China China

Hello friends. I have just got done reading about Unicon X and am very
interested in going. I have only been riding a few months though and am probably
not good enough to compete in any events. I was wondering how much a ticket from
America to China would cost. If I can get a decently priced ticket to get me
from America to China, I will be there (assuming I also find someone else to
come with me). If you can get me any info about plane fares and other expenses,
I would be much obliged.

                             Wholehearted,
                                 J'hon

RE: China China

> Hello friends. I have just got done reading about Unicon X and am very
> interested in going. I have only been riding a few months though and am
> probably not good enough to compete in any events. I was

Hopefully we will gradually move away from the impetus to compete. As those who
have attended know, competition is only one part of what makes a unicycle
convention special and I’d like to see it become less of a priority. This will
be harder with the World Championships than with smaller events, but I would
like to keep an emphasis on fun and non-competitive activities there too.

In any case, our events are designed so that you can enter and have fun, even if
you stand little chance of winning.

> wondering how much a ticket from America to China would cost. If I can get a

I’ve had really good results booking flights with Expedia:
http://www.expedia.com
>From my group’s experiences going to China in 1993, Air China was cheap, but
pretty low-end as well. Not to be confused with China Airlines (Taiwan based),
which I flew to Hong Kong last year. They were very nice. Also very nice are
Japan Air Lines, Asiana, and Korean Air Lines. But my favorite of all is
Singapore. If it’s a close choice, I’ll take Singapore every time, as long as we
don’t have to pass thru Singapore if it’s out of the way. Those long
round-the-world flights can be very taxing, so it makes a big difference if the
plane is comfortable and the crew pampers you.

The unanswered question is what kind of discounts will the hosts be able to
offer? The host organization is called the China International Sports Travel
Company, and it is likely they will be able to help us out on airfares. This may
lock us into a certain airline. Of course you didn’t mention where you’re coming
from, and with an AOL account, all we know about you is that you’re somewhere on
earth (though I think the guys up on MIR got an AOL 100 hours free disk in their
mail recently…)

Good luck in your China planning!

John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone http://www.unicycling.com