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Come learn more about the Chamber’s 10-day Journey to China Trip taking place March 12-21, 2012. During the information session we will review the trip itinerary and answer any questions or concerns you may have. There is no cost to attend, but please register as space is limited.

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  • Complete Registration Form (must sign 3rd page consent form); registration form must be accompanied by deposit or payment in full Submit photocopy of passport needs to have at least 6 months validity from date we travel. If your passport expires before September 25th, 2011, you will need to renew your passport Submit travel insurance to Asia Getaway; comprehensive package that offers trip cancellation coverage, emergency medical, baggage loss, etc. Prices vary based on age bracket you fall in; whether you’re paying member or non-member price, single occupancy, busn class upgrade. Recommend you purchase biz pack if you think you may have to cancel for business reasons. Submit and pay for your insurance within 14 days after your first trip payment (deposit or full). Submit Chinese Visa Application with 2 passport size photos (2 x 2) & passport (passport photos for $12 at Walgreens, CVS, Wal-Mart, etc.)
  • Expect to be without your passport for about 30 days from the day you sumbit it. Usually takes only about 2-3 weeks
  • Info session pp

    1. 1. Information Session Tuesday, November 11
    2. 2. We make it easy for you to travel!
    3. 3. 10 Days Beijing, Hangzhou & Shanghai See the Imperial, Scenic and New China
    4. 4. How to Get There More than 30 flights per day from North America to China. Direct flights include: United, Northwest, China Southern, China Eastern and Air China.
    5. 5. Tentative Flight ScheduleDeparture Arrival Departure / Date Departure / Arrival City Flight Number Date Arrival Time March March Delta Airlines San Antonio / Detroit 12:58 PM / 5:22 PM12, 2012 12, 2012 DL 5830 March March Delta Airlines Detroit / Beijing 8:00 PM / 10:31 PM12, 2012 13, 2012 DL 189 March March Delta Airlines Shanghai / Atlanta 4:35 PM / 5:10 PM21, 2012 21, 2012 DL 228 March March Delta Airlines Atlanta / San Antonio 8:51 PM / 10:38 PM21, 2012 21, 2012 DL 1630
    6. 6. Chinese Visa Visa is required Visa can be obtained through:  Chinese Consulate –OR—  Asia Getaway Inc Visa Processing Service CHECKLIST Submission deadline-  Application Form February 1, 2012  Original Passport  1 passport photo  $200.00
    7. 7. Weather
    8. 8. Health Requirement No special vaccinations are required Travelers should bring any special medications or prescriptions
    9. 9. Luggage & Customs Regulations One checked bag of 44 lbs or less is allowed when traveling within China One piece of carry-on luggage is allowed Alcohol and cigarettes, cameras, and tape- recorders can be brought into China Liquor must be checked in Reasonable amount of currency (up to $5000)
    10. 10. CurrencyChinese currency is called Renminbi(RMB) "The Peoples Currency". Thepopular unit of RMB is yuan.Exchange rate 1 US dollar = 6.35 yuanRMB
    11. 11. Accommodations 5 star hotels Equipped with hair dryer, phone, safe, necessary amenities, English Channel TV, mini bar. Even come with slippers and umbrellas!
    12. 12. Electrical Throughout China 220 volt/50 cycle is used Some hotels are wired for use of 110 electrical appliances or will provide an adapter Most hotels have a hair-dryer in each room Bag & Baggage, Target, Radio Shack have adapters and converters
    13. 13. Group check-inSpecial group check in at hotel and airport.
    14. 14. TransportationDeluxe air-conditioned/ heated coach 53 seats coach
    15. 15. Food & Taste of Local Cuisine• Breakfast – all breakfasts will be full international buffet style (includes: eggs, meats, coffee, tea, juice, breads, fruit, cereal etc.).• Lunches and dinners arranged in Chinese family style at local restaurants. Dumpling• One soft drink or beer included during meal.• Refills, coffee, tea is not included with Chinese meals.
