Residents from all communities, businesspeople, and civic leaders will have a rare opportunity to experience China’s centuries-old culture, customs and history - all at an incredibly low price - through the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming trips to China. Following their overwhelmingly successful 2013 trip, a memorable 9-day journey is planned to four of China’s great cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Hangzhou, departing on October 10, returning on October 18, 2014. As an exciting option, this year travelers may choose a second 9-day itinerary for the same dates, to Beijing, Shanghai, and Xi’an, the location of the historic Terra-Cotta Warriors.
The all-inclusive 4-city trip is offered at the extremely low price of only $2,899. The cost includes: Round trip international airfare from ORD; 4 & 5-star hotels; three full meals a day; intra-city air and ground transportation; fluent English-speaking tour guides; luxury coaches, opportunities for shopping throughout the trip; and admission to all tours and attractions. For those that choose the second trip itinerary, the cost is only an additional $500, and includes all of the same amenities. This chance of a lifetime trip is extremely desirable, and will have limited availability. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis; early sign-up is strongly encouraged. Trip prices are per person, based on double occupancy.
“The Chamber is the perfect organization to offer this delegation trip as an opportunity to educate our community on China’s incredible culture, expanding economy, and rich history,” says Ginny Glasner, Executive Director of the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce. “I have personally experienced this amazing trip last year, and can tell you that the accommodations are first-class. We were treated as dignitaries representing America throughout the entire trip.”
In addition to the cultural and tourist experience, there will be a rare opportunity for entrepreneurs to participate in a ‘Meet and Greet’, and learn about the potential of making business connections in China. “The HP Chamber trip to China allowed me to personally visit a factory that I wanted to begin using,” shares Sue Monhait, a participant in the 2013 trip, and owner of The Ribbon Print Company in Highland Park. “This has been a huge win for both my business financially, and my customers in terms of product quality and pricing. The relationship I now have with them would not have been possible without this trip.”
Doug and Laurel Hart were travelers on the Chamber’s 2013 trip. Doug Hart says, “This trip was awesome, an experience of a lifetime! The accommodations were great.” Laurel Hart adds, “It gave a real overview of China for people that had never been there before. I would absolutely refer this trip to my friends.”
There will be an initial informational meeting, reception, and opportunity for registration, on Monday, March 3, at 5:30pm, at the Courtyard by Marriott, 1505 Lake Cook Road, Highland Park. Peter Liu of Citslinc International, the tour operator, will be present to answer questions and familiarize you with details of the trip.
Upcoming informational meetings will be held at the Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel Avenue, 5:30pm on:
Thursday, April 3, Tuesday, May 6 and Thursday, June 12
RSVP’s appreciated. Visit the Chamber website at www.chamberhp.com for additional information.