We invite you to experience China with us as the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce hosts a nine-day tour that will take you to Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou – to see the natural beauty, culture and traditions of a country of 1.3 billion people. The tour is open to all Chamber members and the general public, and includes:
- Round-trip international airfare from Vancouver
- All gratuities
- Accommodation in four- and five-star hotels
- Three meals per day
- All in-country transportation
- Experienced English-speaking Tour Guides
- Bus Kelowna-Vancouver and Vancouver-Kelowna on travel days
Cost to Members – based on double occupancy:
$2,475 inclusive - SOLD OUT
For details on the itinerary and other tour information, there are downloadable PDFs below.
Or, email: Caroline Miller at the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-469-7358
Draft Itinerary - Both Trips
Day 1: Oct 7 or 9 – Depart Vancouver-Shanghai-Beijing
Day 2: Cross Dateline - Arrive Beijing. Check into hotel.
Day 3: Visit the 2008 Beijing Olympic venue, the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs, followed by a roasted Peking duck dinner.
Day 4: Visit Tian An Men Square, the Palace Museum (also known as the Forbidden City), the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace. Have a business conference or optional tour or opera or kungfu show.
Day 5: Take a morning flight to Shanghai, then take a tour bus to Suzhou. Afternoon sightseeing to Tiger Hill. Optional Canal Tour.
Day 6: Take a morning visit to the Suzhou silk factory. Continue the tour to Lingering Garden, National Embroidery Institute, and on to Hangzhou after dinner.
Day 7: Enjoy a morning boat cruise on West Lake with a relaxing stopover at jewel-like pagodas and tea houses, followed by an afternoon bus trip to Shanghai.
Day 8: Visit the Shanghai Silk Rug Factory, the Yu Garden, then tour the Bund, a famous waterfront park, and explore the Pudong Economic Development Zone. Optional tour; optional MagLev Train Trip.
Day 9: Oct 15 or 17 Spend your final morning in China on your own, before taking a flight to Vancouver, arriving the same day. Note: Final Itinerary will be released September 2013
Here’s what Chamber travelers in other cities said
about this China trip. . . .
From the Mississauga Board of Trade
“Our first sold-out trip to China in April 2012 was a resounding success. The feedback from travelers was consistent – that it exceeded everyone’s expectations. Nowhere could you find such value, to experience China, four amazing cities, full of outstanding tours, history, culture, beauty and activity, staying in luxurious accommodations and travelling in comfort with the best tour guides one could imagine. This group travel opportunity to China was simply the best one could ever expect!“
Sheldon Leiba, President & CEO, Mississauga Board of Trade
“For anyone with an interest in China but who hasn’t been there yet, I would highly recommend this as a tremendous way to experience the country from various perspectives at an extremely reasonable cost. The tour operator is very professional and we were well taken care of throughout the adventure. The accommodations exceeded our expectations as did the program, which took us to four cities and afforded us an educational experience on both the old Chinese traditions as well as the new China. Everywhere you look there is a fascinating blend of the old and the new, the yin and the yang! I should also mention the networking value of traveling with a group of 60 people, many of whom I hadn’t met before.” Ian MacFadden, Business Development Bank of Canada, MBOT Member and 2011 MBOT Chair
Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce
“All of our passengers last year and this year were tourists. The trip is very well-organized; the guides have excellent English skills and appreciate the nuances of English. They also have an amazing depth of knowledge of the history of China. The accommodations were first-class and the food was great. . . you won’t go hungry as there is lots to choose from. I found the sightseeing to be amazing – it is all so old! The temples, palaces, tombs, etc., are all done on a very grand scale. The modern Shanghai skyline is such a contrast to the Hutong tour in the old city of Beijing.” Roberta Scarrow, General Manager, Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Fergus, Ontario
The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
“When your group is in China, they will have an incredible experience. The tour guides, hotels (especially), drivers, and sights are fantastic, and all have had excellent reviews. We could not have been more pleased.” Christine Ens, Director of Membership & Marketing, The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce