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Preliminary Itinerary for Noisebridge China Trip 2:
       3-April-2012 -- Leave home in NA or EU for Hong Kong
       4-April-2012 -- Meet in Hong Kong
       4-April to 8-April -- Hong Kong
       8-April to 11-April -- Shenzhen
       11-April to 17-April -- Shanghai
       17-April to 24-April -- Beijing
       24-April-2012 -- Fly home (arrive NA or EU on 24-April)

Cost estimate for China trip:
       airplane to/from China: $700 to $900
       HK-SZ: $50
       SZ-Shanghai: $100
       Shanghai-Beijing: $100
       4 nights in HK: $100
       3 nights in SZ: $75
       6 nights in Shanghai: $150
       7 nights in Beijing: $175
       20 days of food: $330
You'll probably want a bit of money for playing, and souvenirs, too ($100 to $300?). But the above adds up to $1,080, plus air fare to/from China.

Stephen Balaban suggests:

  • Eat Jian Bing - buy them from the street (they are egg crepes that

are great for breakfast)

  • Go to ZhongGuanCun 中关村, this is technology heaven and is not far from 798
  • Go to 798 and check out the Yuanfen~Flow incubator
  • Stop by a Beijing Linux Users Group (BLUG) meeting -- Peter Junge

<peter.junge *at* beijinglug *dot* org> & Ollo "Barcode" barcode
<barcode *at* beijinglug *dot* org> are great guys

  • I thoroughly enjoyed simply walking around and finding a park early

in the morning or later in the afternoon and just hanging out with old
people doing tai chi and water-brush calligraphy if I wanted to relax

Peter, of the Beijing Int'l Film Fest recommends (in Beijing):

  • meet Matthew Gao Hong Wei and see his exhibit at Central Academy of Fine Arts
  • digital media lab at Central Academy of Fine Arts
  • Veggie Table vegan restaurant
  • Beijing International Film Festival

Here's info on getting from Hong Kong to our hotel in Shenzhen:
Start from Mong-kok Station in Hong Kong, and go to Donghua Hotel:
trains from Mong-kok to Donghua Hotel

More info from Donghua Hotel website.:
Donghua Hotel website
(Thanks to Seeed Studio for booking this hotel for us.)

Proposed itinerary for Shanghai:
       Apr. 11th - arrival, presentation at XinCheJian Open House@7pm
       Apr. 12th - Etonnet visit?
       Apr. 13th - presentation/workshop at Ningbo Toyhouse (will take all day)
       Apr. 14th - electronics mall visit@9am, workshops at XinCheJian@2pm
       Apr. 15th - XinCheJian roboracing@2pm
       Apr. 16th - presentation/workshop at Hangzhou Onioncapsule (will take all day)
       Apr. 17th - electronics mall visit? sightseeing? going to Beijing.

Mike Zhao is only available for us to visit Etonnet in Shanghai on 15-April

Mike Zhao gets to Shanghai on 13-April, 5:25pm, United Airlines UA857
Mike will be in Beijing on 18-April or 19-April.
Mike leaves Beijing on 24-April, 12:00pm, United Airlines UA888

Info on hotel in Beijing -- called "Sitting on the City Walls":
Check in on 16-April, check out on 24-April
Sitting on the City Walls (Beijing) Courtyard House
Add: No.57, NianZi HuTong, JingShanHouJie, DongCheng District,Beijing
100009. P.R.C
Rachel & Rick own the place, and this is their email:
Sitting on the City Walls' website