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Experience China with The Chamber

The Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce is inviting its members and other business leaders to explore China during a nine-day trip in October 2011.

The trip begins Oct. 24, 2011, from JFK International Airport in New York and ends Nov. 1 at JFK.

During the journey, travelers will visit the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Hangzhou. Sights include Tian An Men Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Ming Tombs, and the Bund.

Travelers will also learn about the Chinese business system, visit some of the country’s economic development zones and have the opportunity to meet with business leaders.

The cost for the trip is $2,099 per person for Chamber members. Cost is $2,399 for nonmembers.

Included in the cost is the following:

  • Round-trip international air fare (does not include travel to and from JFK)
  • 4- and 5-star hotel accommodations
  • Three meals a day
  • Deluxe bus tours
  • Fluent English-speaking tour guides
  • Entrance fees for attractions

Chamber mission to China 2011

Day 1: Oct. 24, JFK/Shanghai/Beijing

Check in at JFK International Airport for an afternoon flight with China Eastern Airlines MU 588 by 4:35 p.m. to Beijing. Your adventure begins as you fly trans-Pacific aboard a wide-cabin jetliner. Cross the International Dateline.

Day 2: Oct. 25, Shanghai/Beijing

Landing at Shanghai at 7:30 p.m. for customs, then take a transit flight MU 5186 9:15 p.m. and arrive in Beijing at 11:35 p.m., the Capital of China at 6 p.m. You will be met by your local tour guide at the airport. Transfer to the hotel.

Day 3: Oct. 26, Beijing

Visit the Tian An Men Square, the largest square in the world, and the Temple of Heaven, built in 1420 A.D., where the emperors prayed to the heaven for a good harvest 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 4: Oct. 27, 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 5: Oct. 28, Beijing/Shanghai/Suzhou

Morning China Eastern 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: Oct. 29, 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-foot-high camphor-wood carved Buddha.

Day 7: Oct. 30, 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: Oct. 31, 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: Nov. 1, Shanghai/JFK

Return flight MU 587 will depart by noon for JFK where you will arrive at 2:15 p.m. on the same day.

Join us! Call Michelle Merritt at (260) 424-1435 or email

Register today

Download our registration form, print it out and complete it, and return it to us with your nonrefundable $300 deposit, which holds your reservation. For more information, email Michelle Merritt or call her at (260) 424-1435.

Deadline for registration and full payment is July 1.

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