I can’t help but say that I am absolutely excited for my 5-man run of Heroic Asia. I hope it will be a smooth run, and already, I’m so busy making preparations by farming the proper flasks, making sure I brought spare set of gear, farming mats for consumables, visiting the RL auction house for other useful items.
I’m expecting to be able to bring my netbook with me, as it is very light and compact, making it a very viable travel companion. This will allow me to record my journey on notepad when I hit the hay in the hotels. (Note to self: bring network cable for internet usage). So while I can forsee a grand slowdown in the blog, I really urge you to follow my twittering via this site’s widget, or through twitter itself.
That being said, I’m more than happy to share with you the itinerary for this international instance.
Jul 28 Toronto – Beijing
Your journey begins with your transpacific flight. Move your watch a day ahead as you cross the International Dateline.
Welcome to Beijing, the political and cultural center of the world’s most populous nation. You will be met and transferred to 5* -Star Crown Plaza Wangfujing (free upgrade with swimming pool) Hotel.
Full day City Tour to Tian An Men Square, the largest public plaza in the world and the Forbidden City which houses numerous priceless treasures. Two-dozen emperors lived here from the 15th to the early 20th century. Also visit the beautiful Summer Palace. Add on Visit Beijing Zoo and panda. Enjoy a Peking Opera in the evening. (B/L/D)
On a daylong excursion to the mighty Great Wall. It is the only man-made structure visible from the moon – stretching across China for about 4000 miles. You’ll visit the most exciting Great Wall Gateway at MutianYu (cable fee extra). On the way back visit Olympic water cube and bird nest. (B/L/D)
Aug 01 Beijing
Tour the Temple of Heaven to see local people doing Taiji and a visit to the Pearl work shop. Enjoy the Hutong Tour by tricycle through the ancient residential areas. A delicious Peking Duck Dinner is planned. Overnight train to Xian (soft sleep 4 person/berth)(B/L/D)
Aug 02 Beijing – Xian
arrive in the morning. Marvel at the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses in battle formation guarding the Tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Add on Dayan Pagoda(Wild Goose Pagoda)Later, visit the Enjoy an amazing Tang Dynasty Singing and Dancing Show after a Dumpling Dinner. stay in 5* Sheraton hotel (free upgrade) (B/L/D)
Aug 03 Xian – Shanghai- Suzhou
Take a morning flight to Shanghai. coach tour of Suzhou, Venice of the East. You’ll visit Tiger Hill, Han Shan Temple, the exquisite Lingering Garden, a silk factory, and the Embroidery Institute. Suzhou’s Grand Canal cruise. Stay at 5* garden hotel.(B/L/D)
Aug 04 Suzhou – Shanghai
coach back to shanghai. Today’s highlights include a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple, Yu Yuan Garden, and the Bund, which is located along the bank of the Huangpu River. Dinner is followed by an amazing Acrobatic Show. Stay in 5* jinjiang hotel.(B/L/D)
Aug 05 Shanghai – Tokyo
fly to Tokyo. Arrive at New Tokyo International Airport (Narita Airport). Your guide will meet you and provide assistance as you board the airport bus stay at 4* Keio Plaza Hotel.
Aug 06 Tokyo
Morning city tour of Tokyo Tower, the world’s tallest self-supporting steel tower; Imperial Palace Plaza; Asakusa Kannon Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo; and the Tasaki Pearl Gallery, where you’ll see how pearls are cultivated. Enjoy a free afternoon.
Aug 07 Tokyo – Mt. Fuji – Hakone – Tokyo
Travel by coach halfway up Japan’s highest mountain, Mount Fuji, and enjoy a spectacular view from 2,300 metres. After lunch, proceed to scenic Hakone to cruise Lake Ashi by boat and ride the Komagatake Aerial Cableway. Odawara is next you’ll board a lightning-fast Shinkansen Train to Tokyo, arriving in the evening. Take a taxi back to your hotel at your own expense. (L)
Aug 08 Tokyo free day on your own
Aug 09 Tokyo – Hong Kong
fly to Hong Kong.
Arrive and transfer by private Van to the 5-Star Harbour Plaza.
Aug 10 Hong Kong
Enjoy a half day seat in coach Hong Kong island tour including the Victoria peak, Repulse Bay and the Aberdeen Fishing Village. (B)
11 Hong Kong
Free day to explore or shop. Open Air Markets are within a few minutes walk from your hotel. (B)
12 Hong Kong – Bangkok
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly to Bangkok. Transfer by to farser suite Sukhumvit Bangkok (B)
Visit the Grand Palace and two famous Buddhist temples: Wat Trimit with its Golden Buddha, made of 5 tonnes of solid gold; and Wat Po, with its massive reclining Buddha and Chedi of the Kings. Afterwards, take a ride through the amazing klongs (canals) of Bangkok on a longtail boat, then board a converted rice barge and cruise the larger canals. (B/L)
Drive west of Bangkok to travel the maze of canals in the Damnoen Saduak floating market. Explore the picturesque Rose Garden and watch the Thai Cultural Show, including an amazing kickboxing demonstration. (B/L)
Aug 15 Bangkok – Toronto
Say goodbye to Bangkok as you transfer by to the airport. (B)
As you can see, there are some very viable vistas to be visited! As for some of those free days, I am very much open to suggestion as to how I ought to spend them. For Tokyo in particular, I openly reach out to Ixobelle, who surely knows what’s up over there.
Holding Down the Fort
As I’ve said before, I’m not sure about how to keep the blog active while I’m gone, despite having limited access to the internet outside of particular hotel accomodations. That said, I’ve got a small number of paragraph-length ideas that I will surely schedule ahead of time. I’m still hammering down ideas regarding the Gnomeregan Gnovel, including outline, lore details, characterization, and other bits and pieces. Hopefully I will be able to cover them in brief while I’m away.
With all of that stuff out of the way, I look forward to the rest of the week, as well as my departure next tuesday. Wish me all the best!