We are planning our next trip to china this fall and we are flying into Beijing and we will stay there 4 nights before heading to Nanjing. It is official because last night my wife told her mother that they can join us in Beijing for a holiday. My mother in-law from Nanjing has never been to Beijing but my father in-laws went to Beijing for several days during his journey to work for several months on a roadway. The in-laws will take the bullet train from Nanjing to Beijing. This is very convenient for us because we are bringing with us a lot of Zippo lighters as gifts for my wife’s cousins which they kindly requested during last Chinese New Year. We found out that once you get into China the domestic airlines will not allow lighters even brand new lighters. We called the post office yesterday in China and they confirmed we cannot send lighters from Beijing to Nanjing by mail either. Our friends whom went back last year had lighters with them but could not bring them in the checked luggage from Beijing to Chengdu on the airlines. The zippo lighters are a very popular gift which we bring back to China, because they are made in the USA and most everyone smokes in China. They have many knock offs but having the real thing from an American is a big deal to them. The trip to Beijing is official because we told the in-laws and that means it is a done deal. I learned from my wife many years ago if you bring something up and say maybe or we will go or maybe we will buy, it means it is definite. Which I have learned when I say something it will definitely happen and it is not an option.
We wanted to take the bullet train from Beijing to Nanjing but it is actually cheaper if we book our flights on Air China all on the same ticket. For example, we will fly from Vegas to Beijing and stay several nights then take a flight from Beijing to Nanjing and our return flights from Nanjing to Vegas is actually less than stopping in Beijing on the first part of the trip and taking the bullet train from Beijing to Nanjing. I have been monitoring the flights and anytime you stop your flight in Beijing it is more expensive than if it has another flight to another destination.
Now the fun part begins to research hotels and sights to see in Beijing and my wife’s favorite of eating new food. She is a foodie to the tenth degree; she likes most foods and will try anything. She likes durian and real stinky tofu. I can be around her when she eats durian but stinky tofu NO WAY! I am not talking about the fried stink tofu but the porridge type stinky tofu.
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