In April of 2019, I took my second trip to China in four years. I flew to Shanghai to do a one-day job with a well-known company, but I decided to build a 10-day trip around that job so I could properly explore the cities of Shanghai, Suzhou, and Hangzhou and vlog them for the first time. Come along with me as I travel from Miami to Shanghai via Dallas on American Airlines!
My travel day began at Miami International Airport early in the morning. I couldn’t wait to get there and eat some delicious Chinese food! But first, I had to fly 3 hours to Dallas and then fly another 15 hours to get to Shanghai!
My flight to Dallas was super early, but it was very smooth, which I’m always grateful for. It was packed because it was a Monday and I couldn’t film. Thankfully, I slept! I landed in Dallas at a gate very close to the gate I’d use to get to Shanghai.
I had a short connection in Dallas, and then I boarded the 787 Dreamline. This was my third or fourth time flying in one to Asia. I love the technology on the windows of these planes! They also have flat screen TVs with lots of entertainment. I can also work from my seat and plug in my laptop.
For lunch, I ordered some chicken, potato salad, a brownie, tomato with cheese, and some wine. The chicken had a type of Chinese sauce on it. It was really good! The potato salad had a lot of mayo in it, but it wasn’t too bad. I had to eat it all because the next meal wasn’t for another eight hours!
After lunch, I passed out and slept almost five hours. There were still seven hours left, so I watched a couple of movies. I usually get up and walk around every two hours to stretch my legs.
After 13 hours, we only had 2 hours to go. I watched Bohemian Rhapsody, which was really great and Rami Malek killed it as Freddie Mercury. It’s a long flight, but 787 Dreamliners make it really comfortable because you don’t feel a lot of bumps and the flights are really smooth.
The only downsides are that you only get two meals and pretzels to snack on in-between, and the American Airlines staff isn’t that friendly, and the service isn’t that great when compared to Qatar Airways.
We were served a mediocre meal of noodles soon before we began our descent. We arrived at 3 p.m. Shanghai time, which is 3 a.m. Miami time, so I had to drink a coffee to wake me up!
After a long, 15-hour flight, I landed in Shanghai, but it was raining really hard, so we couldn’t park at the gate and we had to get a bus. We waited in the bus for 40 minutes. Foreigners have to get their fingerprints scanned and get registered and get a visa, which costs $290. I got my ten-year visa back in 2015.
I highly recommend foreigners go to expressvpn.com before visiting China and buying and downloading their service. Buy the one that best suits the amount of time you’ll be in the country. That way, you can access GMail and all of your social media on your phone and laptop while you’re in China. It’s a must if you want to stay connected!
What an incredible travel experience! But now, I couldn’t wait to begin my epic, three-city Chinese adventure!
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My name is David Hoffmann and for the last decade I have been traveling around the world in search of unique culture, food and history! Since starting Davidsbeenhere in 2008, I have traveled to 71 countries and over 1,000 destinations, which I welcome you to check out on my YouTube Channel, blog and social medias.
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American Airlines 787 DREAMLINER Economy Class REVIEW | Miami to Shanghai via Dallas