Tagged With "Beijing"

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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 24, 2014: Beijing Olympic Park

DrFumblefinger ·
DrY, I see you've taken several young members of the Canadian Olympic team to Beijing. Their athletic potential is apparent!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 24, 2014: Beijing Olympic Park

Dr.Y ·
Ha Ha DrFumblefinger, Yep, we're working on it .
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 24, 2014: Beijing Olympic Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Your son has the "shot put pose" down perfectly!
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Re: American Agrees to Honor 'Mistake Fares' to China

Travel Rob ·
I've followed airfares for years and I can't tell when it's a great unadvertised fare or a promotion vs some kind of mistake fare. The ticket being free or nearly free doesn't necessarily mean it's a mistake.
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Re: American Agrees to Honor 'Mistake Fares' to China

DrFumblefinger ·
I'm glad they're honoring the mistake, but a $20 fare to China has to be a mistake, Rob. But I'd gamble the 20 for the chance to see it.
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Re: American Agrees to Honor 'Mistake Fares' to China

Travel Rob ·
I've seen free fares that were not a mistake and also super sales for promotional purposes. For instance, United couldn't possibly of made money on the $150rt fare from NY-LA we posted earlier this year. I guess my question is it for the passengers to decide before they buy if its a mistake?
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Re: The newest, biggest, bestest airport: Aren't they all?

GarryRF ·
I often find that better facilities and more relaxing just mean they've added a shopping mall and an entertainment area to extract more money between gates. So I now have further to walk - and drag my carry-on to get to the gate. Maybe developers see us customers as "Lambs to the slaughter" Squeeze us - until our pockets run dry. I'd be happy if all those moving walkways worked. The cartoon Jetsons never had a problem with them in the 60s. Before they were even invented I think ! Vey...
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Re: The newest, biggest, bestest airport: Aren't they all?

PortMoresby ·
I confess to a preference for developing world airports - small, simple, friendly places, like the towns they get us to when we choose to fly at all. I realize that I'll likely need to go through one or 2 of these urban behemoths to get to them, and then I'm reminded I'm on the right track again when baggage claim is a few steps into the building and it's a couple of guys who just pushed a cart to an opening in the wall and I can still see the plane.
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Re: The newest, biggest, bestest airport: Aren't they all?

DrFumblefinger ·
It's a nicely researched and well-written piece, PHeymont. Thanks. I'm with PortMoresby, though. Given a choice, I'd rather travel to a smaller airport, and avoid these mega-hubs if at all possible. I know at some level you agree with this (based on some of your past comments on Heathrow for example).
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Re: The newest, biggest, bestest airport: Aren't they all?

PHeymont ·
Far from Third World except In the minds of Gov. Cuomo and Joe Biden, but Laguardia is my favorite NY airport precisely because it's so much smaller.
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Re: The Forbidden City - Beijing China

PHeymont ·
Interesting your comparison to Versailles, on size (which omits the gardens, of course). The comparison that came to my mind was Topkapi, in Istanbul, where a series of courtyards encloses a huge space, with increasingly restricted access to each. In the first courtyard there were troops, palace services and more; the second was restricted to government officials and prominent visitors, in the third only the highest officials of the Sultan and in the last, only the family and its servants.
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Re: The Forbidden City - Beijing China

DrFumblefinger ·
That's a fascinating visit, Jonathan, thanks for sharing it. I can easily see where you'd have wanted a full day to explore the amazing architecture of the place -- and everything else!
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787 Dreamliner Changing the China-US Market

PHeymont ·
Hainan Airlines has just begin Boston to Beijing non-stop service, a nearly 6500-mile route made possible by the extended range and fuel economy of the 787. As the Dreamliner comes into service on more airlines, more of these very-long-distance...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 24, 2014: Beijing Olympic Park

Dr.Y ·
  In 2008, Beijing hosted the Summer Olympic Games.  The spotlight was focused on the country.  The whole nation showed tremendous enthusiasm and put on great efforts for the event which was the first for the country.   The...
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Barcelona-Vienna-Beijing Route Coming Soon

PHeymont ·
Air China is launching a new long-distance route from Barcelona to Beijing, with one stop in Vienna, hoping to catch the two big waves of Chinese tourists heading for Europe and Europeans visiting China. Details  HERE
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More U.S.-China flights arriving (and leaving)

PHeymont ·
Air service between the East Coast and China continues to grow, along with Chinese overseas tourism and U.S. travel to China. Among the latest, Cathay Pacific just launched a daily round-trip between Newark Liberty and Hong Kong; it already has...
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The Forbidden City - Beijing China

Jonathan L ·
Here is the thing about The Forbidden City. It is unlike the European castles that I have visited, which can pack more opulence in a square foot than the eye can take in. What is truly overwhelming is the way that open space and size has been used...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 21, 2015: The Summer Palace, Beijing China

