AMCHPR China 2018 Tour April 10th to May 10th

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AMCHPR China 2018 Tour April 10th to May 10th

Postby AlbertaTime » January 11th 2018, 12:19am

After two challenging years and if the fates permit, I'm once again fortunate enough for a new journey to China :-)

So far, only a few things have firmed up.

Tickets are purchased, and I land in Guangzhou on the 10th, and will stay there to the 15th, leaving that day for Zhengzhou till the 18th, where I will see My friend Sky Han and his family.

Further, and of course, the very first time slot I firmed up after setting the "from and to" dates of the trip was time with my brother Ma Rong and his wife, and that's May 1st to 5th for his happy convenience, so it makes sense that I'm in Beijing from the 5th till the 10th, when I'll return to Canada...wishing I had more time. :-(

So right now, the flexible time is between April 18th and the 30th/31st.

Certainly, the trip is going to include watch content--that's a given, but my main focus this trip is going to be seeing friends, and doing some sight-seeing and photography. I'm getting older and I may never have the chance to visit China again. I might, too, a few more times, who knows Image but there's sure no guarantees in this life and I have my priorities.

And, I'm already in a situation, even this soon into planning, where I know I can't possibly see everyone in China whose friendship I hold with huge gratitude, and that's intensely frustrating to me. My sincere hope is that no one feels disrespected if face-to-face isn't possible this trip, but the many, many kindnesses I've been shown couldn't be adequately repaid, anyways, even over many trips, and that's just the truth of it.

That said: people and watches go together--and it's still watches that directly or indirectly led to every friendship I have in China--so if any Watchlords members in China (?) or anywhere close want to touch bases while I'm in China, let's see if we can work it out, please :-)

I'll use this thread to keep everyone posted on progress.
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Re: AMCHPR China 2018 Tour April 10th to May 10th

Postby 3Flushes » January 11th 2018, 12:46am

Very cool to see ya pull the trip together, man. To triumph, eh! :cheers:

Look forward to the travelogue.
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Re: AMCHPR China 2018 Tour April 10th to May 10th

Postby codguy » January 11th 2018, 6:51am

3Flushes wrote:
Look forward to the travelogue.


What flushes said.
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Re: AMCHPR China 2018 Tour April 10th to May 10th

Postby Rusty » January 11th 2018, 7:00am

:bvbvbv: Looking forward to your report and pix.
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Re: AMCHPR China 2018 Tour April 10th to May 10th

Postby biglove » January 11th 2018, 2:07pm

Look forward to the trip updates.
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Re: AMCHPR China 2018 Tour April 10th to May 10th

Postby AlbertaTime » January 11th 2018, 3:22pm

Update:

I'll be in Shanghai, arriving on the 18th of April. Ben Chee of Maison Celadon is meeting me there, and we're trying to put together a meet/greet with some folks. Hopefully, Joel Chan of Micmicmor Vintage Watch will be there (one of China's top and most knowledgeable VCM collectors), as well as some CHA/CWOWC members, and other local-to-Shanghai VCM collectors and watch lovers, etc.

Invite is open! Let me know...

So far:

April 10th to 15th - Guangzhou/Shenzhen/Zhuhai - meeting with Brad Green
April 15th to 18th - Zhenzgzhou/Xinmi with Sky Han
April 18th to 21st - Shanghai/Suzhou/Tongli Ancient (River) Town
April 21st to May 1st - (I wonder what's gonna fill this space...)
May 1st to 5th - Shijiazhuang with Ma Rong
May 5th to 10th - Beijing
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Re: AMCHPR China 2018 Tour April 10th to May 10th

Postby biglove » January 11th 2018, 3:40pm

Please let Mr. Chee know how much I would appreciate one of those red Celadons as a gift! ;)
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Re: AMCHPR China 2018 Tour April 10th to May 10th

Postby AlbertaTime » January 11th 2018, 6:36pm

biglove wrote:Please let Mr. Chee know how much I would appreciate one of those red Celadons as a gift! ;)


As you wish ;-)
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Re: AMCHPR China 2018 Tour April 10th to May 10th

Postby Racer-X » January 11th 2018, 6:45pm

Alrighty, looking forward to this. Do you ever take any video, Ron?
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Re: AMCHPR China 2018 Tour April 10th to May 10th

Postby AlbertaTime » January 11th 2018, 7:02pm

Racer-X wrote:Alrighty, looking forward to this. Do you ever take any video, Ron?


