China Tour Photo Album
The longest Total Solar Eclipse of this century appeared in China July 22nd. It was about 2 1/2 hours from the first contact to the end and the total eclipse lasted about 6 minutes. We were on the bus ready to go at 4:00 am. This was the first time our tour guides did anything on time. We left Hangzhou at 4:15 am. When we arrived at the reservoir two and half hours later, the parking lot was either half empty or half full. (And they wanted to leave at 6:00 am).
Tropical Sails Corp choose the right position, far from city and on a high altitude and wide places to avoid the rain and thick clouds in summer, and we give thanks for the co-operation of the weather. Three Chinese students at Hangzhou Senior High School traveled 1400 km along the eclipse path with gps equipment. Tianhuangpig reservoir near Anji, Zhejiang province is where Tropical Sails Corp observed the eclipse in a semi private marked off section on the dam. This was the number one site suggested by the students in their small publication.
What an exciting and perfect morning! The satellite image was clear at 3:00 am where we were going. The forecast was for showers and rain. As we climbed to 960 meters, all that was left were thin, wispy clouds, resembling fog.
“Richard Mankowski, 61, of the US, had brought a chair all the way from Hangzhou to enjoy the eclipse “in a comfortable way.” “The whole eclipse will last more than two hours. Why not? Asked Makowski. Most of his 53 traveling companions from Tropical Sails Corp also brought their own.”
From China Daily, English language newspaper.
Pre eclipse activities were spotty. The sun passed over clouds. On time the diamond ring burst on to the scene. Six minutes of glory and brilliant sunset on the north and south lit up the valley. The sky was very very dark. The moon’s shadow passed from west to east. The big black dot just hung in the sky with all its majesty. The second diamond ring was followed by cheers, great relief and champagne. Our video and photos turned out fantastic.
July 10. Early arrival date to catch up on sleep. Evening on your own.
July 11. Meet the local guide and introduction to China. Afternoon tours: Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven (B/L/D) Overnight in Beijing
July 12. Great Wall. After lunch you will travel some 50 km northwest of Beijing to the Sacred Way, Ming Tombs. (B/L/D) Overnight in Beijing
July 13. Summer Palace, Yonghegong Lamasery, other sites. (B/L/D) Beijing.
July 14. This morning we will take an internal flight to the ancient former capital city of Xi’an, and visit the ancient Xi’an City Wall. (B/L/D) Overnight in Xi’an
July 15. Terracotta Warriors Museum. Provincial History Museum , Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Deluxe Tang Dynasty Dinner Show where fine food and spectacular entertainment bring another outstanding day to a close. (B/L/D) Overnight in Xi’an
July 16. Tai Chi Chuan, Forest of Stone Steles Museum, the Great Mosque. In the afternoon take flight from Xi’an to Chongqing. Dinner tonight will be Sichuan style at one of the best local restaurants, then afterwards we join the cruise ship and spend the night on-board before starting our river cruise. (B/L/D)
July 17. Yangtze River at the start of the river voyage During the relaxing morning, you can enjoy all the sights of the river. After lunch we will make a stop for a visit to the Ghost City of Fengdu. (B/L/D) Overnight on board
July 18. As you progress along the mighty river, you arrive at Badong, here you will transfer to a small junk and explore the Shennong Stream. Afterwards we go back on board and have dinner. (B/L/D) Overnight on board
July 19 Today we will arrive at Sandouping and see the Three Gorges Dam Project. Meet the local guide and transfer to the airport to take flight to Shanghai. (B/L/D) Shanghai
July 20 Shanghai Museum on People’s Square with its fine collection of cultural relics. Then we will visit the Yuyuan Garden. Next comes The Bund, and the TV Tower of the Oriental Pearl and the 88-story Jin Mao building. (B/L/D) Overnight in Shanghai
July 21. In the morning take coach to Hangzhou. Free afternoon (B/L/D)
July 22 In the morning enjoy observations of Sun Phenomenon of Total Solar Eclipse in or near Anji, Zhejiang at the Tianhuangping reservoir. (B/L/D) Suzhou.
July 23. Visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden (Zhouzheng Yuan) Visit the Garden of the Master of the Net, cruise on the ancient canal. (B/L/D) Overnight in Shanghai.
July 24. After breakfast transfer to Shanghai airport as needed. Take flights east or fly to Beijing for flights east. Optional 2 night Hong Kong extension.