

Finally we arrived at 九寨沟 Jiuzhaigou. We eat dinner at one of 九寨沟 Jiuzhaigou Local’s house while enjoy their singing and dancing. The famous food in here is lamb meat 羊肉 yang rou (lamb meat) and Yak Meat (kind of cow) 牛肉 niu rou with famous spicy powder, Mala 麻辣 from 四川 Sichuan.

Then they teach us to dance. We all follow the dance and wear some local costume. It’s fun, especially I went there with my best friends.

After that, we back to hotel to take a rest.

Wuyi Holiday, Jiuzhaigou Trip with friends # Sichuan – China

In China, there’e 3 long holiday. 1st is Chinese New Year, 2nd is Labor Day at 1st May, and 3rd is China’s Independent Day 1st October.

The 1st May is coming, and we have 1 week holiday. Today, is the last day of our school. So we decided to join tour to Jiuzhaigou. We take tour from some travel agent which open at the ground floor of our dorm.

Me and my friends, there’s 18 people, gathering at the dorm lobby in the afternoon, then take bus to Beijing Capital International Airport. The shuttle bus already include in the tour.

During our ride, we passed some road that we seldom go.

We arrived at Chengdu at night. And because this is a cheap tour, don’t expect some 4/5 stars hotel. 🙂 It’s really different with one that you take tour from your country. It’s local tour, with Chinese Guide.

Time to sleep and ready for the next day.