Hello all... I'm a long time reader of these forums, but this is my first post. I consider myself a seasoned traveler, but it seems a lot of people have me beat by a long shot, so I was hoping to solicit some advice.
I'm planning a trip from NYC to SYD at the end of January. China Eastern is the cheapest option by quite a bit. The downside (or upside?) is a 25 hour connection in PVG on the way to Sydney. I was thinking this could be interesting. I checked and don't seem to need a visa for 48 hours or less in Shanghai. I've never been to China, and although only a day, I could at least get a taste of the city. But I have some questions.
Has anyone done anything similar? It it simple enough to get into Shanghai from PVG?
How about China Eastern? Are they generally reliable? I've read reviews online, and some are scathing. But they are also from inexperienced travelers or people who expect more than what they pay for. I love the idea of power ports in economy on the A340s, especially on a flight that long. Other posts on here are all over the place as well. Some people like them, and some would rather swim. There doesn't seem to be much in between.
And if anyone knows their way around the Shanghai airport - what can I do with my luggage? I'd like to just keep my carry-on with me while spending a day in the city. Can I re-check them for the connection right away (and is that a good idea?) or is there somewhere they can be safely stored?
Of course, I'm open to any other tips or pieces of advice you think I may need.
Thanks to everyone in advance for their help.
[Edited 2010-12-13 13:28:14]