China/Korea Trip
Preparation
By
Tami Didlot
Dale Lemmond
Joe Locke
Brenda Nuefeld
A journey of a thousand
miles begins with a single
step.
-- Confucius
Geography/Topography
Located in East Asia on the western
shore of the Pacific Ocean
Covers a land area of 9.6 million sq km
or 5.9 million sq miles
3rd largest country in the world next to
Russia and Canada
1,500 rivers
Geography/Topography
The Yarlungzangbo River flows
through the largest canyon in the
world The Yarlungzangbo Canyon.
The canyon is 505 km long (314 miles)
and 6,009 m (19,750 feet) deep.
Mt. Qomolangma is the world’s highest
peak at 8,848 m (29,029 feet)
The Yangtze River is the third longest
in the world.
Mt. Everest
Population
1,321,851,888 people
Most populous country in the world
About 22% of the world’s total
Growth rate of 1.07% per year
Population Breakdown
Average life span is
71 years.
Urban
36%
Population by Age
Rural
64%
65 and Over
6.96%
15 to 64
70.15%
22.89%
Below 14
China’s Population Density
China’s Currency
The Renminbi (RMB) is usually called the Yuan.
At present, the Yuan is worth about US $0.12,
with slight daily fluctuations
The Bank of China has exchange desks for
foreign currency and travelers checks with
convenient hours at all hotels, airports, Friendship
Stores, and other shopping areas.
Visa, Master Card, American Express, Diner's Club, Federal Card,
Million Card, and JCB credit cards are accepted at most hotels
and state run shops in the major cities.
Travelers should be prepared to pay in Yuan when shopping in
smaller shops and at restaurants.
100 RMB
The maximum denomination note.
Equivalent to about $13 US.
RMB notes come in 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and
1 RMB ($.13 US) denominations
Jiao – One tenth of a RMB
1 Jiao (0.1 RMB) note and coins. Note,
the 1 Jiao coin is tiny. Its about 1cm
across.
Equivalent to about $.01 US.
Fen – One hundredth of a RMB
1 Fen (0.01 RMB) note and coin. Another
one of the cute souvenir notes. Worth
pretty much nothing ($.001 US)
Most of the Fen coins are bigger than the
1 Jiao, but worth much less.
ATM Transactions
The main foreign friendly ATMs are
controlled by the Bank of China.
Bank of China ATMs work in both Chinese and English
(depending on your card) and are pretty easy to find.
Decide to continue or take your card. The transaction limits
on most bank accounts is set pretty low. The maximum you
will be able to withdraw in one request is about 2500 RMB
($300), sometimes as little as 1500 RMB. You can press the
continue button and try to get more cash out up to the
ATMs daily limit. Most USA banks allow you about 5500 RMB
($685) per day, but this is controlled by your own bank.
ATM Tip
On the select account
screen (pictured right)
it is essential that you
use the left buttons to
select your account as this is what
determines the language you will be
using. If you mistakenly press the
buttons on the right, you will be in
Chinese from that point onwards.
Security
The general impression you get is that the streets are very safe.
There are virtually no crimes committed against tourists visiting China.
Even during the late evening hours travelers have little to be
concerned about. The Chinese are friendly and hospitable, and
Chinese law is quite strict.
The biggest danger you face when visiting Beijing is being involved in
some kind of traffic accident. Crossing the road is an often frightening
experience, and so is riding in a taxi for most foreign tourists.
The next danger is pickpockets. All Chinese hotels provide an in-room
safe or locked security boxes at the front desk. Leave valuables at the
hotel.
Telephone Numbers: Dial 110 for Police, 120 for Emergency
Language – Mandarin (Standard Chinese)
As one of the six official languages used by UN (United
Nations), Chinese now has earned itself greater status in
the World.
English is a required course and universal education in
China and has great popularity. Nowadays many Chinese
people can speak basic English, especially the youth,
students, and staff of service trades like hotels, restaurants,
airlines, banks and post offices.
In large cities there are more people who can communicate
with foreigners in English than smaller towns & cities.
However, in rural or remote areas, few people can speak
English or other foreign languages.
Korean Language is spoken by inhabitants of North and
South Korea
China is one of the countries with the greatest
diversity of wildlife in the world.
More than 4,400 species of vertebrates,
more than 10 percent of the world's total.
There are nearly 500 animal species,
1,189 species of birds,
More than 320 species of reptiles
210 species of amphibians.
