Travel with the Chamber to China!

The Tour Group to China in 2015.

 McMinnville

“During a trip like this we start out strangers and end as friends with memories that last forever.” ~ Nathan

This could be YOU!

Imagine standing here, in the Bund district of Shanghai, China
with your fellow community members.

 

 

While the 2015 trip is over we are looking at 2016!  If you’re interested in more information about upcoming trips please email  and let us know so we can send you more information!

 

About the 2016 China Trip

The trip is 9 full days from Seattle.  Flying on Hainan Airlines in a beautiful plane with plenty of room and a smooth ride.

Trip Brochure

Itinerary

Here is a full detailed itinerary from my trip this past October.  Our trip in October 2016 will be the same (sans specific dates):

Day 1 Beijing

Check in at Seattle International Airport for an afternoon flight about 2:00pm to Beijing. Your adventure begins as you fly trans-Pacific aboard a wide cabin jetliner. Cross the International Dateline. Arrive in Beijing, the Capital of China at 4:35pm. You will be met by your local tour guide at the airport. Transfer to the hotel, and have dinner on your way at a very wonderful authentic restaurant.

Day 2 Beijing

Visit the Tienanmen Square, the largest square in the world. Sightseeing also includes the Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, home of 24 emperors with a total space of 9,999 rooms, and the Summer Palace, known for many significance such as the Long Corridor with painted gallery, Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill, Seventeen- Arch Bridge and Marble Boat.

Day 3 Beijing

Tour bus excursion to the Great Wall, the 4,000- mile long and 2,000 years old construction is said to be the only man-made structure visible by naked eye from the moon. Visit to the Ming Tombs, one of 13 Ming Emperors’ Tombs is fully excavated and open for exploration. Roasted Beijing Duck Dinner.

Day 4 Beijing

Visit Lama Temple and the Temple of Heaven, built in 1420 A.D., where the emperors prayed to the heaven for a good harvest.

Day 5 Beijing/Shanghai/Suzhou

Morning China Hainan flight to Shanghai, then take the tour bus trip to Suzhou. Afternoon sightseeing to the centuries old Lingering Garden, Tiger Hill and Hanshan Temple. Visit to the National Embroidery Institute to see silk embroidery, an important local craft with 1,000 years history. Evening Dinner Show of the traditional Chinese Music.

Day 6 Suzhou/Hangzhou

Morning tour bus journey to Hangzhou. Visit to Economic Development Zone. Visit to the centuries old Lingyin Temple, with the main feature of the 64.3 ft-high camphor-wood carved Buddha.

Day 7 Hangzhou/Shanghai

Morning boat cruise on West Lake with relaxing stopover at jewel-like pagodas and tea houses. Afternoon tour bus trip to Shanghai.

Day 8 Shanghai

Sightseeing includes the Yu Garden, a maze of marvelous pavilions, ponds, rocky works and over arching trees. Visit to the Bund, a famous waterfront park. Business visit to the Pudong economic development zone.

Day 9 Shanghai/Seattle

You may take the morning flight to transit at Beijing then homeward to Seattle where you will arrive at 12:00pm on the same day.

Extra

Side Trips

Within the trip there are optional side trips that I highly recommend.  They are conducted by other partnering companies that Citslinc lines up for our group which you must pay for at the time of the trip.  Those side trips are detailed here.

Passport and

You will need a passport for the trip. You will also need a Tourist Visa to China. The Visa is handled through Citslinc, managed by the Chamber. The cost for each Visa, which has a 10-year expiration now, is $165. This is an additional cost paid to the Chamber which is passed to Citslinc.

Traveling Solo

If you are planning on attending the trip as a solo traveler (not going with a certain friend/spouse/companion) and wish to have your own room at each hotel then you will add $500 to the trip cost for a single room rate. That covers the entire trip.

Registering

The McMinnville Chamber will manage the organization of details for your trip, from Visas to tour group assignments. We are requiring a $300 deposit paid upon your registration for each traveler. Please find the registration form here.

Other FAQs

Daily Schedule

Q: I’m trying to get a feel for how busy the daily schedule is. So would you briefly describe a day i.e. what time you get up, breakfast, tour until?, and bedtime.

A: Up about 7am, breakfast buffet about 7:30ish. Load the bus about 8:15ish. The start time changes depending on the events for the day, but this is about accurate. Ride to a site and tour. Lunch at a restaurant, often closely connected to the tour site: 11:30 or 12. Enjoy time for an hour or so depending on schedule. Next site (s). Dinner around 5ish. Back to the hotel usually by 7, maybe 8 depending on traffic. Then you are on your own to sleep, or go out on the town via taxi if you are so inclined.

Walking

Q: The longest walk day is the Forbidden City and Peter said it was about 3 miles and would take 3-4 hours. What was the pace like? Availability of public restrooms?

A: The Tiananmen square/Forbidden City was an amazing trip. I don’t remember it being a long walk because: pace is slow and a lot of time given to take in the area. In Tiananmen square proper there is no sitting space or public restroom. However, in the Forbidden City there are a couple public restrooms and plenty of areas to sit with some benches and LOTS of steps to sit on. The walk is rather flat other than to go in a tunnel under the road to get to the Forbidden City and a couple of the gates in the Forbidden City.

Toilets

Q: About those toilets. Peter said you face the door. Do you squat over them? Are there handicap options everywhere we would be?

A: Ah yes, the toilets. They are squatting toilets and most had a bar to hold on to. Many places we go are tourist areas; therefore many western style toilets can be found and are considered handicap toilets (I believe I saw handle bars in most of them). You must bring your own TP. I can’t think of one area where the ladies said they didn’t have an option to use a western toilet if they could wait. For the men I remember seeing a western toilet in every bathroom I went into, but I didn’t visit them all.

Side Trips

Q: It looks like the evenings are meant for the optional side trips or to have down time back at the hotel. If you do a side trip about what time will you get back to the hotel?

A: Actually the side trips are during the day. I am highly encouraging everyone to take part in the side trips. If you choose not too, the group is split and those not doing the side tour go explore another area and spend time just relaxing. I was such a fan of the side trip I was trying to figure out how to sell the trip to include it, but just couldn’t get it worked out. To do the main side trips you would need $120 US and the all inclusive tip is $39US per traveler. I highly suggest partaking in the trips. They are relaxing and were some of my favorite places to visit.

Reasons to Go

Q: It looks like the evenings are meant for the optional side trips or to have down time back at the hotel. If you do a side trip about what time will you get back to the hotel?

A: Actually the side trips are during the day. I am highly encouraging everyone to take part in the side trips. If you choose not too, the group is split and those not doing the side tour go explore another area and spend time just relaxing. I was such a fan of the side trip I was trying to figure out how to sell the trip to include it, but just couldn’t get it worked out. To do the main side trips you would need $120 US and the all inclusive tip is $39US per traveler. I highly suggest partaking in the trips. They are relaxing and were some of my favorite places to visit.