jn82’s Epic Adventure

Day 113 [22 May 09] – Shanghai

Posted in Shanghai by jn82 on May 22, 2009

I cannot update this travel log till I am back in Singapore because apparently, WordPress is blocked by the great firewall of China, i.e. the Chinese government does not allow access to WordPress for both reading and editing/posting purposes. This is really very stupid.

I am in Shanghai now, everything is okay. Slept from 8pm – 12 noon last night as I did not sleep on the flight over from Moscow. A bit of a minor hoo-ha on the plane ride over, which I will try and convey to you now through this chronological series of events:

1. A few days before the flight, a girl from Air China called to say that the airport we were flying into Shanghai from Beijing would be changed from Shanghai Pudong to Shanghai Hongqiao, with no change in the ticketed time of departure and arrival of 9.30am – 11.30am. This is not really a biggie as it is just a different airport in the city. Pudong usually handles the international flights, while Hongqiao handles the domestic ones. As we were transiting in Beijing from Moscow, it would make sense that Hongqiao was the airport we should have been flying into anyway.

2. Upon arrival in Beijing from Moscow around 7.30am, we went to the transit counter after picking up our bags to check in for the Beijing-Shanghai flight. We probably checked in just past 8am and got the new Beijing-Shanghai boarding pass for CA 1995 and checked in the bags. I noticed the boarding pass had the boarding time at 10am, which was weird considering the flight was scheduled to take of at 9.30am. I went to ask the counter girl, and she said the scheduled time for CA 1995 was indeed 10.30am, not 9.30am as was printed in the e-ticket. Ok not a big problem, just an admin error I guessed on the website and from the woman who called us a few days back.

3. After having breakfast at the airport and killing some time, it was around 9.10am when we headed to the gate (a whole 50mins before the scheduled boarding time of 10am), when I noticed on the big tv screen near the gate that the CA 1995 flight at 10.30am was CANCELLED!!! I also noticed that there was another Air China operated flight leaving to Shanghai Hongqiao at 9.30am!!! This is really stupid because the system should have put us on this flight when we booked the ticket. We rushed to the ticket counter and asked what in the world was going on, then they put us on the 9.30am flight and got the bags and all transferred also. Imagine if I had not been so kiasu to head to the gate at 9.10am, I would not be able to get on the 9.30am flight. I think the next flight was sometime around noon or later only! There was absolutely no mention of the cancelled 10.30am flight in the terminal!!! Really so stupid.

Anyway, the Moscow-Beijing flight was also not super. Someone (I am guessing PRC) near us removed their shoes and their sour food odour could be smelt throughout the flight! When we were checking in at Moscow airport, the Chinese have no sense of queues and 10 minutes before the counters opened (when there was already a single queue line formed), they all formed their own queue lines (i.e. just rushed to the front), so what resulted was a big semi-circle radiating from the only entry point to the x-ray machine before the check in counter. This is really stupid because the counters had not even opened and it was 2.5 hours before boarding time, so everyone was really EARLY and not late. Also when boarding the plane, they just all rush to the front when it started to board, just one big mass of people.

I am going to take it easy over the next few days and not do too much.


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  1. Joanne said, on May 22, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Gee, I wonder how you managed to get this post up? 😀

  2. gel said, on May 23, 2009 at 9:39 am

    haha, i have no idea which friend of yours is helping you to get your china posts up.. but thanks anyway!

    have fun traveling and see you back in singapore!

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