Wildlife peculiar to China includes
such well-known animals as
the giant panda,
golden-haired monkey,
South China tiger,
brown-eared pheasant,
white-flag dolphin,
Chinese alligator, and
red-crowned crane,
totaling more than 100 species
Water Use
China
United States
Domestic
11%
Domestic
12%
Industry
22%
Agriculture
66%
Industry
5%
Hydro
electric
47%
Agriculture
37%
Land Use - 2005
Arable,
14.86%
Permanent
Crops,
1.27%
Other,
83.87%
China’s Agricultural Regions
0 10 30
Severe Weather Conditions
frequent typhoons (about five per year
along southern and eastern coasts)
damaging floods
tsunamis
earthquakes
droughts
land subsidence
Increased Pollution & Degradation
of Natural Resources
One of the serious negative consequences of China's rapid industrial
development.
China is widely expected to surpass the United States as the world's
largest emitter of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases
sometime in 2007 or 2008.
A World Health Organization report on air quality in 272 cities
worldwide concluded that seven of the world's 10 most polluted cities
were in China.
According to China's own evaluation, two-thirds of the 338 cities for
which air-quality data are available are considered polluted--two-thirds
of them moderately or severely so.
Environmental Problems
air pollution (greenhouse gases, sulfur dioxide
particulates) from reliance on coal produces acid rain;
water shortages, particularly in the north;
water pollution from untreated wastes;
deforestation;
estimated loss of one-fifth of agricultural land since 1949
to soil erosion and economic development;
desertification;
trade in endangered species
Health Issues
Respiratory and heart diseases related to air pollution are the leading
cause of death in China.
Almost all of the nation's rivers are considered polluted to some degree,
and half of the population lacks access to clean water. By some
estimates, every day approximately 300 million residents drink
contaminated water. Ninety percent of urban water bodies are severely
polluted.
Water scarcity also is an issue; for example, severe water scarcity in
Northern China is a serious threat to sustained economic growth and the
government has begun working on a project for a large-scale diversion
of water from the Yangtze River to northern cities, including Beijing and
Tianjin.
Acid rain falls on 30% of the country.
Various studies estimate pollution costs the Chinese economy 7%-10%
of GDP each year.
Saturday – Feb. 16th
OKC – Delta Airlines #3794
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Departing at 5:25 pm
Tulsa – United #5317
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Departing at 2:25 pm
Salt Lake City – Delta Airlines #227
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Departing at 9:05 pm
Chicago O’Hare – United #127
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Departing at 6:30 pm
Los Angeles – Asiana Airlines #203
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Scheduled Arrival 10:10 pm
Scehduled Arrival 8:52 pm
Departing at 12:30 am
Sunday – Feb. 17th
Travel together to Korea
All meals on the plane.
Set your clocks ahead
14 Hours – We lose a day going forward.
Monday – Feb. 18
Arrive at Incheon Korea International
Airport at 7:00 am
Depart on Asiana #333 at 10:00 am
Arrive at Beijing International Airport at
10:45 am.
Beijing Geography
Beijing is flat except for the hills to the
north
Strategically close to hills and
mountains
Beijing is one of the few major cities in
China that does not lie on a major river
Home for 15 million
Beijing Climate
Average February high
temperature is 4° Celsius
High of 40 ° F
Average February low
temperature is -7 ° Celsius
Average February rainfall is
8 mm (0.3 inches)
Dry & Windy
Low of 20 ° F
Monday – Feb. 18
Check into hotel
Lunch
Tian’anmen Square
Forbidden City
Dinner at the hotel
Jianguo Garden Hotel
Mon. Feb. 18 – Wed. Feb. 20
The hotel is rated as a four star
facility, all rooms are equipped with:
Central Air-Conditioning
(We hope that’s heat too!)
Satellite TV
International Direct Dialing
Broadband Network
Mini-bar
Hair Dryer
In-room Safety Deposit Box
Automatic Electronic Pot
Bathtub and Complete Shower
Facilities for its guests use:
work out in the gym,
swim in the indoor pool
thunder about in the squash courts, or
relax in the sauna or billiards room.
The business center provides facsimile, typing
and photocopying services.
There is one Chinese restaurant, one Western
restaurant and a cafeteria in the hotel
Business Center
Travel Service Counter
Souvenir Shop
Flower Shop
Barber Shop
24H Antehall Service
Car Hire
Airport Transportation
Currency Convert
Laundry Service
Freestanding Exercise
Gymnastics apparatus
Squash
Sauna
Bowling
Table tennis
Chess & Poker
Billiards
Swimming Pool
Beauty Parlor and Barber shop
Tian’anmen Square
Mao Tse Tung's tomb in the middle of
Tianeman Square
Dimensions
are 500 by 900 meters.
