A few weeks ago Ben posted about Xiamen Air’s really good business class fares later this year to a bunch of cities in China from LAX. The fares are still available starting in September (around $1,850 round trip), but with somewhat more limited dates.
I asked for ideas on where in China we should go, and you all had some really awesome suggestions on what to do and see there over a long weekend. Ben eventually found an itinerary that would allow us to spend a bit of time in two different cities. It cost a little over $1,900, so it wasn’t quite as cheap as the cheapest fares, but it was still a great deal.
The seats on the 787-9 look like pretty standard reverse herringbone seats, which are great.
So, where are we going?
The flight from Xiamen to Chengdu is a bit under 3 hours, and the idea of seeing some pandas really appealed to me. From some cursory research, it looks like there are a few different panda facilities. The most popular one is the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (the name rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it?), but there’s also the Dujiangyan Panda Base a little farther outside the city. Does anyone have any insight into which one is better?
And while we’re there, do you have any other suggestions for Chengdu’s to check out and “Chengdon’ts” to avoid? 😉
Xiamen is, unsurprisingly, Xiamen Air’s hub, so it’s a logical place to have a stopover. We’ll be there for about 24 hours. I’ve heard that they have cool street markets at night. Not sure what else is worth doing on such a short trip, so any other ideas for must-sees are welcome (keeping in mind that Ben doesn’t like museums and has the attention span of a goldfish with severe ADD).
I’m really excited, since it’s been a couple years since I’ve gone on a trip with Ben (you can read about my last one, if you’d like). I’ll be sure to report back on how it goes!