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Trip Report-Tibet, Everest Base Camp, Venice of China,PVG, PEK,Dubai. CX F,EY F
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May 2012 I did a trip to HKG, Shanghai, Suzhou(Venice of China), Beijing(The Great Wall), Lhasa Tibet, Everest Base Camp,  Kathmandu and Dubai here is the itinerary and report:

Redeemed AA 67.5K First class:
JFK-HKG CX 831 777-300ER Suite 2A
HKG-PVG Dragon Air A333 Business class


Shanghai - Beijing express train @ 190 MPH
PEK- XNN (Xining, China) A320 Paid cash $120 using ctrip.com great site for purchasing tickets within China domestic flights
18 hour train ride  Xining, China to Lhasa, Tibet
from here on this trip is not for the faint of heart, due to high altitude sickness.

 To be able to travel to Tibet, you must hire a tour guide, our tour company took care of our Tibet Visa,Train ticket from China to Tibet all prior to our arrival in China via Email, we  then drove from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp we then  drove from Everest Base Camp to Kathmandu lots of windy roads with no signs and then  checked into the KTM Grand Hyatt paid around $150 for 1  night, we were going to stay in KTM for Shabos, however Wednesday night we got a letter from the Hyatt that due monthly strike in Kathmandu they advise us not to leave the hotel grounds, so it was dangerous to leave the hotel even for shabos, so I decided to call AA and change my itinerary to stop in AUH for shabos which costed me an extra AA 25K :'( Coach for 15K was sold out on Etihad and I really wanted to see Dubai.
 
Redeemed AA 115K First class Award ticket on Etihad Airways:
 
Redeemed AA 115K for EY F:
KTM-AUH EY A333 Business Class
AUH-JFK  EY 101 A340-500 Suite 2K
Long  Stopover in JFK
JFK-LAX AA 767-200 Trash can 1A ;)


JFK BA F Lounge








Pre Departure checklist complete, ready for Pushback and Taxi to RWY 22L


Suite 2A the best seat on the Airplane since you get your own private aisle,  Pjamas and Amenity Kit and hot towel were distributed




The private Aisle from Suite 2A


Only 3 Passengers in F for todays ride to HKG








Regal KSML fish, I did not post pictures of the meat which was not edible


Berries and cream


Johnnie Walker Blue




Tea and Pralines




Cruising over the North Heading true North versus Magnetic North



The North Pole view from Suite 2A, Only in Spring, Summer and a bit of fall can you get a daylight view of the North Pole




CX Signature Kiwi drink plus more Berries and cream


Love Bon Jovi


Full Flatbed




Vegetarian snack


KSML Snack


Fruit Plate


Pre Arrival transfers Information


We then went to the CX Arrivals lounge to get some coffe, Tea and freshen up,then got a cab to the HKG Conrad




View from the Conrad Executive Floor
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Walked around HKG(Not my first time in HKG) then Headed back to the Airport for the Flight to PVG[\b]










Checked into the Pier F Lounge, as the wing F Lounge was being renovated and loved the quite day  room


vegetarian food option in HKG Pier F Lounge






Dragon Air A333 HKG-PVG Buisness Class




Stayed @ the Shangahi Langham Hotel, Walking around Shanghai we Bumped into SHANGHAI TANG store, now we know where CX gets their PJ's :)


PVG








Suzhou is the Venice of China it is about an hour plus drive from Shanghai and well worth a trip there












Train Shangai to Beijing @ 190 MPH










Video of the fast train Shanghai to Beijing

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How long is the flight HKG-PVG?

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So you were at the North Base camp. I would so wish to go there (as well as Tibet in general). It seems like it has way better views of Everest.

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How long is the flight HKG-PVG?

2 Hours

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So you were at the North Base camp. I would so wish to go there (as well as Tibet in general). It seems like it has way better views of Everest.

 The best time to have clear views of Everest is  from late March till late May right before the Monsoon kicks in, which is also the Climbing season. We woke up 6 AM to see the views from right outside our tent.

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Wow this is amazing  :o
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The best time to have clear views of Everest is  from late March till late May right before the Monsoon kicks in, which is also the Climbing season. We woke up 6 AM to see the views from right outside our tent.
Could be on the south side the weather is different as the Trekking season goes until June. We went in April. Woke up before Sunrise to climb Kala Pattar and the views of the mountains WERE stunning, though Everest wasn't the most prominent mountain, it was surrounded by other who, being closer, seemed to overshadow it. The view from the North I understand is much more majestic.

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Beijing Sights Tiananmen Square




















Mao










Beijing food Market, who's hungry?! :)
























Our Hotel, The Raffles Beijing







Dini's Kosher Restaurant Beijing
Matzah ball soup was really good


Spicey Meat yum yum


The Great Wall of China














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I need to get some time off and travel a little more exotic!
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I need to get some time off and travel a little more exotic!
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PEK Hainan Airlines First Class Lounge










PEK-XNN (Xining)
Hainan Airlines 737









XNN Arrivals


Xining City

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Video Train from Xining, China to Lhasa Tibet


18 Hour Train Xining, China to Lhasa Tibet


















Tibetan Plateau




Lhasa Central Train station, no foreigners leave the station without your Tibetan Guide and the Chinese Army is there to enforce this rule




Lhasa Potala Palace






Lhasa Market Cheese


Meat


On the road driving from Lhasa to Mount Everest Base Camp through the Himalayas














Mount Everest Base camp and Mount Everest @ 17000 Feet above sea level












Kathmandu
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Kathamndu Hyatt




The Executive Floor


Lag Baomer in Kathmandu


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