Being an Indian, a reason for a trip to china would have been “business ,exhibition” & unless me and my husband stumbled upon this exciting opportunity ,china would have never been in our list for a voyage!
Nonetheless had we given a thought, this exquisite wonder came across for Beijing & Shanghai & to make it more special , we got a chance to be a part of “International Event – Jackie Chan International FAN club” ,to celebrate JC’s 60th Birthday@ Beijing with the personality.
Without any thoughts juggling over, this was a certain motivation to take over this trip ,to meet my Childhood Hero & a noble soul in person!
Thrilled, Instant VISA application was given , baggage’s packed we started from Mumbai to Beijing via Hongkong in June 2014.Even 10-11 hrs flight (with stop@ HK) was a comfortable one as the thought of meeting JC kept us overwhelmed throughout.
Gleamed with joy ,when JC International team welcomed us @ Beijing Airport & we flooded all the wishes for his Bday ,which were recorded to be broadcasted.
Yes ,it had to be a special event but hardly were we aware about the big enthusiast jamboree of some 500 odd fans gathered@ Capitol hotel premises from all over the world.
Tagged to specific bus nos.(No. 6 for us ), some 17 odd buses awaited@hotel premises for FAN gathering. Lovely group in the bus with a mix of so many nationals…Indians ,Mexicans ,Brazilians,Ukrainians ,Sigaporeans ,Egyptians…& so many more enthusiasts!
We’d gonna enjoy a superb cultural remix for the next 4 days
Evening saluted us with the most popular & loved singers as JC, COCO D & many more(from China ,Korea, Singapore ,Thailand) presenting@ International Peace Harmony Concert attended by thousands of fans across globe
Hardly did we understand the words (as none of the songs were in English but all regional langs) but that did not restrict us from applauding to the striking thunderous beats of the beautiful music & presentation. Enjoying this concert,rather some heart throbbing music for the next 4 hours left us spell bound & super excited for the forthcoming days .Concert ended with cake cutting ceremony by JC (next day was his Bday).
Early next morning was marked by delicious breakfast & we started for sightseeing@ Beijing.
The traditional buildings with amazing curved sculptures of which I had fallen in love with, were waiting to be explored.
Beautiful railway museum, Aero-postle made their way to the amazing “Forbidden City” – A complete exhaustive city on foot with enriching history of the Emperors of China ,their Lives ,leisure activities ,all just made us feel like a Fantasy world.
It was the imperial palace for twenty-four emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It was first built throughout 14 years by 1 million workers . Ancient Chinese Astronomers believed that the Purple Star (Polaris) was in the center of heaven and the Heavenly Emperor lived in the Purple Palace. The Palace for the emperor on earth was so called the Purple City. It was forbidden to enter without special permission of the empeor. Hence its name ‘The Purple Forbidden City’, usually ‘The Forbidden City’.
Rectangular in shape, it is the world’s largest palace complex and covers 74 hectares .It is divided into two parts. The southern section, or the Outer Court was where the emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation. The northern section, or the Inner Court was where he lived with his royal family.
A tour of Forbidden City on foot for 3 hours was heel tiring, but with a feel of “not to miss & worth visiting” & yes this tiring had all gone in the air, with adrenaline rush the moment we started for “Marriott Hotel to rejoice the exclusive celebration of JC’s 60th Birthday in his presence.
Super Excited Fan tolly, enjoying the ride of 30 min by beating drums, singing songs (of all nationalities),& our teacher cum host of the day – “Mr. Mohammad” from Egypt promising to teach an “Egyptian Song” –Kaboria. Such an extravaganza created on the board!!
Soon arrived@ Marriott, with lovely arrangements for the FAN gathering, first Luncheon followed by the most awaited Party.Some 500-600 odd people had gathered in a big hall with beautiful chandeliers ,lovely built up stage for the performances & JC ,Live recording equipment’s ,projectors displaying JC’s precious moments & pics all over. What an ambiance it made ,with the sensation of some one very very elite awaited.
15 min to the time of arrival & the Mad fans cheering & hooting started..only one chant it felt..JC..JC…JC …we love you .. 5-4-3-2-1 & yo JC was there very much ,with such a humongous aura ,awe –stricken ,madly standing & dancing to catch a glimpse of him ,& equally stunned to see him in “Tears” on the applause of his fans. A perfect memorabilia , well deserving & admired personality was there to enjoy the evening with his beloved fans.
It took some next 10-12 min for all of us to settle on the seats & initiate the program with the grandeur welcoming ,few Rock dances, singing performances followed by games conducted for us to get a personal touch of JC.
In the mid of the program was the most wonderful AV ,30 –min named as “secrets of JC” –describing him & reflecting his activities ,as a person ,as a professional from a small Kido to a star (spreading across various social messages),to social worker (of kids across the world) .
I can definitely assure that anyone in the mass could have fallen prey to his love there n then.There was no thought ,as to why this individual attracted so many all over the world ,not just with his stardom ,but with his noble deeds as well. SO much of Fun ,freak ,laughter ,emotions built in!!Astounded & crazy for JC.
