Good Places for funny holidays

The beautiful ‘Venice’ is not the only canal city in the world; in fact, there are almost dozens of the cities in the world which have their own intricate network of canals, just like ‘Venice’. Although, the romantic ‘Venice’ always tops the charts of the tourist’s favorite canal city, these lesser known canal cities have their own charm & culture, which is no way less significant than their Italian counterpart. The fact that these cities are underrated makes them less clogged with tourists & hence more serene & secluded while casting an equal, if not more, magic as that of Venice.

If you are looking for romantic places to spend your next vacation, here we have a list of the ‘World’s Top 10 Magnificent Canal Cities Other Than Venice’.

  • Burges, Belgium:World’s-Top-10-Magnificent-Canal-Cities-Other-Than-Venice_1-1024x640

If there is a city that can possibly rival the charm of ‘Venice’, it must be this Belgian city. Classical Gothic styled buildings which flank the canals that form a moat around the old town before flowing into the ocean, paint this picturesque city in colors of vintage medieval towns. Although, cruising through the canals while enjoying the eternal beauty of the surrounding adorable gabled houses is the most irresistible activity to do, tourists can also rent bicycles or simply roam alongside the centuries-old boulevards experiencing the time-bound beauty of this charming city. A belfry, the Groeninge Museum, Church of Our Lady: Groene Rei & souvenir shops make up the most recognizable landmarks of this exquisite Western European city.

  • Annecy, France:
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Romance is closely knit with the French cities & the canal city of ‘Annecy’ is no exception! Watching the green-blue waters of the canals that glitters in the sunshine, while sipping exotic Savoie wine & savoring delicious French fish dishes at the eateries flanking the canals is an experience that can never be explained in words! The charm of this city will make you fall in love with the classy French culture. The Palais de I’Isle, the place that has served as a residence, a jail, a courthouse in the past & currently serving as a museum, is the most prominent landmark of this city.

  • Suzhou, China:Along a canal near Tiger Hill, Suzhou, China

China’s ‘Jiangsu Province’ based ‘Suzhou’ town is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the eastern China. Located at an hour distance from the Chinese megacity- Shanghai, ‘Suzhou’ & its neighboring small towns, which also have their own networks of waterways, serve as an effective stress buster. Suzhou’s meticulously maintained traditional gardens & stone bridges from the Ming dynasty, which arch over the canals, improve town’s aesthetic wealth while, the classical Chinese buildings bordering the canals as well as cobbled lanes lets you to have a stroll through the ancient China! Suzhou’s old temples, opera houses & old lanes those now feature several restaurants, cafes & shops make it China’s one of the most popular tourist destinations.       

  • Bangkok, Thailand:World’s-Top-10-Magnificent-Canal-Cities-Other-Than-Venice_4

If tranquility & privacy are what you think of a canal city, then this bustling Thai capital will certainly change your thinking! This vibrant, crowded city is all about bright lights, flashing signs & workaholic citizens! The canals or ‘Khlong’ as they call it in local dialect, create a perfect grid of waterways & serve as an excellent alternative to escape from the unending traffic jams on the narrow Bangkok roads. The khlongs are flanked with the restaurants serving phenomenal Thai street food & modest housings showing off traditional Thai lifestyle. Bangkok’s downtown neighborhood called Thonburi, features canals flooded with innumerable gondolas selling a bevy of articles. Magnificent traditional Thai temples & lush greenery will always accompany you as you roam around this thriving Asian city in the local water taxies!

  • El Gouna, Egypt:
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Humongous Pyramids are something that sprung up in our mind the moment we hear the word- ‘Egypt’! However, apart from those imposing monuments, this ancient country also has something special up its sleeves to allure the tourists! Egypt’s ‘El Gouna’ canal city that dazzles amidst the stark backdrop of arid desert, casts a magical spell by its spectacular appearance. Established during the nineties, ‘El Gouna’ caters towards the tourism encouragement & houses myriad colorful, luxurious beach resorts & private villas. The canals, branched off the Red sea, connect the islands conveniently while providing the artificial beachfront right at the doorsteps of resorts those borders the canal.

