As one of the most important China tourism promotion events in the Midwest, China Tour Night in Minneapolis was a blast back in 2008. It was co-hosted by China National Tourist Office (CNTO), Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) and CIAC Travel Inc., the local China tour specialist in Minnesota. This event was initiated with the intention to promote the unique beauty of China to the local travel companies, helping them better understand the Chinese travel market and promote China as the destination of first choice. After a year and a half of preparation, the 2nd China Tour Night finally took place in Midwest, except this time it was bigger and covered three cities: Chicago, Milwaukee and Minneapolis.

March 20th - 27th, 2010

China Insight cordially invites you to join us on this 8-day trip that will visit the following great cities: Beijing; Shanghai; Suzhou; and Tongli. The tour includes: Round-trip airfare from Seattle; 5-star luxury hotel accommodations; Three meals each day; Duluxy coach bus; Professional tour guides; Admission; Airport Taxes; and Business activities throughout the trip! Tour Cost: All inclusive for Only $1890/pp!

Shanghai, China will be host to the largest World Expo in history in 2010.  The Expo will last for six months: May 1-Oct. 31.  Some 70 million visitors are expected.  A majority of the visitors (60 million) will be Chinese and the rest will be international visitors.  To date, 185 countries and 46 international organizations have accepted invitations to attend the World Expo, the largest number in Expo history.  This will be the first time China hosts a World Expo.

Mary Warpeha spent a month in China (from March 20 to April 22) teaching a class on American Culture at Beijing Royal School to students who hope to attend American universities. She captured her experience in words and pictures. Just a few of the many photos of her journey are represented here.To learn more about her stay in China, visit her blog and online photo albums.

By Katie Ross, Breck School

Bicycles, pollution, and rice paddies - those three elements defined my memory of China prior to this trip. My parents and I went to Hong Kong in 1997 and Mainland China in 2000, so while I didn’t remember much about the country, my perspective was shaped by what I took in as a 5- and 8-year old. I remembered streets where bikes far outnumbered cars and where entire families piled onto a small, one-gear bike. I remembered the grey haze that seemed ever present in the cities. And I remembered lush, green rice paddies of the Guilin countryside farmed by a single farmer maneuvering a steel plow behind a water buffalo. That is how I remembered China, but now after 10 years, another trip, and immense changes in China, I have a new impression of China.

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