    16. 16. Restaurants
    17. 17. Tour Guide Bilingual Tour Guides Extensive experience The top winner of local guides in Zhejiang province
    18. 18. Program10 Days China Discovery TourBeijing / Hangzhou / Shanghai March 12-21, 2012
    19. 19. ItineraryDay 1 (Mar 12): Depart from your gateway to Beijing.Day 2 (Mar 13): Arrive in Beijing. Meet and transfer to hotel. Express check-in and rest before next day’s activities.Day 3 (Mar 14): Morning, visit the Summer Palace and Pearl Workshop. Afternoon tour of Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City. Evening, enjoy a famous Peking Duck dinner. (B/L/D)Day 4 (Mar 15): This morning, join the locals in their morning exercises followed by a visit to the Temple of Heaven, Cloisonne Factory and Sacred Road of the Ming Tombs. Lunch at the Jade workshop and then climb the Great Wall. On the way back, we will pass by the 2008 Olympic Sites. (B/L/D)
    20. 20. Itinerary (Con’t)Day 5 (Mar 16): Fly to Shanghai and transfer by bus to Hangzhou. Visit Hangzhou’s Economic Development Zone to see the future of China. (B/L/-)Day 6 (Mar 17): Visit Lingyin Temple, the West Lake, and taste the world famous Dragon Well tea. (B/L/D)Day 7 (Mar 18): Travel by bus to Shanghai. Free time in the afternoon. Optional Traditional Chinese Reflexology. Optional ERA-Intersection of Time by Cirque du Solei. (B/-/-)Day 8 (Mar 19): Explore Shanghai by visiting the Bund, silk weaving workshop, Yuyuan Garden and shopping at the Bazzar. Optional Evening Cruise on Huangpu River. (B/L/D)Day 9 (Mar 20): Full day free to explore Shanghai or join the optional Watertown Tour to Fengjing. Farewell dinner. (B/-/D)Day 10 (Mar 21): Transfer to airport for your flight home. Optional Maglev Train ride. (B)
    21. 21. BeijingThe capital of China
    22. 22. Summer Palace Summer Palace, an UNESCO site and ancient royal resort. "Garden of Nurtured Harmony”.
    23. 23. Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City  Tiananmen Square was built in 1651, is the largest public square in the world.  Forbidden City is the largest and most complete Imperial palace in the world, which was built in 1406.
    24. 24. Peking Duck DinnerPeking Duck is a famous dish from Beijing that has beenprepared since the imperial era, and is now consideredone of China’s national foods.
    25. 25. Morning Exercise &Temple of Heaven  Learn Tai Chi and other morning exercise with the locals.  Temple of Heaven was built in 1420. It was the temple where emperors prayed for good harvest.
    26. 26. Sacred Way Alongside the Sacred Way are 18 pairs of marble figures over 500 years old that guard the Ming Tombs.
    27. 27. Great Wall The only man made object can be seen from the moon. Spans over 5,500 miles Construction begun over 2,000 years ago during the Qin Dynasty. One of the 7 World Wonders Approximately 45 minutes ride from the city.
    28. 28. Olympic Sites Beijing National Stadium (Bird’s Nest) Beijing National Aquatics Center (Water Cube)
    29. 29. HangzhouThe scenic city
    30. 30. Economic Development Zone
    31. 31. Lingyin Temple & West Lake  Lingyin Temple is a Buddhist Temple. It is one of the largest and wealthiest Buddhist temples in China and contains numerous pagodas and Buddhist grottoes.  West Lake is a fresh water lake famous for its picturesque landscape.
