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Beijing And Shanghai Spotting! Any Problems?  
User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5850 posts, RR: 40
Posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4982 times:

just wondering who among us has been to Beijing recently, i am heading up there in october for a week in Beijing and the same in Shanghai, is there any issues? how easy is it to get to the spotting locations? Beijing and Shanghai, are they expensive cities or relatively cheap?

the traffic looks sensational in China to say the least, so any advice would be apperaciated!

thanks

mont


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User currently offlineBubbles From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1193 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4962 times:

I'm a native of Beijing. I think it should be OK for spotting in Beijing. And the expense out there won't be high, of course. You may spend no more than US$20 getting many tasty Chinese dishes in some "greasy spoons." Talking about traffic, you definitely will learn what the traffic "jam" really means in Beijing especially in rush hour. But, sorry, I don't know Shanghai much.

If you want to learn more, such as, some must-go resorts, you may contact me by my email address, bubbles_in_tp@yahoo.com.

Hope it helps!

_Hongyin_

[Edited 2005-06-08 05:28:02]

User currently offlineCarpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2946 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4925 times:

No problem at both places. I have never been outside of the terminal area at Shanghai Pudong, so I can't give you any pointers.

Both airports have excellent non-official areas. There are lots of guard patrols but they will leave you alone. Some even looked through my binoculars.

Shanghai Hongqiao (older, domestic only airport): I have only gone during the winter and always operations were to the south. At that end, you can shoot aircraft on arrivals and departures by positioning yourself around the area. It takes about 30/40 minutes walk from the terminal.

Beijing: To the west of the CZ terminal, a road will go under the taxiways linking the east-side and west-side runways. A good place is just before the road goes under the taxiways and the other on the otherside. There's probably other places but this would require some form of transport other than by foot.
Also, if you are spending one week at Beijing, check out the Air Force Museum at Datanshang about 1 hour north of Beijing. Ask your hotel for a car hire, cost ends up being about $100 a day.


User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5850 posts, RR: 40
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4920 times:

thanks for that carpethead, the museum is a go for sure! i will incorporate that into my tourist day, i'm interested to know how to get to the famous runway 36L lineup spot. also, sam chui has some banking shots and i'd be keen to get to those too!

Sam, your input would be much appreciated!  Smile



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User currently offlineDRAIGONAIR From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 708 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4918 times:

QANTAS077,

I know a lot about Shanghai Honqiao...there was a place right in front 18 where you can get VERY close but now its closed off
This is the place: (sorry for plug)


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But they put a wall there...i still could go in via a small hole but think now its completely blocked...real shame had lots of fun there.

Terminal in Shanghai Pudong is real great also. Mail Andrew Hunt, he might know more about areas outside Pudong by the runways as I didn't go there didn't have time.


Goodluck

cheers

Nick



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User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1660 posts, RR: 66
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4918 times:
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Hi Monty,

the line up spot at 36L was closed and fenced off. (like original VOR field in Sydney)

About 36R, there are too many heavy construction going on atm, last heard all the spots were gone and became inaccessible since May.

18R/36L in the afternoon remain open and good for photographing.

Is now the time to go to PEK before it became a CDG or some sort.

I will be there on 23June for only 1 day and may let you know the latest.

Sam


User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5850 posts, RR: 40
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4887 times:

Hi Sam and Nick
thanks for that info, anything current would be much appreciated! if you find out anymore when your back there Sam let me know!

is there many other spots that offer lineup shots like 36L Sam? the variety of traffic is amazing there so i really want to get there and photograph!


thanks

mont

[Edited 2005-06-08 15:42:03]


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User currently offlineAeroWeanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1607 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4877 times:
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Quoting DRAIGONAIR (Reply 4):
Terminal in Shanghai Pudong is real great also.

Where? I found that the roof support columns and the horizontal beams going between them in the gate area got in the way.


User currently offlineMdwalkman From China, joined Oct 2001, 208 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4883 times:

Visit gate 16/17 at Terminal 2 of PEK. That's a great spot also.


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