FROM visiting the Great Wall of China, to exploring Shanghai and checking out Hong Kong, Port Adelaide and Gold Coast players have made the most of their unique mid-season bye.

The two clubs have taken a slightly different approach in the aftermath of their historic game in China last weekend.

Power players were given the option of returning to Adelaide straight away or spending a couple of days travelling before reporting back to the club for a training session and a review of the game on Friday.

They will also have a solid hit-out on the training track on Saturday, different to their normal routine in preparation for a game next Thursday night against Geelong at Simonds Stadium.

Most Suns players flew home on a midnight flight after their 72-point drubbing, but a number – including former skipper Gary Ablett – stayed back to visit China's sights, including the Great Wall.

Power skipper Travis Boak, vice-captain Ollie Wines and Chad Wingard were among 11 players who arrived back at Adelaide Airport on Tuesday morning, having flown in premium economy from Shanghai, via Hong Kong, with the club's partner airline, Cathay Pacific.

Before they left Shanghai, Wingard and small forward Sam Gray caught up with Socceroos stars Robbie Kruse and James Holland, who play for Liaoning Whowin FC in the Chinese Super League. 

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Tough midfielder Brad Ebert, who was best on ground with 30 disposals in the Power's win, left Shanghai straight after the game to return to Adelaide to be with wife Rebecca and newborn son Leo.

Ebert also arrived later in China than the rest of the squad, who travelled in two groups on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning last week.

Suns players are not due back at the club until Saturday, with their round 10 game seven days later against Melbourne in Alice Springs.

With so much travel over a short period, most players have decided to stay on the Gold Coast during their short break.

Utility Jack Martin was one West Australian who opted against returning to his home state, deciding the extra flight following China was just too much. 


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