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Snakes & Ladders
The international arm of China's leading online travel agent, Ctrip, celebrated Spring Festival 2013 and the Year of the Snake with a giant, interactive version of the classic board game Snakes & Ladders at their offices in Shanghai.
Contestants were selected at random from customers who booked and stayed at a hotel through one of Ctrip's non-Chinese language websites (English, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Spanish or Russian) between 14 December 2012 and 15 February 2013. These lucky customers were invited to play a life-sized game of Snakes & Ladders in Shanghai on Monday, 25 February. Nine Ctrip customers faced off for the chance to win the first prize of RMB 5,000 worth of Ctrip coupons, and the honor of being crowned the Ctrip Snakes & Ladders Champion....
1st Prize: RMB 5,000—Nicolas Fernandez (and son), Chile (right of Yoyo)
2nd Prize: RMB 3,000—Antonin Lelievre, France (left of Yoyo)
3rd Prize: RMB 1,000—Camille Chauvin, France (far left)
4th Prize: RMB 100—Ke (Scott) Zhengxuan, USA (far right)
5th-9th Prize: RMB 100
Miguel Angel Delgado, Mexico
Anthony Tok, Singapore
Terry Lawrence, Australia
Ryo Katsuyama, Japan
Kelly Dignan, Canada
Snakes & Ladders is a game of chance played on a checkered board. Players race to the last square by rolling a die with their progress helped by ladders and hindered by snakes encountered around the grid.
Customers who missed out on the live game in Shanghai have the chance to win more great prizes in an online version of the game starting on Monday, March 4 and continuing throughout the week on Ctrip's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Ctripcom). Online prizes include: 1st Prize: RMB 1,500, 2nd Prize: RMB 1,000, 3rd: RMB 500, 4th-10th Prizes: RMB 100.
Ctrip's International Website Business Development Manager, Eric Cherng, commented:
"It's a great time to book a hotel with Ctrip. We're constantly working to give customers great deals on hotels in all of China's major cities. The Snakes & Ladders promotion allows our customers to interact with the brand offline and emphasizes Ctrip's personality as an innovative and fun leader in China's travel industry."
Your Silk Road carriage awaits!
Hop aboard the Xi'an all the way to Urumqi and everything in between.
The Ctrip Activities team is continuously working hard to design tours that peak customers' interest without draining their bank accounts. Silk Road Express train tours begin at RMB 7,200. Book now, they are selling out fast!
For further inspiration, read more about the Silk Road here.
Formula 1 in Shanghai
It's that time of year again. Spring is in the air and what better time to watch cars whiz by you at speeds of up to 370 k/hr (230 mph)? It's Shanghai Formula 1 time on 12,13 and 14 April and Ctrip has F1 tickets starting at RMB 780 so grab yours now, while supplies last.
Last year's race was a crowd-pleaser with Nico Rosberg driving for Mercedes taking home the top prize, and Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton driving for McLaren taking 2nd and 3rd.
For more F1 stories, click here.