To the Chinese, no number is luckier than 8. Recipients of license plates with all 8s are akin to lottery winners: one man auctioned off his eight-laden plate for six figures, as was an all-eight telephone number. And the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics began on the eighth second of the eighth minute past the eight hour of eighth day of the eighth month.
Now Houstonians can get in on these lucky eights in the form of an $888 fee for round-trip airfare from IAH, six nights and six trips to the huge breakfast buffet in the four-star, positively-reviewed Traders Hotel Beijing, airport and hotel transfers, three free lunches, three days of escorted tours and 2.5 days of doing whatever the hell you want.
Highlights include the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Summer Palace and Beijing's stunning parks and restaurants.
The fine print: A $170 visa is required and not included in the price. Trips must be booked before June 14, and use the following departure dates: Nov. 10, 17, 24; Dec. 1, 8; Jan. 12; Feb. 9, 16, 23.
An extra $111 adds Shanghai to the mix, but then you lose the triple happiness pricing.