Shanghai Experiences Solar Eclipse Tourism

Posted by Charlie @ Discovering Mandarin Saturday, 18 July 2009
NASA says suburban Shanghai will be one of the best spots in the world to catch Wednesday's astronomical phenomenon, reports Tan Weiyun. Jinshan City Beach may be the best spot in Shanghai to catch the total solar eclipse next Wednesday.

According to a report from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration, one of the better places to catch the eclipse is in Shanghai's suburban Jinshan District, which is along the Hangzhou Bay. So far, the beach's management committee has signed deals with more than 45 international travel agencies and astronomy groups, arranging for more than 1,300 people from 12 countries and regions to see the eclipse on Wednesday.

Since hotels are largely booked in Jinshan, many overseas eclipse watchers will go to Zhejiang Province across the Hangzhou Bay. More than 400 travellers in eclipse tour groups have arranged to stay in towns such as Jiaxing and Anji. The towns have signed with more than 10 international travel agencies from Japan, Singapore, the United States and Spain, among others. To add to the festive feel of the eclipse, various beach parties and carnivals will be held on Wednesday. Tickets to the beach remain the same price as last year.

From Monday to Friday its 30 Yuan (US$4.4) per person and on weekends it costs 50 Yuan each. Tickets from 5:30pm to 8pm are 50 Yuan every day. Students, soldiers, people with disabilities, retirees, seniors and children under 1.2 meters will receive a discount.

Both these photos included were from the last eclipse in China 1st August 2008. Observed at Eclipse City Camp in the Gobi Desert, near Jiayuguan, China.

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Shanghi Daily

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