Two years ago, I went to China on vacation and to visit a brother-in-law. My 10 day trip was such an eye opener to a part of the world that is changing so rapidly. You can read some of my observations here and here.
China has largely abandoned many of the economic aspects of communism and embraced forms of capitalism. They still have a long ways to go when it comes to political dissent and human rights. Nationalism is becoming the new ideology and is heavily aided by the government-controlled media.
This is all just a lead-in to an opportunity we are planning for Montanans interested in seeing this other part of the world. Here is the press release we sent out for our trip to China in March of 2010. Note that the price is very reasonable and includes just about everything:
The Montana Chamber of Commerce announces a business mission to China in March of 2010. The nine-day, four-city tour will incorporate tourism and sight-seeing with business connections. "This is a fantastic opportunity for Montanans to get a perspective of China,” said Webb Brown, Montana Chamber President/CEO. “We know that China is already an important trading partner, and will be even more so in the future.”
The tour starts March 4, 2010 with an afternoon flight from Seattle. Crossing the International Dateline, Beijing is the initial stop. Participants will also visit Suzhou, Hangzhou, and Shanghai, before returning to Beijing and home on March 12.
The cost for the nine-day tour, including flight, all hotels, three meals per day, in-China transportation, business meetings, tour guide/admissions, and airport taxes is only $1,899 per person, based on double occupancy. Single rooms and upgrades to business class are available for an additional charge.
Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, with a non-refundable registration fee of $200 per person. The balance of the fee will be due by January 1, 2010. A passport and visa are required. The Montana Chamber can handle the visa application.
An invaluable pre-tour orientation for all participants and potential participants (depending on room) will be held June 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Best Western Helena Great Northern Hotel. Additional orientation in other cities will be announced soon. Interested parties in Kalispell are encouraged to contact the Kalispell Area Chamber of Commerce for a similar offering.
The tour is arranged through Citslinc, a Montana Chamber member with 28 years of experience in the China tour business.
For more information, contact Leah at the Montana Chamber of Commerce:
888-442-MONT (6668) ext. 102