  • Stockholm, Sweden:Stockholm i fullmŒnens sken

Having settled on a number of islands, this Swedish capital is a popular tourist destination in the Europe. The canals are the most convenient ways of transport & a better water taxi service helps set up a suitable travel itinerary to explore the popular attractions of the city. Tour companies in ‘Stockholm’ also offer a range of themed boat tours to visit some of the renowned places situated right on the banks of canals. Apart from that, soaking up in the soothing Scandinavian sun along the canal-side beaches is something that is hard to resist when you make a trip to this beautiful city!         

  • Cape Coral, USA:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Often regarded as ‘Waterfront Wonderland’, this Florida-based picturesque city of ‘Cape Coral’ flourishes around an intricate network of canals that flows over 400 miles creating a dazzling landscape. The city was designed in the late 50s & early 60s & currently houses nearly 150,000 residents. The fact that the city is a result of a planned layout makes it stand apart from the line of canal cities!!

  • Tiger, Argentina:World’s-Top-10-Magnificent-Canal-Cities-Other-Than-Venice_8

An awe-inspiring Argentine town looks as stuck in the timeline! The town of ‘Tiger’ is located 20 miles northeast of the Buenos Aires in the delta of the Parana River. The town actually consists of a group of islets separated by a multitude of canals bordered by camp-style resorts, vacation homes & veteran buildings of canoe clubs. A part of the town is a fishing village while the rest of the portion is dedicated to be an eco-tourism hotspot of the nation. Cruising through the canals, which vastly vary in sizes, is an amazing experience as you get an opportunity to navigate through both a modern city as well as an immaculate nature at the same time!

  • Aleppy, India:  World’s-Top-10-Magnificent-Canal-Cities-Other-Than-Venice_9-1024x640

Mesmerizing canal town of ‘Aleppy’ is a part of the world famous ‘Kerala Backwaters’ that stretch for more than 900 miles. The town is located in the South Indian state of Kerala, which is often nicknamed as the ‘God’s own county’ for its phenomenal beauty. Several natural rivers, a bountiful of lagoons & a vast network of man-made canals constitute the ‘waterworld’ of this land while pristine tropical forests & rice paddies that flourishes along the canals painting this laid-back town with all possible hues of green, takes its beauty & charm to a new level!

Classic wooden houseboats present in the canals not only make arrangements for romantic accommodation but also take you to the gentle ride through the ‘Backwaters’. Serene Atmosphere, untamed nature, plenty of sunshine & amiable locals make you forget the chaos of routine life & feel like roaming around in the heaven. No doubt, why Aleppy is among the first choices of Indian honeymooners!!!

  •  St. Petersburg, Russia:World’s-Top-10-Magnificent-Canal-Cities-Other-Than-Venice_10

Built along the River Neva, ‘St. Petersburg’ is the grandest city of ‘Russia’. An intricately woven web of canals divides the river flow into a several strands which connect all the vital parts of this epitome of Russian cities. Water transport is the best option available to explore spectacular cathedrals & mansions that flaunts the brilliance of traditional Russian architecture. Peter the Great’s legendary summer palace- Peterhof is the climax of the city’s top attractions while the State Hermitage Museum is also worth visiting!

(This article prints from the website of  arounddegrobel. Thank you for your attention.)

Chinese Spring Festival 2015: Tradition & History

 

Happy New Year, we are back.

i receiver a lot of letter from our customers these days ,as some of our customers are interested in our  culture , especially the Chinese New Year, here i find a very detailed introduction about our tradion and history of Chinese New Year. hope you like it,

the widely known as Chinese New Year in the West , also called Spring Festival in China,  is the most important traditional festival, and most important celebration for families in China. It is an official public holiday, during which most Chinese have 8 days off work.

The Date Is Based on the Lunar Calendar

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12 Chinese zodiac animal signs, Read more onChinese zodiac

Chinese New Year 2015 begins on Thursday 19 February, and end on 5 March. It is day one month one of the Chinese lunar calendar, and its date in January or February varies from year to year (always somewhere in the period January 21 to February 20).