So many gifts were brought in with him for the freaking fans ,& those were actually not enough ,as soon as JC’s clothes & accessories he was wearing there –Jacket ,Spectacles ,Shoes ,trouser ,shirt were all auctioned in the lottery system ..Haha ,that was most crazy of all..
The end of the 3-3:30 hr program was again a big big surprise for us when individual click of JC with us happened followed by Cake cutting ceremony.
This was a perfect day with over smiling faces & happiness spreading across .
From here ,over enthusiastic troop of Bus No. 6 moved to a specialty Restraunt “The Pecking Duck”( although it was of not much interest for us being veggies ) but the entire Fan club relished the delicacies & live cooking of the specialty dishes. We definitely got a chance to pounce upon some yummy desserts & fruits in the endJ
This day ended on a very pleasant note.
It was time to move to chapter -2 of our trip … Early morning breakfast & had to check out for our transfer from Beijing to Pride of China – Shanghai and that too via Rail . Enthusiastically dressed up ,we reached the railway station ,(so very well maintained ,giving a feel of mini airport rather) & walked towards the our compartment of bullet train to shanghai.
In seconds the speed got picked up from 0 to 100 to 307 KMPH Vrooommmm and we were flying on the railway tracks, it was a lovely & a very smooth ride & we enjoying ,dancing ,chatting all the way along with beautiful landscapes as n when they passed.Then we realized that it was . 1200 Km of distance which was covered in less than 4 hr ,with a speed of 307KMPH( currently Indian train have avg of 100 Km/Hr speed ,So it was a supersonic exp for us .!)
Arrival to Shanghai was marked with a super modern town ,superb infrastructures ,sky scrapers ,building tunnels ,4-5 bridges on bridges over a single road managing the traffic ,sweet pillion riders driving wearing gloves double the size of their hands;)
With a break of 3-4 hrs for the lunch & rest ,we had to start for the most amazing place of Shanghai “The Bund” – A calm ,serene ,long road besides the river with superb architectural antique buildings on both sides.
All the more ,to hover around this place in night is a bliss in itself ,colorful lights reflecting from the amazing infra work ,some resembling architectural work from Arab ,European ,Turkish countries ,some on one side & some on other side of the river.
Strolling on this road with wintry breeze can never make one tired , even if all the glimpses,& photography of the architecture gets done (you never feel it enough & long for more n more sight captures) .A river cruise can be opted for in beautifully designed ferries ,amidst cold windy & sparkling night. It was a treat to our eyes .
With all the freshness getting carried forward, this day started late. Opting for lovely morning walk, an hour of sun bathing post hotel pool ,gave a relaxing therapy to us!
We had to head for out next venture i.e. JC “Love Peace Museum” for next 3 hours .Some people had mistaken it as a normal museum, but once you enter the JC Art Gallery till the time you move out (approx. 2-2:30 hrs) ,every art ,every master piece of gallery will bring a naïve surprise & an exhilaration of “what an amazing work” for sure.
It would have been a big miss of the innovative creative art for anyone assuming it as a normal routine museum.
It seems every moment, every art be it related to his star ridden life, (his Tens of thousands of props( all with a small story), costumes ,posters ,his stills ,stunts ,walls with special messages for him ,wishing tub a lot of Photo shoot ops, as Hang from “Hollywood sign /over images of buildings high over LAS VEGAS, replica of hand prints ),be his social work for children across the world, all is too less to narrate here ,it definitely demands a visit for this great innovative form of museum!
These 2:30 hrs passed too quick & to our utter surprise ,we were again getting a chance to meet JC personally close to his gallery.
Couldn’t believe, but yes a pinch assured me that JC had come to Shanghai today & he might (not so sure) come to meet &bid us Bye.
Post couching on the Shanghese Cuisine ( for the first time we got completely veg meal on demand) ,we headed to see JC’s movie “Police Story6” on large screen in a hall arranged for us till the time JC came to meet us.
Post 1 hr or so ,security started to increase ,which sensed that JC was about to arrive ,& yes we were right ,JC had made a sudden presence ..OMG ,clapping ,shouting ,unable to control the terrific feelings ,Fans trying to pounce on him ,it was a sudden maddening moment.
JC wanted to give us all a Thanks note along with his message of social work for kids & others. Although it was just a 30 min meeting ,but every moment was relished.
Freed by 6:30 ,our bus planned to move for shopping spree on “:Nanjing Street” .
A big street for all shoppers starting from the most branded ones to average showrooms ,from all kinda food stuffs ,we just couldn’t resist upon seeing the Pizza Hut & just dabbled upon the yummy cheese pizza with smoothies & returned back to our hotel post some shopping.
Next day we all had to return back to our destinations, some starting early morning & few till late evening, all divided in slots as per their flight timings.
It was a moment to bid “Adieu” to the wonderful people, spl. To our Bus no. 6, superb management, & taking along ample of memories to carve upon.
Scarcity of Veg. food, language differences were faced regularly ,but this never actually got struck due to a strong positive aura & happiness buzzing all around.
Taking back a great trip memories,”Kab Kab Kaboriya ….Az Az Azure .. song along with me back to my own INDIA!
SHE SHE (( Thanks))