Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Going back

At first, Joe and I didn't think we were returning to China this summer.  One of the universities I've worked for had administrative changes, and I was not invited this year. But later on, the University of Shandong at Weihai made a very generous offer, so we're going after all.

This time, we fly from Chicago directly to Hong Kong where we make an overnight stop.  In the past, we've flown from Detroit to Tokyo, but following the Fukishima meltdown we decided to avoid Japan altogether. Tokyo is 148 miles from Fukishima, and elevated levels of radiation have been reported there. We make

I went to the bank today and ordered some Chinese yuan (above) and Hong Kong dollars (below).  While technically part of the People's Republic, Hong Kong has its own currency.  I like to exchange money through a bank.  The centers at airports charge higher fees.


Ryan Nivens said...

Interesting that you are able to get the proper currency before you leave. I recently found out that AAA will also do this, although I do not know their rates compared with other places.

I hope you have a pleasant trip.

Roz said...


AAA in my experience is very expensive on its overseas services.
We had a bad experience with them last summer when we tried to get a refund on our AAA debit card.

What does tomorrow mean? It is 5:30 pm here, but at home it’s 5:00 in the morning. I leave Weihai tomorrow and make a stop in Beijing. ...