The Chinese lunar calendar is associated with the Chinese zodiac, which has 12 animal signs: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, Rooster, dog, and pig. Each animal represents a year in a 12-year cycle, beginning on Chinese New Year’s Day. 2015 is a year of the goat. 

2015 — a Goat Year (“Wood Goat”)

2015 is a year of the “Goat” according to the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac (Heavenly Stem) cycle. If you were born in a Goat year you should be particularly careful in 2015, according to Chinese astrology. See more on how to be lucky in the year of the Goat.

2015 is furthermore a year of the “Wood Goat”, according to Chinese Five Element (Earthly Branch) Theory. A “Wood Goat” year occurs every 60 years. See a Five Element Character and Destiny Analysis for People Born in a Year of the Goat.

What China’s New Year Festival Is

The Longest Public Holiday in China

In 2015 most Chinese will be off work from Wednesday, February 18 (New Year’s Eve) to Tuesday, February 24 (the 6th day of Chinese New Year).

Officially only the first three days of Chinese New Year (February 19–21, 2015) are statutory holiday. Chinese New Year’s Eve and three more days are always added to give seven consecutive days of holiday. These four extra days are taken from weekends: the weekend closest to the statutory holiday is included, while the Sunday before (February 15, 2015) and the Saturday after (February 28, 2015) are worked.

A Festival for Families to Be Together

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Chinese New Year’s Reunion Dinner

Chinese New Year is a time for families to be together. Wherever they are, people come home to celebrate the festival with their families.

The New Year’s Eve dinner is called Reunion Dinner, and is believed to be the most important meal of the year. Big families – families of several generations sit around round tables and enjoy the food and time together.

The importance of reunion during the Spring Festival has caused somedifficult situations for China’s increasingly women’s lib. couples in recent years, who want to go to different homes for the festival. Divorce has happened because of disputes over going to whose home for the festival. (In the past a married couple would always go to the man’s home unless the husband joined the wife’s family at marriage.)

How Chinese New Year Is Celebrated Traditionally

Spring Festival History

The Spring Festival has a history of more than 4,000 years. It is said that it originated from a belief in deities that had to be sacrificed to every year. When the solar terms changed, dictating farming activities, especially at the end of a year, people would sacrifice to the deities and pray for a good harvest.

Rarely Seen Cultural Activities to See

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Chinese New Year lion dance

Many cultural activities occur during the festival. Rural areas and small towns retain more traditional celebrations, such as setting offfirecrackers, ancestor worship, and dragon dances. Setting off firecrackers and fireworks are common during the Spring Festival season all over China; dragon dances and ancestor worship less so in the city.

At temple fairs in many Chinese cities traditional performances can be seen: dragon dances, lion dances, and performances representing palace events like an emperor’s wedding. A great variety of traditional Chinese products are on offer there, and strange Chinese snacks, rarely seen the rest of the year. Beijing’s temple fairs are held in parks from the first day of the lunar year to the Lantern Festival.   

In North China people perform various versions of the Rice Sprout Song(扭秧歌 Niǔyāng Gē /nyoh-yang ger/ ‘twist sprout song’), a traditional Chinese dance performed by a group of colorfully-dressed women and men.

Lucky Decorations Everywhere

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Red lanterns hang in a park in Beijing

Every street, building, and house is decorated with red. “Red” is the main color for the festival, as it is believed to be an auspicious color. Red lanterns hang in streets; red couplets are pasted on doors; banks and official buildings are decorated with red New Year pictures depicting images of prosperity.

As 2015 is the year of goat, decorations related to goats will be commonly seen. There are red goat dolls for children and New Year paintings with goats on. Read more on Chinese New Year Decorations.