The Forbidden City
In the early 1400s,
the third Ming
Emperor, moved the
capital of China to
Beijing. In 1406, he
began construction
of a new 'Forbidden
City' that would include the imperial palace complex.
The Forbidden City, located at the exact center of the
ancient city of Beijing, was the home and center of
power for 24 emperors during the mid to latter Ming and
Qing dynasties
The extensive grounds of the Forbidden City
cover 720,000 square meters
There are 800 buildings
About 9,000 rooms
The Forbidden City is the world's largest
palace complex.
Tuesday – Feb. 19
Breakfast at hotel
Great Wall of China
Lunch
American Embassy – Agricultural Officer
Xiushui Silk Market
Dinner – Peking Duck
The Great Wall of China
The Wall is
an absolutely
amazing
achievement.
You have to
see it to
really
appreciate
its
awesome
size.
Silk Market
The new Xiushui Market is a five-story building with three
underground stories covering an area of 28,000 square
meters. The new market is open to business for the golden
shopping time after five o'clock in the afternoon in order to
meet the demand for shopping after work.
Items which you can find in this market include: Shoes, Jeans,
Trousers, Jackets, Shirts, Chinese Souvenirs, Chinese
Rugs/Carpets, Golf Equipment, Pearls, Watches, Sunglasses,
Silk by the roll, Chinese Paintings, Small Electronics and many
other things. It also has a small supermarket in the
basement. Prices are generally very reasonable here
compared to your home country and if you are a skilled
bargainer, you might be able to get things ridiculously cheap.
Wednesday – Feb. 20
Breakfast at hotel
Beijing Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital
2 Farm Visits – Dairy & Beef Cattle
Lunch
New Century Horticultural Farm
Dinner at local restaurant
Peking Opera
Peking Opera
A form of traditional Chinese theater which
combines music, vocal performance, mime,
dance and acrobatics.
There are four main types of roles: sheng
(male) dan (young female), jing( painted
face,male), and chou (clown, male or
female).
The characters may be loyal or treacherous,
beautiful or ugly, good or bad, their images
being vividly manifested.
Olympic Games – Aug. 8-24, 2008
Thursday – Feb. 21
Breakfast
Meeting with China Ministry of
Agriculture and Beijing Xinfadi
Agricultural Products Wholesale Market
Lunch
Chinese Animal Export Company
Dinner near the Airport
Flight to Xian
Xian Geography
Xi'an lies on the Guanzhong Plain in the
central part of China
Qinling Mountains are south
Wei River is north
8 million people
Xian Climate
Average February high
temperature is 8° Celsius
High of 47 ° F
Average February low
temperature is -2 °
Celsius
Low of 28 ° F
Average February rainfall
is 12 mm (0.5 inches)
Dry & Windy
Tian Yu Gloria Plaza Hotel
Thur. Feb. 21 – Sat. Feb. 23
The hotel is rated as a four star
facility, all rooms are equipped with:
Individual-controlled airconditioning,
Color TV with satellite
television reception,
Mini-bar,
Refrigerator,
DDD&IDD telephone line,
Hair dryer,
Broadband Internet
connections,
Tea/coffee making facilities
In-room safe.
Hotel has its own
fully-equipped
gymnasium
Spa Center, which
features a steam
bath, whirlpools,
sauna and
massage service.
A snooker and
games room.
Hotel Services
Business Center
Shopping Arcade
Safe Deposit Boxes
Airport Transfer
Manager On-duty 24 hours
Laundry & Dry Cleaning
Foreign Exchange
In-house Clinic
24-hour Room Service
Major Credit Cards accepted
Chinese & Western Restaurant
Friday – Feb. 22
American style breakfast at the hotel
Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Ancient City Walls
Farmers Market & Supermarket
Lunch
Tour wholesale distributor of farm seeds
& fertilizers
Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a
well-preserved ancient
building and a holy place
for Buddhists. It is located
in the southern suburb of
Xian City, about 4
kilometers (2.49 miles)
from the downtown of the
city.
Saturday – Feb. 23
Breakfast
82km drive to Yangling (Area where the
Chinese agricultural civilization began)
North West Agriculture University
National Agriculture High-Tech Industry
Demonstration Zone
Tour Caotan Dairy Farm
Return to Xian for Dinner
Sunday – Feb. 24
Check out of hotel after Breakfast
Hua Qing Pool and Museum of the Qin
Terracotta Warriors & Horses
Lunch
Yin Qiao dairy processing plant.
Flight to Shanghai & check into hotel
Museum of the
Qin Terracotta
Warriors & Horses
One of the
“Eight Wonders
of the World”
2000 years ago a
Chinese Emperor united
China and began a
series of construction
projects. One was the
Great Wall of China,
another was the terracotta warriors.