Up till now I haven't but I'm seriously thinking about it. The weird thing is, there was a period of a few years back in the late 70s and early 80s that I was shooting video almost every day.

I'm looking at a new camera to take but I'm on a budget, so 4k might be out, but 1080p is doable, so... (maybe a Canon G9x II...but it's a touch narrow...oh, the decisions...)
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Re: AMCHPR China 2018 Tour April 10th to May 10th

Postby AlbertaTime » April 6th 2018, 9:18pm

I leave for Edmonton in the morning, then leave Edmonton for Vancouver, Hong Kong and finally Guangzhou, in three hops Monday the 9th, arriving Guangzhou on the 10th. It's ON!!

Very happy me.
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Re: AMCHPR China 2018 Tour April 10th to May 10th

Postby biglove » April 6th 2018, 9:43pm

Safe travels.
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Re: AMCHPR China 2018 Tour April 10th to May 10th

Postby artman » April 6th 2018, 10:20pm

Have a safe trip! Negotiate for deep discounts for Lords please!
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Re: AMCHPR China 2018 Tour April 10th to May 10th

Postby koimaster » April 6th 2018, 11:36pm

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Re: AMCHPR China 2018 Tour April 10th to May 10th

Postby Mark1 » April 6th 2018, 11:46pm

Cool, looking forward to your updates.
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Re: AMCHPR China 2018 Tour April 10th to May 10th

Postby Hawk » April 7th 2018, 3:33pm

AlbertaTime wrote:I leave for Edmonton in the morning, then leave Edmonton for Vancouver, Hong Kong and finally Guangzhou, in three hops Monday the 9th, arriving Guangzhou on the 10th. It's ON!!

Very happy me.


Cathay Pacific I assume / hope?

The only problem with Cathay Pacific on that run is that the flight isn't near long enough.
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Re: AMCHPR China 2018 Tour April 10th to May 10th

Postby Thunder1 » April 7th 2018, 4:33pm

artman wrote:Have a safe trip! Negotiate for deep discounts for Lords please!

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Re: AMCHPR China 2018 Tour April 10th to May 10th

Postby conjurer » April 7th 2018, 5:03pm

Safe travels, A-T! We shall look forward to your impressions and fine pics.
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Re: AMCHPR China 2018 Tour April 10th to May 10th

Postby AlbertaTime » April 8th 2018, 10:05am

Hawk wrote:Cathay Pacific I assume / hope?


Air Canada.

But that's OK with me.
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Re: AMCHPR China 2018 Tour April 10th to May 10th

Postby AlbertaTime » April 8th 2018, 10:23am

Thanks for all the good wishes, folks.

Am I ever glad I decided to get to Edmonton a day early. I finished a 12 hour overnight shift (after spending much of the day before going to work filled with final packing and last minute "got everything?" checks), then a few hours later--with not even a nap--hopped on 7 hour bus trip to Edmonton, then a bus ride to the hotel (another hour with waiting and travelling). I was so wiped out when I reached the hotel at 11PM, I could hardly complete a sentence sensibly.

I would have had to wake up at about 5AM to catch my flight to Vancouver before the long YVR to HKG/CAN hop...I can only imagine how brain-dead I would have been.

But...I *did* arrive in Edmonton a day early and don't have to catch my plane to Vancouver till tomorrow morning. I'm resting at the hotel in Edmonton as I write this. So, even though Edmonton is still freakin' cold with active snowfall, I'll be in +20C or higher (68F or more) within a day or so, and I'll be in China, and I'm well rested now, and all is very good :-)
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Re: AMCHPR China 2018 Tour April 10th to May 10th

Postby smellody » April 8th 2018, 7:28pm

Have a great trip Ron!!!
   
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Re: AMCHPR China 2018 Tour April 10th to May 10th

Postby tiktok » April 8th 2018, 9:15pm

You take collecting to a new level. Good luck, happy trails.
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