Red Envelopes — the Most Popular Gifts

Like Christmas in the West, people exchange gifts during the Spring Festival. The most common gifts are red envelopes. Red envelopes have money in, and are given to children and (retired) seniors. It is not a customs to give red envelopes to (working) adults.Read more on Chinese New Year Gift Ideas

Foods with Lucky Meanings Are Eaten

Chinese Dumplings
Chinese Dumplings is a must for Chinese New Year

Certain foods are eaten during the festival because of their symbolic meanings, based on their names or appearance.

Fish is a must for Chinese New Year as the Chinese word for fish (鱼 yú /yoo/) sounds like the word for surplus (余 yú). Eating fish is believed to bring a surplus of money and good luck in the coming year. 

Another traditional Chinese New Year food is Chinese dumplings. Because the shape of Chinese dumplings looks like  silver ingot – a kind of  ancient Chinese money, Chinese people believe eating dumplings during the New Year festival will bring more money and wealth for the coming year. 

Other New Year food includes spring rolls, glutinous rice cakes and Sweet Rice Balls.

A Season of Superstitions — How to be Lucky in 2015…

Chinese New Year taboo

Chinese people believe that, as the Spring Festival is the start of a new year, what you do then will affect your luck in the coming year. There are many taboos for the Spring Festival season. These taboos usually apply up to a month before the festival and continue to the end of the festival (day 15, the Lantern Festival). They are strictly followed in rural areas by the older generations, but the younger generations and people in urban areas may not know them.

  • Some Chinese people believe that they mustn’t do cleaning and wash their hair in the first three days as that will sweep/wash away good luck.
  • A cry of a child is believed to bring bad luck to the family, so the young are placated fastidiously.
  • To ask for a loan is a big “no-no”.
  • Another interesting thing is the red underwear. You will see red underwear sold at supermarkets and street markets. Red is believed to ward off bad luck and misfortune. For the people born in a year of the goat (1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003), red underwear is a must for 2015.
  • To pray in a temple during the Chinese New Year is said to be blessed, and will lead to a smooth coming year. In Shanghai, China’s biggest city, thousands flock to Longhua Temple, the city’s biggest temple, praying for good fortune. Read more on Things You Cannot Do During Chinese New Year.

if you want to know more about Chinese new year, please check

 http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/special-report/chinese-new-year/

thanks.

 

Chinese New Year Holiday Notice

 
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Dear customers,

Since the Chinese New Year is in the air, we will be on our holidays during Feb 18-23, 2015.  Please note that:

1. Shipment will be suspended from Feb 16th to 24th.

2. All service will be suspended, and orders placed during that time will be processed from Feb 24.

Please make sure you are informed before you placed the order. If you have any inquiry or emergency, please feel free to contact us, 

We really appreciate your support for Geeetech in the past year! We will try our best to provide you better products and services in the coming year.

We wish you all the best! 

Birthday wishes to dear you

Hello everybody, weekend is coming, a big big weekend to us, is it? Ok, today, we held a special party for our dear fellows who serves Geeetech with wholeheartedly, and on their birthday, on behalf of all staff of Geeetech, I would like to extend my best wishes to you: Lemon, Carl and Linda. During these almost 3 months in Geeetech, you have proved to me what responsibility is, what commitment is, what dedication is, I am grateful to have you guys be my colleague, and you all set a good example to us; thank you for all you’ve dedicated to the  prosperity of our company.

To lemon, you are  so kind to everyone,  and i love your passion the your work, i learnt a lot from you. thanks for your company when i first come to Geeetech, loneless and helpless overwhelmed me, but with you and other lovely girls, i get accustomed to my work soon, and now, i am doing quite well. thanks. and happy birthday to you.

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To Linda,  lovely little girl, happy birthday!  As i said, i have learned a lot from you, the smiles on your face  warmed everyone here, keep smiling,girl.

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  Carl,it is your turn! Happy birthday to this humorous and hansome guy. 

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Let’s enjoy the party.

 

Steals for Oct,1st

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Hi, there, the items to join the national day sale have come out. As I’ve told you yesterday, our big sale will last for three days and we will offer different items for each day. That is to say, the items will only on sale for 24 hours. So you’d better not miss them out.

Check the list now and bookmark the one you like. More stock, less spend.

