Route: Shenzhen Baoan International Airport to Zhangjiajie International Airport
Departure date and time of flight: 20:00 on 2nd August 2015
Flight number: CZ3991
Flight duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Class: Economy Class
Aircraft type: Airbus A320
Punctuality of the flight:
The flight departed on time and landed on time. Zhangjiajie airport is located on the banks of the enormous Tianmen Mountain and is surrounded by mountains from all corners. Coming into land at night is quite an experience for the passengers, and I am sure it is an experience for the pilots, too. The arrivals hall has no security…you get off the plane, and walk to the baggage carousel, collect your bag and off you go! (China is safe, they say…and who’s going to attack a mountain resort!).
Any baggage issues:
I had a large backpack, weighing around 12kg, which I checked-in as hold luggage. This was the first time I had taken a trip with a backpack, and without much hand luggage.
Top Tip: If you are going to be travelling around China for a few days by yourself or even with your family, and if you don’t want to carry all that heavy luggage with you, then you can leave it with the concierge at most decent hotels (provided you are also going to be staying at that hotel!). I stayed at the Vienna Hotel in Shekou (sounds more glamorous than it is – but it does the job…complete with bed bugs!), and they let me to keep my four pieces of large luggage for a week for free. It was a massive weight off my shoulders, as that also contained my laptop. And for once in my life, I did not really dress up to fly (you have the make the effort, right?). Just a pair of track suit bottoms and a selection of quality t-shirts for the five days was sufficient for the trip. This trip to Zhangjiajie, Jiuzhaiguo and Chengdu was to hike and burn the calories and enjoy the single travelling experience. In order to prepare myself for the trip, I punished myself by hiking up Nanshan hill in Shenzhen every day for three-hours at a time to get my body in shape and ready for the hike.
Comments regarding the pre-meal service:
Just drinks (non-alcoholic), and including tea and coffee.
Comments regarding the first meal:
A box containing lots of biscuits in all shapes and sizes...as well as a pickle to put on the crackers (who eats crackers with pickles?)
Comments regarding the drinks service:
A second round of drinks were offered after the meal. No alcohol, but plenty of milk, coffee and tea.
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Comments on the interior of the aircraft (including seat comfort):
This Airbus A320 aircraft has a seat configuration of 3-3 with an all Economy Class seat set up. The plane was clean and the toilets were clean too. It was not full at all. Not bad a flight after all. The crew were friendly, too.
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