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brian damage



Joined: 06 Sep 2004
Location: Chuncheon City

PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2006 5:39 pm    Post subject: Slow boat to China. Reply with quote

Hi, I'm going to China around the 20th of June, hope to travel by boat from Incheon to Tianjin. Can anyone offer advice about times, prices and so on. I'm finding it hard to find accurate info. on the web.
Thanks for your help.
Brian.
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VanIslander



Joined: 18 Aug 2003
Location: Geoje, Hadong, Tongyeong,... now in a small coastal island town outside Gyeongsangnamdo!

PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2006 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

brain damage

http://www.eslcafe.com/forums/korea/viewtopic.php?t=57714
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brian damage



Joined: 06 Sep 2004
Location: Chuncheon City

PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 12:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the link Van Islander. Anyone know the prices or have a link to the ferry company?
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Tiger Beer



Joined: 07 Feb 2003
Location: Hong Kong

PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've taken the boat to Tianjin.

Its a good boat ride.. my memory of the experience is much more vivid than what internet pages I originally searched to find the prices/times.

If you later have questions about experiences on the boat ride.. I can post those later.

I share the same uninterest in googling the price/times as the OP does. Sad
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Cedar



Joined: 11 Mar 2003
Location: In front of my computer, again.

PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 5:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phone to buy tickets to Tianjin - once every 4 days and over 20 hours if my info is correct: 02-517-8671

Tickets to Weihai or Qingdao are from the same company which I recommend. Weihai train station ONLY goes to Qingdao, so it makes more sense to go to Qingdao direct on the boat. leave 5 pm arrive 9 a.m.
032-886-6171

Boats to Dandong 02-713-5522
Boats to Dalian 02 318-1811

From Gunsan or Busan to Yantai. 051-441-8888/ 0654-467-8588

Don't sue me if any of those numbers is no longer good.

For info to Weihai or Qingdao search "Weidong Ferry" on Google, they have English on the website.
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brian damage



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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks folks much appreciated. Smile
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Cedar



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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.weidong.com/

Weidong Ferry. They run the Qingdao and Weihai run. Choice of cattle class (like 50 people on the floor in the room), 2nd class (4 people per room, sometimes it's a futon, but usually it's bunk beds. If the boat isn't full then the room will usually be like 3 not 4 even 2 people, once I had it to myself! Men and women must be in separate rooms according to regulations, but people will trade to let you share a room. Alternately, if 4 people reserve together, if doesn't matter the M/F thing.) Royal Class is 2 people per room.

The service is good, the restaurant on board is 5-6,000 won per meal, they have a little theatre, a little weight room.
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Cedar



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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

□ Incheon International Ferry Terminal

Location
1-2 Hang 7(chil)-dong, Jung-gu, Incheon / Tel: 82-32-888-0116


Description
Incheon International Ferry Terminal has been operating for approximately 90 years with seven routes from China. Approximately 20,000 tourists and trade merchants travel to Korea from China per year and is an important point in Korea-China trade. Currently, Incheon International Ferry Terminal offers routes from Wenhai, Qingdao, Tianjin, Dalian, Dandong, Shanghai, Yantai, and Shidao.



Terminal
Shipping Company
Trip Duration
Incheon
Shipping Company Telephone Number

Arrival
Departure

Incheon

Dalian
The First International Passenger Ship Terminal (coastal wharf)
Tel: 032-891-2030 Daein Ferry
17 hours
Tuesday
Thursday
Saturday
09:00 Tuesday
Thursday
16:30
saturday
18:00 891-7001
Incheon

Dandong
Dandong Ferry
16 hours
Monday
Wednesday
Friday
09:00 Monday
Wednesday
Friday
18:00 891-3322
Incheon

Yendai
Hanjoog Ferry Lines
16
hours

Tuesday
Thursday
Saturday
10:00 Tuesday
Thursday
Saturday
18:00 891-8880
Incheon

Shidao
Huadong Ferry
14
hours
Monday
Wednesday
Friday0
8:00 Monday
Wednesday
Saturday
18:00 891-8877
Incheon

Qinhuangdao
Qinin Ferry
20
hours
Monday
Thursday
13:00
Monday
19:00
Friday
12:00 02-3499-3098
Incheon

Yingkou
PAN KOREA Ingkou Ferry
24
hours
Tuesday
Friday
14:30
Tuesday
19:00
Saturday
12:00
891-5555
Incheon

Weihai
The Second International Passenger Ship Terminal (old terminal)
Tel: 032-761-3068
Weidong Ferry
14
hours
Monday
Wednesday
Friday
09:00 Monday
Wednesday
Saturday
19:00 777-0490
Incheon

Qingdao
Weidong Ferry
18
hours
Tuesday
Thursday
Saturday
10:00
Tuesday
Thursday
Saturday
17:00 777-0490~4
Incheon

Tianjin
Jinchon Ferry
24
hours
Monday
14:00
Friday
13:00 Tuesday
13:00
Friday
19:00
777-8260


□ Busan International Ferry Terminal

Location
15-3 Jungang 4(sa)-dong, Jung-gu, Busan / Tel: 82-51-465-3471


Description
Busan International Ferry Terminal is Korea's first passenger boat seaport with routes to China, Japan and Russia. It also accommodates the largest amount of passengers with approximately 53,000 passengers per year. Currently, Busan International Ferry Terminal offer 4 routes from Japan-Shimonoseki, Fukuoka, Tsushima, and Kobe-and two routes from China: Shanghai and Yantai. The ferry terminal is nearby Jungang Subway Station with easy access to downtown Busan.