1, Unassembled-Full kit for Prusa Mendel I3 (iteration 3)I3_meitu_2

2,Metal short-distance J-head with cable for bowden extruder

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3,Metal short-distance J-head with cable for bowden extruder

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4,Peek J-Head long-distance with Cartridge heater & PTFE tube

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6,12V 30W Cartridge Wire Heater

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7,Budaschnozzle 2.0 PTFE Tube for 1.75/3mm Filament

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8,1m PTFE Tubing for J-head hotend

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9,Round PCB heatbed for Delta Rostock mini

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10,MK2a heated bed Prusa soldered resistor&LEDs for Reprap, Mendel

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11,Reprap Hot End V2.0 with 0.35mm & 0.4mm nozzle

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12,Metal JIETAI Long-distance j-head V2.0 with cable & cooling fan

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13,Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter Kit 10-DOF with Crazyradio

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14,10pcs 100Kohm NTC Thermistors for heated bed

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That’s all for Oct,1. Have you found the items you are looking for? Add it to your bookmark and stay tuned at our site on Oct,1.  tomorrow we will continue to post the steals for Oct,2.

Big Sale is Comming

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Our weekend specials have ended for nearly a month, and if you are regretting for not getting your items at a lower price then, you must snag the chance this time.

You may know that our national day is around the corner, in China, the national holiday is a Golden Week for both tourism and shopping; people’s passion for it is no less than your revelry during the Christmas month.

To celebrate our national day, during the holiday, Geeetech online store will offer an unprecedented sale from October 1-3. Different surprise for each day, the time is limited; the number of order is limited. Out of time, the price of all the items will go up to the original one.  And the discounted prices are only available for the first 10 orders of each item. Act quickly and don not miss the chance again.

 Tomorrow, we will publish the items promoted in the coming sales. Read this blog ahead and get familiar with them. Choose the one you want and add them to your bookmark. So that you can snap it up the first time our activity launches.

Check the steals for Oct,1 now.

The Annual Happy Hour——Hiking and Picnic at Mt. Maluan Suburb Park

Autumn is always connected with harvest and hope, and it is the best season for hiking in the year, especially in cities like Shenzhen, when it is neither too hot nor too cold.

For some people that are tired of the noise and crowd of urban life, feel overwhelmed by the work, they prefer the peace and closeness to the nature, and retreat to the country to relax at the weekend. Mt. Maluan Suburb Park is a favorite haunt of people in Shenzhen.

Mt. Maluan Suburb Park spans an area of 31.66 square meters, comprising lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. Hundreds of species of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles have been documented, including several that are either endangered or threatened.

Mt. Maluan Suburb Park has numerous recreational opportunities, including hiking, camping, boating, fishing and sightseeing and picnic. Paved roads provide close access to the major geothermal areas as well as some of the lakes and waterfalls.  Hotels and lodges are available for accommodation arrangements.  You can also went to the agritainment that is a farm-based tourism, including family style activities, such as corn mazes, haunted hay rides, pick-your-own pumpkins, cook your own dinner etc. That’s gonna be very exciting and impressing.

This weekend, Geeetech family wll have a happy time at  Mt. Maluan Suburb Park. check the schedule.

Time and Point of departure: 7:20 at Liuxiandong subway station exit B

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mountain climbing: 8:30 – 10:30
  • Cooking & BBQ:12:00- 14:00
  • Sightseeing & Recreation activities: 14:00-17:00
  • Return time: 17:30

My heart has flown there now.

Let’s enjoy some photos of the park first.

Sunshine pours down with the  waterfall

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a distant overview of the sea

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the rolling hills

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 the forgotten village

 Pictures are fome the internet, i will upydate the first hand pictures of this journey after coming back, stay tuned!

ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND,  dear you.

weekend specials on wk31

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Today is the Chinese” Valentine’s Day’, Double Seventh Festival. Have you ever heared about it? it is has becone one of the most important festivel amoung the young in China. Before we go to our specials, let tell you somthing about this this special day.

