Mantovani 2009 China Tour: The Itinerary
January 11th, 2010 by Andrew Kraus

China Itinerary

One thing to remember about an orchestra tour is the sheer amount of actual travel involved, particularly in a BIG country like China. Despite the best efforts of our in country tour hosts and promoters, the Zhang Brothers, Mag Jian and Jiao, and Jiajia Shu Fong (AKA “Beth”, herder of cats and musicians), the travel was arduous; the amount of sleep and time for sight-seeing, unfortunately, minimal. But hey, don’t pity us, we still had a heck of a good time, at least I know I did.

For the detail oriented:

  • First leg: Orlando to Guangzho via Shanghai
    • 6 hours of sleep in Orlando, bus trip to airport, check-in, 7AM flight to San Francisco
    • Noonish Flight from San Francisco to Pudang (Shanghai), China, go through customs and immiigration, arrive waiting area for in-country flight 2AM local time
    • Flight from Shanghai to Guangzho, arrive at hotel 3:30AM local time, some time Twilight Zone Time
  • Performances and Travel in China
    • Perform Guangzho, dinner at lovely restaurant,
      Guangzho Dinner Choices

      So Many, Many Choices...

      back to bed at midnight, up next morning by 6AM for…

    • Flight from Guangzho to Wuhan
    • Perform that night in Wuhan (yawn), luxuriate in extra sleep next morning and some time off, then up early next day for flight to Beijing
    • Perform that night in Beijing and again, the next night, up early the 2nd Beijing morning for…
    • Flight to Shanghai
    • Perform in Shanghai, next morning off, 2nd performance and late night dinner there, then up early for…
    • Road trip via bus to Huangzho, perform that last and final night, then…
  • Tour is over and flying home

Next post - Shanghai: Skyline to Subway

2 Responses  
  • Michelle writes:
    January 18th, 2010 at 8:39 am

    You men get all the sleep! We women had to shower, shave, do hair and makeup in order to be presentable for concert that night. ;-) Still, you are correct that it was a LOT of fun, and I will GLADLY do it again! Great job on getting this all down. This gives me some ideas, too.

  • Peggy writes:
    December 29th, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Nice presentation here Andrew.

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