Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Alumni Forum 2003 - A Real World Approach to Doing Business in China

Optional Sightseeing Tours and Dinners in Hong Kong and Shanghai

This trip has been postponed and dates below will be changed accordingly. Please check back for updates.

All tours include transportation, admission fees and English speaking guides. Please use the Forum Registration Form to book these activities.

Sunday, Sept. 14 Hong Kong
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Kowloon Highlights Tour
US$ 18.00

This private tour includes stops at the Flower Market, a truly magical experience where you can enjoy colorful displays of exotic blossoms and plants; the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, a favorite gathering place for bird owners featuring songbirds and intricately crafted cages; the Jade Market packed with ornaments and jewelry; and Wong Tai Sin Temple one of the island's most colorful and popular places of worship. Lunch on your own will follow this tour. Requires 20 participants.

2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Shopping Spree
US$15.00

A private tour of Hong Kong's popular shopping district, Lee Yuan East/West in Central Market to seek out unique art, embroideries, silks and other treasures. Requires 20 participants.

Monday,Sept. 15 Hong Kong
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Morning Harbour Cruise
US$ 36.00

A two hour cruise out of Victoria Harbour that includes a trip to a typhoon shelter with views of junks. The firing of the traditional noon day gun in Causeway Bay by Jardiene Matheson & Co., Hong Kong's oldest trading company is a highlight. Lunch on your own will follow this tour. Requires 20 participants.

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Antique Appreciation
US$ 15.00

Enjoy a one-hour lesson in Chinese antique appreciation given by one of HK's foremost experts. Seek out your own treasures on a walk through Hollywood Road fondly known as "antique street" by the locals. This tour is restricted to 10 persons per class only.

7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Floating Restaurant Dinner
US$ 55.00

Join us for a memorable evening at the renowned Jumbo Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen Harbour. This dining palace, theatrically decorated with a thousand lights which is set in a junk and yacht choked waterway promises to be one of the most interesting dining experiences you may have in Hong Kong. Requires 20 participants.

Tuesday, Sept. 16 Hong Kong
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Hong Kong Island Orientation Tour
US$ 24.00

This introductory tour of HK Island features a ride on the Peak Tram, a visit to Victoria Peak for Hong Kong's best views, a walk through Stanley Market with its many shops and stalls selling clothing and souvenirs; stops at bustling Repulse Bay and colorful Aberdeen Fishing Village with its famous floating restaurants. We will take a break for lunch, cost not included in tour price. Minimum of 10 persons.

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Networking Reception for All Conference Participants and Guests

The American Club

Wednesday, Sept. 17 Hong Kong and Shanghai

This day is reserved for sightseeing and travel to Shanghai. Please allow three hours between hotel departure and your flight time.

Before you leave Hong Kong, consider shopping at Pacific Place, Hong Kong's premier shopping destination, immediately adjacent to the hotel. Or you could take time to enjoy one of several self-directed walking tours of Hong Kong. Maps and itineraries can be found at the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

If you arrive early in Shanghai, be sure to take time for a stroll along the Bund with its beautifully restored neo-classical buildings. Plan a stop at the famous Peace Hotel, Shanghai's most treasured colonial building where you can relax to the music of the Old Peace Hotel Jazz Band.

Thursday, Sept.18 Shanghai
8:30 am - 1:00 p.m.

Shanghai Heritage
US$ 28.00

Don't miss this opportunity to experience the old sections of this very rapidly modernizing city to see the French and English Concessions. This trip includes a cruise on the Huangpu River where you will take in the most spectacular sights. Requires 10 participants.

7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Dinner at Sasha's
US$ 55.00

Join us for a memorable dining experience at Sasha's, a very popular continental restaurant, set in the tastefully renovated historic mansion and gardens once owned by T.V. Soong of pre-revolutionary fame. French Quarter ambiance adds to the atmosphere. Price includes a set dinner (without beverages). Requires 20 participants.

Friday, Sept. 19 Shanghai
8:30 am - 1:00 p.m.

Silk Factory & Shopping Tour
US$ 16.00

This tour includes a visit to the Arts & Crafts Research Institute and a silk factory to see how silk is made from the cocoon of the lowly silk-worm. There will be opportunities to purchase some beautiful and unique wares. Requires 10 participants.

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Networking Reception for All Participants and Guests

Shangri-La Pudong Hotel, Shanghai

Saturday, Sept. 20 Shanghai
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Jade Buddha Temple & Yu Gardens
US$ 26.00

Don't miss this opportunity to see "the two treasures of the city" - the Jade Buddha Temple and Yu Yuan Gardens. The temple houses one of the city's most important cultural and religious artifacts. The Gardens, established over 400 years ago, are the city's best example of classic Chinese garden design and architecture. The complex includes a small lake, traditional buildings with tiled roofs and a bustling bazaar where you can search for trinkets and souvenirs. The temple and the gardens are considered to be some of Shanghai's most famous sites. Requires 20 participants.

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