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1. Posted by lwboykin (Inactive 9 posts) 7y

I'm planning a trip with a few friends to Shanghai in July to witness the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century. I'm considering booking a six day tour including days in Shanghai, Haining and Hangzhou, however, if we can get more information on places to stay and things to do while there, we may just decide to save the money and tour on our own. Has anyone visited these places, or will anyone else be going for the eclipse? I'd really like to get some reviews from people who have spent time in any of those three cities.

2. Posted by lzl (Respected Member 102 posts) 7y

Hey I didn't know that's coming, I think I'll be in Shanghai in july in time to catch that eclipse too.

China is not that difficult in larger cities, I'd imagine you could just go and work it out on the run, lots of information on the net.

If you want to know specific things, I can probably help as well. But what you're asking is a bit vague, maybe you'd like to mention what kind of accommodation you'd like to stay in and what kind of places you're looking to visit?

Dont forget to checkout the information on this site too, especially the accommodation and guide area, you should be able to find reasonable amount of info.

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

Seems that there are a lot of nice places to view the eclipse in Asia
Have fun!

4. Posted by lzl (Respected Member 102 posts) 7y

well, I was gonna be there anyway, watching the eclipse would gives me one more thing to go

5. Posted by carrier (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

I am living in Shanghai now. My Chinese friends tell me the best spot to see solar eclipse in Shanghai is in Songjiang district (outskirt of Shanghai). But we plan to live in the tent cause of the growing price of accommodation. So I recommended to live in downtown and rent a tent for watching the wonders.

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6. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

I am thinking about Sichuan... Do we need SPECIAL GADGETS to see this Eclipse...

In 1989, I was a kid and I looked directly at the sun for a few seconds... but I'm lucky it didnt ruin my eye sight. Our teachers said , we could use the NEGATIVES of photos... I now think that maybe its a stupid idea. What excatly do we need to view the eclipse??? I remember back then some people used that mask welders use.

Some people say we should see the eclipse through its reflection on a lake or a basin of water... It was the 80's and I was in primary school. This would me my 2nd eclipse... the 2nd one in 1995 or 1996, the weather was so bad, the travellers were dissapointed because they cant see the sun.

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8. Posted by lzl (Respected Member 102 posts) 7y

Too bad it's foggy, couldn't see the sun. I got a ticket for the World financial center sky tower, but I couldn't even see the building since it was in the fog. I ended up just experiencing it out on the street. Quite incredible though, it was like someone switched of the light.

I'm gonna hopefully use up that sky tower ticket some time during the day, if the fog clears up...

9. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 7y

Quoting lwboykin

I'm planning a trip with a few friends to Shanghai in July to witness the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century. I'm considering booking a six day tour including days in Shanghai, Haining and Hangzhou, however, if we can get more information on places to stay and things to do while there, we may just decide to save the money and tour on our own. Has anyone visited these places, or will anyone else be going for the eclipse? I'd really like to get some reviews from people who have spent time in any of those three cities.

I hope you got to see it. I saw one in Africa in 2001. it was just the most wonderful natural phenomena I have ever witnessed.

10. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

A lot of people were looking directly to the sun with their naked eye...

It aint worth ruining my eyesight...