Route Passenger Ship Company Passenger Ship Total Tonnage Passenger Capacity Sailing Schedule Contact No.

Busan ↔Fukuoka
Korea Ferry
New Camellia
20,400
522
Everyday
+82-51-466-7799

Busan ↔Fukuoka
Korea Marine Express
Beetle 2
164
220
Everyday
(Weekday:2~3 times)
(Sat.Sun:4 times)
+82-51-465-6111

Beetle 3
162
220

JB
263
215

JB2
263
215

Busan ↔Fukuoka
Mirejet
Kobee
306
222
Everyday
+82-51-441-8200

Kobee 3
306
221
Everyday

Busan ↔Shimonoseki
Pukwan Ferry
Hamayuu
16,187
438
Everyday
+82-51-463-3161

Busan ↔Shimonoseki
Seonghee
16,665
562
Everyday

Busan ↔Hiroshima
Eunha
10,729
500
Mon, Wed, Fri

Busan ↔Izuhara
Dae-a Express Shipping
Sea Flower
555
376
Wed, Sat, Sun
+82-51-465-1114

Busan ↔Hitakasu
Mon, Fri

Busan ↔Osaka
Panstarline
Panstardream
21,535
550
Tue, Thu, Sun
+82-51-462-5482
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VanIslander



Joined: 18 Aug 2003
Location: Geoje, Hadong, Tongyeong,... now in a small coastal island town outside Gyeongsangnamdo!

PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

this should NOT be a sticky.

it belongs on the FAQ forum.

unless you're gonna sticky vladivostok too

most expats, especially teachers here in korea haven't been to china, in fact, i've only met ONE in over three years.
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brian damage



Joined: 06 Sep 2004
Location: Chuncheon City

PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2006 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one Cedar.
Van Islander
Well it is the travel forum so I guess it's as good a place as general discussion for this info.
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superdave



Joined: 20 Aug 2006
Location: over there ----->

PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 2006 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that's a bit of a generalisation.

i'm sure a lot of foreigners here have been. partly because it's so close and cheap, partly because it's such a big country with a lot to see and do.

i went to china and had a great time. the place was packed with foreigners and half the people i bumped into were working in korea as teachers.

having said that, i haven't been to russia yet, though it is on my list of things to do.
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timhorton



Joined: 07 Dec 2005

PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How much does this boat cost?

I see air tickets for 250,000 won.
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moosehead



Joined: 05 May 2007

PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VanIslander wrote:
this should NOT be a sticky.

it belongs on the FAQ forum.

unless you're gonna sticky vladivostok too

most expats, especially teachers here in korea haven't been to china, in fact, i've only met ONE in over three years.



vanislander, you need to get out more!! Shocked

i think china is one of the main gigs people do here along w/thailand and japan...i've been; went at the end of my first year - had a blast and even came back with all my organs intact Laughing

this ferry sounds cool - can you walk around the surface or are you stuck inside for the duration?

moosehead
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kingtout



Joined: 03 May 2007
Location: ROK...again...

PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Straight Dope:

Since I will likely be spending the month of June in China, I thought it would be helpful to know in advance where the phrase "A slow boat to China" came from. -- John B.

SDSTAFF Dex and SDSTAFF Samclem reply:

The phrase was popularized by the song "On a Slow Boat to China," written by Frank Loesser (1910-1969), copyrighted in May 1948. Loesser is perhaps the most versatile of all Broadway composers, having written the music for such famous shows as Where's Charley (1948), Guys and Dolls (1950), Most Happy Fella (1956), and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1961). He composed music for films such as College Swing (1938), Destry Rides Again (1939), Fred Astaire's Let's Dance, and Hans Christian Andersen (1952).

Loesser wrote such standards as "Two Sleepy People," "Heart and Soul," "I Don't Want to Walk Without You," "Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year," "(See What) The Boys in the Backroom (Will Have)," "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" and his 1948 Academy Award winner, "Baby, It's Cold Outside," in addition to "On a Slow Boat to China."

The lyrics for "Slow Boat to China" start:

I'd love to get you
On a slow boat to China,
All to myself alone.
Get you to keep you in my arms evermore,
Leave all your lovers
Weeping on the faraway shore.

Loesser wrote and circulated the song in 1945, but did not get a copyright until 1948.

Where did he get the phrase? His daughter, Susan Loesser, author of a biography of her father, A Most Remarkable Fella (1993), writes:

"I'd like to get you on a slow boat to China" was a well-known phrase among poker players, referring to a person who lost steadily and handsomely. My father turned it into a romantic song, placing the title in the mainstream of catch-phrases in 1947.

The idea, of course, was that traveling by boat to China was about as long and slow a trip as one could imagine. Loesser moved the phrase from the poker table to a more romantic setting. The song was very popular in its time (and has been revived and sung from time to time over the years by such notables as Kay Kyser, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Buffett, and Frank Sinatra, among others). The phrase then moved into general parlance to mean anything that takes a lonnnnnnng time.

--SDSTAFF Dex and SDSTAFF SamClem
Straight Dope Science Advisory Board
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Masta_Don



Joined: 17 Aug 2006
Location: Hyehwa-dong, Seoul

PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

timhorton wrote:
How much does this boat cost?

I see air tickets for 250,000 won.


Go here: http://www.weidong.com/

Passenger System->Fares and Discounts

Looks like anywhere from 200,000 for a room with a twin bed and a living room to 110,000 for a room that you share with 48~64 person (or a smaller Japanese room but don't know the difference).

Makes sense if you're trying to be cheap and go for the big room, but more sense to fly if you're willing to pay 200,000. Unless you really like boats.
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