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Filling some time in on flight to Chengdu

I have rotated, reordered and deleted the first batch of photos from our trip to China on the flight. I am using dropbox to store everything as I only have limited capacity on my MacBook Air. I think Apple have made it expensive and difficult to use the cloud with its desktop apps. I am using around 4 cameras when I am here (2 iPhones and 2 regular digital cameras) and I want to plug everything in, catalogue it and create a backup while using the hotel wifi.

That means that if a camera or computer disappears I am not going to lose lots of great photo memories. I am also trying to use some the the space on my blog to do this.

I must look for a dropbox and WordPress integration – I am sure there is one out there.

Interestingly Twitter and Facebook are now accessible from China so I have been tweeting a little while I have been here. As I said in this post, I am trying to wean myself off Facebook. I find I can’t use too many social networks, and the advertising on Facebook is getting on my nerves.

I am really just using this blog for my own purpose, and I don’t really care if anyone reads it – it’s a great journal of this trip.

So in the end, our flight was delayed for THREE hours, and took of after 3pm instead of 12 noon. I checked online and China Eastern has a pretty bad timekeeping record (0.1 out of 5) on the web. So that ’s 1 in 50 flights on time.

I am assuming that most of the domestic carriers are the same. We have one more flight from Chengdu to Xian and then we try out the train network taking the bullet train between Xian and Beijing.

We will have had 12 nights accommodation (in some nice hotels) in 2 rooms including breakfast in all the hotels. 2 internals flights for the four of us and one bullet train between Xian and Beijing. Included is all the lunches on tour days, pick up at the hotel in a private van and a guide and driver for everyday.

I have to say when you look at that it isn’t such bad value. The only thing that is extra is dinner each day and tips (Oh and Internet access, I can’t live without that).

Internet access so far has cost me around 100 Yuan per day (£10) which in a decent hotel seems in line. As I mentioned earlier in the post, I am not just using this for checking email, I have set the computer up to sync with Dropbox everyday too (overnight).

So I should mention our tour company too – found them on the internet – China Odyssey Tours. Thanks to Kalinda there for helping by email before our trip!