8,000 Warriors and
Horses built as his
eternal imperial guard.
Originally they held
sharp weapons and
where probably brightly
painted.
Shanghai Geography
Total area of 6,341 square kilometers
(about 2,448 square miles)
Faces the East China Sea
Major port
One of the most futuristic looking cities
in the world
Largest city in China population of 17
million
Shanghai Climate
Average February high
temperature is 9° Celsius
High of 48 ° F
Average February low
temperature is 1 ° Celsius
Average February rainfall
is 63 mm (2.5 inches)
Damp & Drizzly
Low of 35 ° F
Shanghai Ever Bright Hotel
Sun. Feb. 24 – Mon. Feb 25.
The hotel is rated as a four star facility,
all rooms are equipped with:
Guestroom Facilities:
The hotel has 800 well-furnished rooms, ranging from standard
to business class and deluxe suites. The hotel is ideal for guests
on a business trip or participating in a conference.
Broad band is available in the business classed rooms.
The following credit cards are accepted - American Express,
Diners Club, Visa, Master Card, JCB, Great Wall Card and Peony
Card.
Sports Center
an indoor swimming pool,
an indoor tennis court
a well furnished Gymnasium
games such as billiards, table tennis, squash and
badminton are also available
sauna,
foot massages,
a beauty salon.
Restaurants & Lounges
The Coffee Shop is a great place to chat and have a snack or
meals with friends. You can unwind with a drink and relax to
live music, especially after an exhausting day of work.
Opening hours: 24 hours
The Bakery offers a daily and wide variety of oven fresh bread
and pastries, especially welcome during your coffee breaks!
Opening hours: 24hours
The Meeting Bar a new concept bar is another convenient
place for guests to unwind after a meeting or seminar, and to
follow up on the issues raised.
Opening hours: 9:00-20:00
Monday – Feb. 25
Breakfast
Agricultural Trade Officer briefing on ag trade
Temple of Jade Buddha
The Children’s Palace
The Bund
The Nanjing Road
Dinner
Temple of Jade Buddha
The Jade Buddha Temple houses two exceptional
Buddha statues, each exquisitely carved from a
single piece of white jade. The temple's
architectural design is also very impressive.
Children’s Palace
A Generation of Little Emperors
Time Asia – 9/27/99
by Lori Reese
If you restrict families to just one child--as China has, more or less, since 1980-you're going to get a whole lot of spoiled kids. The problem in China is so acute
that it's changing how society functions.
To see these Little Emperors in action, step inside the Shanghai branch of the
China Children's Welfare Institute, better known as the Children's Palace.
There are classes in piano, painting, calligraphy,
dancing and computer. Kids can attend one or two
programs according to their own interests. All the
kids, 5-14 years old, can get into the palace as
long as they can pass a simple examination and
pay 100 yuan tuition for one term.
The Bund – The International Architectural Display
Banks,
commercial
buildings,
national
organizations,
restaurants,
clubs, press
etc. The Bund
assembles the
architectural
buildings of
finance and
trade from all
over the
world.
Nanjing Road
Shanghai is an ideal "shopping
paradise"; Nanjing Road, known as
"China's No.1 Street",
It’s open 24-hour a day
5 major functions of shopping, tourism,
business, exhibition and culture.
Tuesday – Feb. 26
Breakfast
Visit Shanghai’s foreign investment
development zone.
Lunch
Flight to Seoul
Introductory tour of Seoul
Check into hotel
Dinner
Seoul Geography
The Han River flows through the center
of Seoul
Rocky mountains circle the city
The center of Seoul has a mountain
called Namsan, which has a tower on
top that enables one to see almost all
of the city on a clear day.
10,000,000 people
Seoul Climate
Average February high
temperature is 8° Celsius
High of 46 ° F
Average February low
temperature is -7 ° Celsius
Low of 19 ° F
Average February rainfall is
21 mm (0.8 inches)
Rex Hotel
Tue. Feb. 26 – Wed. Feb 27.
• Hotel Facilities:
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Laundry facilities
Lobby
Restaurant
Room service
The hotel is rated as a three star
facility, all rooms are equipped with:
Air conditioning
Cable / Satellite TV
Hairdryer
Mini bar
Private bathroom
Radio
Telephone
Location
Located in the heart of Seoul, the Rex
Hotel is close to the Namdaemun
Market, Myung-dong as well as
shopping and entertainment areas. This
property is 2 minutes walk from the
Hoehyun Metro Station and a kilometre
from Seoul Train station.