    32. 32. Longjing Tea Plantation Longjing means, "Dragon Well.“ According to legend, the Dragon Well was discovered in about 230AD. Participate in a Tea Ceremony and learn about the benefits of Green Tea
    33. 33. ShanghaiThe largest city in China
    34. 34. Yuyuan Garden & the Bund  Yuyuan Garden is one of the China’s finest examples of Ming Dynasty architecture and gardens. It is one of the four best garden in China.  The Bund - The birthplace symbol of Shanghai. It is China’s most famous waterfront lined with buildings from the 1930’s.
    35. 35. Silk Weaving WorkshopSilk weaving is anage-old handicraftindustry in China. Atthe Silk Weavingworkshop, you willsee the entire processof produce silk fromsilkworm.
    36. 36. Accommodations
    37. 37. Beijing Marriott City Wall Hotel
    38. 38. Hangzhou Sofitel Xanadu Resort
    39. 39. Shanghai Renaissance Zhongshan Park Hotel
    40. 40. Optional Tours & Shopping
    41. 41. Traditional Chinese Reflexology (Optional) Traditional Chinese reflexology is the ancient art of healing by working pressure points on the feet corresponding to different parts of the body. It helps unblock these pathways by ridding the body of toxins and improving blood circulation. (USD 36 per person)
    42. 42. Acrobatic Show (Optional) The must see show in Shanghai. (USD39 per person)
    43. 43. Huangpu River Cruise (Optional)The cruise gives you a fantastic nighttime view of theShanghai skyline and an unforgettable impression ofGrand Shanghai! (USD 38 per person)
    44. 44. Fengjing Ancient Watertown (Optional)Enjoy the beautiful and natural scenery of this small town. Youwill also visit the Old Street Long Corridor and the ancient dramastage. (USD 43 per person)
    45. 45. Maglev Train (Optional) This bullet train travels at a top speed of 431 kilometers per-hour. It takes only 7 minutes and 20 seconds to cover 30-kilometer trip, which currently takes 30 to 40 minutes by driving. (USD 22 per person)
    46. 46. Best Buy in ChinaPearl, Jade, Cloisonne, and Silk.
    47. 47. About Asia Getaway Established in 1997, Asia Getaway is highly specialized in designing and operating travel programs for business, professional and special interest groups. Whether you are an association looking for an appealing venue for your next conference, a company wishing to network with similar business colleagues overseas, or a travel agent booking a senior group, Asia Getaways experts have the experience and the contacts to make your journey successful.
    48. 48. Testimonials
    49. 49. Testimonials
    50. 50. Testimonials―The Chambers trip to China was the experience of a lifetime! Firsthandexperience gave me an understanding of the country that I never could havegained from just reading about it. I had some reservations about traveling to acommunist country where I had no comprehension of the language, but theChamber staff managed everything beautifully -- from the hotels to therestaurants to a VIP experience at the Shanghai Expo. The trip also offered anamazing 10-day opportunity to get to know my fellow San Antonio travelers better,creating lasting friendships that have been enhanced with several China Travelerreunions since we returned.‖-Cathy Garison, 2010 China Participant"The chance for us to take our teenage son to China was an opportunity of alifetime...and memories were made that we will cherish forever. The entireexperience was fabulous! The accommodations and cuisine were exquisite andevery detail of the tour was flawlessly executed. Our expert guides taught usabout imperial China as we toured ancient sites in Beijing and later showed us theamazing economic growth that is underway in Shanghai and Hangzhou. We evenclimbed to the top of the Great that is a special family memory! Youdont want to miss this unique opportunity to visit is truly amazing!"-David, Paula and Michael McGee, 2011 China Participants
    51. 51. Famous Chinese Quote See you in China!
    52. 52. STEPS TO REGISTER:• Complete Registration Form, $250 deposit• Submit photocopy of passport• Submit travel insurance to Asia Getaway• Submit Chinese Visa Application withphotos, payment & passport by February 1
    53. 53. IMPORTANT DEADLINES TO REMEMBER:• Wednesday, January 11th – payment in full• Wednesday, February 1st – visa deadline• Monday, February 13th – optional tours