JULY 22,2009 CHINESE SOLAR ECLIPSE

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JULY 22,2009 CHINESE SOLAR ECLIPSE

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I know quite a few SPA Members attended the Turkish Eclipse
back in March last year. My wife,children,myself and a very good
friend went to Belek.
Is anyone planning to attend the very long Chinese Eclipse
in July,2009? The duration is 5minutes 56 seconds in Hangzhou,
which is South of Shanghai.
I know from the Internet that the Amateur Telescope Makers
from Boston,USA have planned a trip and also possibly Flamsteed Astronomical Society.
My wife and I are vaguely thinking about a holiday to fit in
with the eclipse and have been gathering cost details etc.
As Bill Kremer from Columbus AS in the US said to me by e-mail
I don't think there will be anything cheap unless you live in China
though <grin> I am hoping to win the lottery!
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Thanks. The seed is now firmly sown. After some discussion, this trip looks like a distinct possibility now. We were thinking about what to do during my wife's sabbatical in 2009. Journalists get an extra four weeks holiday, on top of their monumental six, every four years. (You should never have gone freelance, Paul :wink: ) A "Chinese Total Eclipse" sounds very nice indeed.
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Same here - the seed is now firmly sown, and it would be my first overseas eclipse.

I usually make an effort to learn a little of the language of countries I visit, partly as a challenge to myself and, haha, as an intended 'courtesy' to the residents. Many years ago I learnt just enough Spanish to scrape by for a month in Guatemala, and less distantly, enjoyed a brief but intelligible discussion with a Greek waiter... only to be floored by his enthusiastic response :lol: but Chinese? I had friends who'd been attending Mandarin classes for 5 years and reckoned they had less vocabulary than a native 3 year old!

Despite all that, I'll be watching for future posts to see how prospective travel plans, suggestions, and itinerarys develop. It could be a wonderful (and expensive) journey.

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joe wrote:Journalists get an extra four weeks holiday, on top of their monumental six, every four years. (You should never have gone freelance, Paul :wink: )
I used my last sabbatical, as it was called, to take a long break in Australia and New Zealand to see Halley's Comet. They were axed after (but not because of) that!

Nine months or so ago I was invited by a former girlfriend in NZ to return for a reunion -- this month. Like I fool, I failed to follow it up. Do you think this comet is trying to tell me something?

As for giving up being FREElance, the clue is in the word. I may be disorganised, inefficient, underemployed and in penury, but at least I am FREE! And very happy to stay that way (a moins que tu connais quelqu'un qui a besoin d'une journaliste a Paris?)

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Joe,Hippychippy,and Paul,
Ni-hoo! (Hello).
Thanks for your posts on this topic.
For you and anyone else considering viewing this particular
total solar eclipse,the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston are
basing themselves in Hangzhou,although they are travelling outside
Hangzhou on the day,I understand. Have a look at their website
for their plans if interested and also Twilight Tours.
I have been gathering potential costs,and info. The cheapest flight
to China that I can find was £299 from Manchester to Shanghai
return on the www.cheapflightsc.o.uk website. Visas are £30.
Peter Truman at Omega Holidays in Lancaster will be offering an
opportunity to travel with them to the eclipse in 2009.Info will be published in April according to him.
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Joe,HippyChippy,and Paul,
I remember Paul's name from the 1970s
when the SPA was the JAS.
My wife and I have concluded that a trip to China for us
with 2 children would be too expensive.
Nevertheless,I did a lot of research,some of which I will pass on.
The cheapest flights were from Jade Travel via Finnair £260.
Look at Jade travel,London's website.
The centreline hits the coast near Pinghu and Totality
lasts 5 minutes 54 seconds there. I looked at Jiaxing- 5 minutes
51 seconds. No American or British hotels though.
Again,anyone considering travelling to China should look
very carefully at the Boston Amateur Telescope Makers website.
You never know,we might turn up in China after all that research,
if I can budget less. Clive.
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Post by orion f6.3 »

yes, the wife and i will be going :D
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Post by joe »

Keep buying the lottery tickets, Clive. Thanks for the information, hopefully we will get ourselves organised soon. (Maybe by 2009 Ryanair will have expanded!)
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Joe and Orion f6.3,
My wife bought lottery tickets on Saturday,
but unfortunately we didn't win! We will try again.
In Bangor North Wales's library there was a Lonely Planet
book on Shanghai. If you do end up going to China,this would be
useful. Shanghai we understand is very smelly,so I would advise
not spending much time there. It doesn't seem to be a very healthy
place to go. Hangzhou where the Boston ATMs are going after
Shanghai appears to be much healthier.
The other thing is,costs apart,is that there won't be many english
speakers. That might be a problem.
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