Jonathan L ·
The Summer Palace was the Emperor's retreat for over two hundred years. It also became the prison of one emperor. The Empress Dowager Cixi imprisoned her son here when he tried to institue reforms in 1898. Above is a detail from The Long Corridor. The...
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Tiananmen Square - Beijing China

Jonathan L ·
Those who know me know that I really don’t like being on a tour. Usually I would rather stay home than be rushed from place to place with no time to really explore a city. But traveling to Beijing with a group of 21 high school students, 3 other...
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Temple of Heaven - Beijing China

Jonathan L ·
  One of the places that I felt most comfortable during my trip to Beijing was at the Temple Of Heaven and its surrounding park. The Park sits just north of the 2nd Ring Road and the city canal and is about 4.5 km south of Tiananmen Square....
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China ramps up anti-smoking fight with new bans

PHeymont ·
China is the world's largest tobacco consumer, and has sometimes seemed the country most resistant to curbing its use—but last week its capital city, Beijing, banned smoking in restaurants, offices and on public transport, as well as near...
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The Great Wall of China

Jonathan L ·
Yes, there is all of the hype of The Great Wall being one of the Seven Wonders of the World. But The Great Wall out does the hype. It is awe inspiring. Built between 1360 and 1650 AD it was never effective at keeping out invaders, it serves as a...
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The Temple of Heaven, Beijing China (Where Gumbo was #180)

Jonathan L ·
Gumbo spent the past week visiting Tian Tian Park and the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China
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American adds DFW-Beijing and Asia mileage bonuses

PHeymont ·
Looking to build up its Asia business and partnerships, American Airlines is offering a double-miles promotion on its flights from the U.S. to Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong, as well as on many intra-Asia routes served with its partner, JAL.  MORE...
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AA announces its first Dreamliner routes

PHeymont ·
American Airlines, which last month took possession of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner, has announced first routes. Starting May 7, it will take over a DFW to Chicago route, and on June 2, it will start using 787s on DFW-Beijing flights. DFW-Buenos...
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Beijing sees world-record 3-D painting

PHeymont ·
Longer than 4 football fields, this gigantic painting is on Wangfujing street in Beijing. It was created by 20 artists, working for 60 days, and has now been certified by Guinness as the world's record. For more pictures, click  HERE
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American Agrees to Honor 'Mistake Fares' to China

Travel Rob ·
 A deal between the Transportation Department and American Airlines resulted in 1,634 travelers getting  either nearly free flights or reduced business-class tickets to China. Travel must be completed during the next year....
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The newest, biggest, bestest airport: Aren't they all?

PHeymont ·
Market hall at Frankfurt's Terminal 3, now under construction.   There seems to be a wave of airport building and airport expansion across the globe these days, and all of them boast of the wonderful future and wonderful facilities to come....
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China jumps into growing Cuba market with Beijing flight

PHeymont ·
Air China has opened a new route for Chinese tourism and influence with a direct flight from Beijing to Havana, with a stopover in Montreal. Service began yesterday, using a 777-300ER. For Air China, it's an expansion that gives the state-owned carrier routes to all six inhabited continents, and opens a new destination for Chinese tourists and trade, and adds to the airline's direct Canada service as well. The first flight took off after ceremonies and speeches by Chinese and Cuban...
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Expats: Where can you afford to live?

PHeymont ·
Downtown Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan—cheapest city for ex-pats       Photo: Intergelpo   If you've ever thought of living or working in Europe (and which of us hasn't at some point, even those who live in a different part of Europe)...
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AA teases West Texas with 787 dry runs

PHeymont ·
When an airline gets a new type of plane for the first time, its pilots need to learn to fly it. And no matter how many hours go into work on a simulator, there's no substitute for the real experience.   Case in point: American Airlines got its...
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Boston Gains More International Routes

PHeymont ·
Boston's Logan Airport is becoming more of an international hub, with 13 new international routes in past couple of years. The latest is an El Al-operated route to Tel Aviv that will begin this summer. Other recent additions include a Dreamliner...
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Western U.S. cities getting new connections

PHeymont ·
Los Angeles is Austrian Airlines' newest destination, while Las Vegas adds a second direct flight to Asia, its first to China.
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9 Reasons to Study Abroad in Beijing

Becca889 ·
Studying abroad is a popular way to break up a tertiary qualification and gain new life experiences, and the list of potential destinations for students is full of opportunity. Destinations in Asia might be overlooked in favour of European hotspots like France or Germany, but China has the culture and history to make any exchange experience memorable. The nation’s capital, Beijing, is the place to go for most students, and for a number of good reasons. It’s low-cost The cost of living is...
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