This trip was hosted by United Airlines, Spot, and Banyan Tree Hotels. I am and was excited to work with them and I am thankful for your support on this job. Thank you for supporting the hosts that made this trip happen and are allowing me to bring you such wonderful photos & stories. <3 

See my recommendations for Xi’an, Hangzhou, and Shanghai on Spot!

I had the absolute pleasure of riding one of United’s new 787’s to China. This is the plane that’s on the new SFO-Hangzhou route and it’s absolutely fantastic, to say the least. They use different air circulation, so you arrive feeling fresher (I thought this was just a line, but no, it’s definitely noticeable and better).

The windows are dimmed or “opened” with buttons below the window and when it’s time to sleep, the flight attendants have ultimate control and manage the windows for the whole plane. One of the neat things about that with the windows is that even when it’s dark and controlled, you can actually look out and still see things. Going over Alaska, this was super cool – I saw a huge glacier!

Celebrating the launch of China's new direct flight between SFO and Hangzhou, China, with travel blogger and travel photographer Simone Anne // WeAreAdventure.us

Probably one of my favorite ways to start this trip: a little pop into the front where the pilot let me wear his hat and sit in his seat for a minute. SO fun. Celebrating the launch of China's new direct flight between SFO and Hangzhou, China, with travel blogger and travel photographer Simone Anne // WeAreAdventure.us

Here’s me being all, “Yes, I love first class. Yes, I’m fancy.” haha.Celebrating the launch of China's new direct flight between SFO and Hangzhou, China, with travel blogger and travel photographer Simone Anne // WeAreAdventure.us

Def started the flight off with a mimosa. Excellent.Celebrating the launch of China's new direct flight between SFO and Hangzhou, China, with travel blogger and travel photographer Simone Anne // WeAreAdventure.us

Goodbye, California! (Isn’t she damn pretty?!)Celebrating the launch of China's new direct flight between SFO and Hangzhou, China, with travel blogger and travel photographer Simone Anne // WeAreAdventure.us

And then the real snacks started. Wonderful food, wine, cheese, and even an ice cream sundae. Our flight attendant was named Momo and she was nothing short of an incredible hostess. Seriously. She was so nice, funny, attentive, and down to earth.

In fact, and this is my favorite story, she and I saw each other in the airport as I was getting ready to head home and she ran to me and hugged me. We did one of those movie hugs where you spin round and round and round. I wish I had it on video to watch when I wasn’t feeling great, haha. Such a good moment. Also she gave me her phone number and now we are friends. So that’s the best. <3

I actually found out after the fact through another traveling friend (he’s a travel writer) that Momo is a legend at United. I can totally see why; she’s fucking great.
Celebrating the launch of China's new direct flight between SFO and Hangzhou, China, with travel blogger and travel photographer Simone Anne // WeAreAdventure.us

Cheers to that!Celebrating the launch of China's new direct flight between SFO and Hangzhou, China, with travel blogger and travel photographer Simone Anne // WeAreAdventure.us

Here’s my Alaskan glacier! So incredible. Momo called me up to the front so I could look out the window and see it. So glad. What a sight.Celebrating the launch of China's new direct flight between SFO and Hangzhou, China, with travel blogger and travel photographer Simone Anne // WeAreAdventure.us

We celebrated the launch of the inaugural flight between Hangzhou and SFO with a fun gate event. Some speeches, lots of photos, and even some Chinese dancers. Celebrating the launch of China's new direct flight between SFO and Hangzhou, China, with travel blogger and travel photographer Simone Anne // WeAreAdventure.us Celebrating the launch of China's new direct flight between SFO and Hangzhou, China, with travel blogger and travel photographer Simone Anne // WeAreAdventure.us

How cool are they? I’ve seen these guys at the parade in San Francisco, but still. So fun to see them dance. I wanted a photo, but ended up missing them to say goodbye to my friends. (Worth it, don’t worry.)Celebrating the launch of China's new direct flight between SFO and Hangzhou, China, with travel blogger and travel photographer Simone Anne // WeAreAdventure.us Celebrating the launch of China's new direct flight between SFO and Hangzhou, China, with travel blogger and travel photographer Simone Anne // WeAreAdventure.us

And that’s that! There are some excellent deals right now to fly between San Francisco and Hangzhou and it was my favorite of the three cities I visited, so I highly recommend a trip. If you can swing first class, I definitely recommend it. It was such a luxury that it made me look forward to the flight home because it would be a nice relaxing chunk of time to watch movies, hang out, and sleep. I love flying and even I don’t usually say that.

Say hi to Momo for me while you’re there!

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