Wednesday – Feb. 27
Breakfast
USDA Foreign Ag Service Ag Trade Office
US Meat Export Federation
 US Wheat Associates
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Lunch
National Agricultural Cooperative Federation
of Korea
Shopping & sightseeing on your own
Thursday – Feb. 28
Shopping & sightseeing on your own
Lunch – On your own.
Return Flights
Depart on Asiana Airlines #202 at 4:30 pm
Arrival at LAX on 11:30 am (the same day)
Turn your clocks back 14 hours and gain back the
day we lost going. This is the hard part!
Luggage for the Trip
Limited to 1 bag not
weighing more than 44 lbs.
1 Carry-on not weighing
more than 22 lbs.
No liquids more than 3ozs in
your carry-on
No valuables in your packed
luggage – camera, phone,
money
List for Male
11 PR UNDERWEAR
11 PR SOCKS
2 TIES
5 STARCHED SHIRTS
3 PR OF THERMAL OR UNDER
ARMOR
3 PR OF KAKI PANTS
3 PR OF JEANS
1 PR OF SLACKS
1 SUIT JACKET
1 HEAVY WOOL OR DOWN COAT
2 SWEATERS OR SWEATSHIRTS
PAJAMAS OR LOUNGE WEAR
List for Female
UNDERGARMENTS FOR 11 DAYS
4 PR OF THERMAL OR UNDER
ARMOR
4 PR OF JEANS
4 PR OF SLACKS
2 BLAZERS OR SUIT JACKETS
3 SWEATERS
8 SHIRTS
PAJAMAS OR LOUNGE WEAR
SENSIBLE SHOES
HEAVY WOOL OR DOWN COAT
Packing Tips
Try to organize your suitcase so
what goes together is in the same
suitcase. This will limit the
amount of unpacking you will
have to do at each location.
Roll t-shirts, socks, and
undergarments. They take up
less space this way.
Packing Tips
One you are at a location unpack
what you will be wearing at that
location and then re-pack as you go,
so when you are ready to leave
there is nothing to do but zip and
go.
If you keep your dirty or worn
clothes folded and neat after you
take them off, they will take up less
space in your bag.
Electricity
Electrical appliances will require an adapter
that can change the shape of the plug prongs,
as well as an electrical voltage converter that
will allow a normal 110-volt American appliance
to take 220 Volt Chinese current.
Throughout China 220 volt is used, although 4
& 5-star hotels are wired for use of 110-volt
electrical appliances.
Most hotels have a hair-dryer in each room.
Customs Clearance
Restricted Inbound and Outbound Items:
Cigarettes/ Cigars/ Tobacco Products Duty Free Allowance:
For inbound: 400 cigarettes.
For outbound: 4 cartons of tobacco products.
Alcoholic Beverages Duty Free Allowance:
For inbound: 2 bottles each not exceeding 0.75 liter;
Chinese Herbs & Patent Medicines:
For outbound: Max. 300 Yuan per person to foreign countries.
Exceeding the limit on musk and other Chinese herbs and medicines are prohibited.
Gifts Items Duty Free Allowance:
For inbound: reasonable quantity of perfume for personal use
Gold, Silver & Ornaments:
For inbound: amount not exceeding 50 grams.
Exporting any of these purchased items (including handicrafts of inlaid gold/silver ware)
is only allowed with special invoices issued by PRC.
Electronic Appliances:
For inbound: One each of the following items is allowed: Camera, portable tape-recorder,
portable cinecamera, portable video camera, portable computer.
Prohibited Articles:
For inbound: Arms, imitation arms, ammunition, explosives of all kinds, counterfeit
currencies/negotiable securities, printed matter, films, photos, gramophone records,
cinematographic films, loaded recording tapes/video-tapes, CDs (video & audio), storage
media for computers, articles which are detrimental to the political, economic, cultural and
moral interest of China. Deadly poisons of all kinds. Opium, morphine, heroin, marijuana,
other addiction- inducing drugs and psychedelics. Animals, plants and/or products made
thereof infected with or carrying diseases
Export: is the same as prohibited articles for import. Manuscripts, printed matter, films, photos,
gramophone records, cinematographic films, loaded recording tapes/video tapes, CDs (video
& audio), storage media for computers and other articles which involve state secrets, valuable
cultural relics and other relics prohibited for exports Endangered or rare animals, plant
(including specimens, seeds and/or reproducing materials).
Philippians 4:19-20
19 And my God will meet all your
needs according to his glorious riches in
Christ Jesus.
20 To our God and Father be glory for
ever and ever. Amen.
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