   The Double Seventh Festival, on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month, is a traditional festival full of romance. It is in mid-summer when the weather is warm and the grass and trees reveal their luxurious greens. At night when the sky is dotted with stars and people can see the Milky Way spanning from the north to the south. On each bank of the river is a bright star, which sees each other from afar. They are the Cowherd and Weaver Maid, and about them there is a beautiful love story passed down from generation to generation. 

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    Long, long ago, there was an honest and kind-hearted young man named Niu Lang (Cowhand). His parents died when he was a child. Later he was driven out of his home by his sister-in-law. So he lived by himself herding cattle and farming. One day, a fairy from heaven, Zhi Nu (Weaver Maid) fell in love with him and came down secretly to earth and married him. The cowhand farmed in the field and the Weaver Maid wove at home. They lived a happy life and gave birth to a boy and a girl. Unfortunately, the God of Heaven soon found out the fact and ordered the Queen Mother of the Western Heavens to bring the Weaver Maid back.

    With the help of celestial cattle, the Cowhand flew to heaven with his son and daughter. At the time when he was about to catch up with his wife, the Queen Mother took off one of her gold hairpins and made a stroke. One billowy river appeared in front of the Cowhand. The Cowhand and Weaver Maid were separated on the two banks forever and could only feel their tears. Their loyalty to love touched magpies, so tens of thousands of magpies came to build a bridge for the Cowhand and Weaver Maid to meet each other. The Queen Mother was eventually moved and allowed them to meet each year on the 7th of the 7th lunar month. Hence their meeting date has been called “Qi Xi” (Double Seventh).

    Today some traditional customs are still observed in rural areas of China, but have been weakened or diluted in urban cities. However, the legend of the Cowhand and Weaver Maid has taken root in the hearts of the people. In recent years, in particular, urban youths have celebrated it as Valentine’s Day in China. No less popular than the western one. As a result, owners of flower shops, bars and stores are full of joy as they sell more commodities for love. So, how do you like it? Take the one you love  to have a special  Chinese” Valentine’s Day’! No flowers, no choclates, just a quiet perfect moment to gaze at the stars and enjoy the sweet time.

OK , so much for the festivel, let get back to our business, and have a look at the special offers for this weekend.

1,Unassembled-Full kit for Prusa Mendel I2(iteration 2)

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2,RepRap Sanguinololu Rev 1.3a assembled

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3,3D Printer Smart Adapter for Sanguinololu Board

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4,Assembled JIETAI GT9S Extruder

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5,All metal long-distance J-head for bowden extruder

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6,Assembled short-distance J-head with fan for bowden extruder

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7,Assembled J-Head Hot End 0.3/0.35/0.4/0.5mm Nozzle for 1.75/3mm

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8,Assembled J-Head long-distance with Cartridge heater & PTFE tube

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9,Reprap Hot End V2.0 with 0.35mm & 0.4mm nozzle

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10,1m PTFE Tubing for J-head hotend

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11,StepStick DRV8825 Stepper Motor Driver Carrier Reprap 4layer PCB

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12,updated GPRS/GSM SIM900 Shield V2 board arduino compatible

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13,3D Printer supplies Filament RepRap ABS/PLA 3/1.75mm

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Activity rules:

1. All the specials issued are only for registered customers, so please first before add them to your cart and then place the order.

2. No more than 5pcs for each special item of one order every week, (this quantity should meet you demand unless you are a reseller). once your purchase quantity more than 5pcs, we will refuse to make the delivery, this is very important, please kindly be informed.

3. All the items issued on SOW (Specials On Weekend) are under the same After-Sale Service, all the problems you meet during your usage, you can fell freely to contact our tech team via email or Forum.

4. All the orders from SOW, will be deilivered via air post service (No express) which means it will take a little time to arrive your hand, so please keep patient to wait several days.

5. Coupon can’t be used in conjunction with this activity–Weekend Specials. Once you do and make your order,we won’t deliver and the coupon will be invalid.

6. Weekend Special products shall become effective after the order you make successfully.Pay attention to our website if you miss this specials time,we may post it again next time.