China Tour 2010

China tour 2010

“The Poets’ Trail”
Shanghai and the Water-towns of South-east China
(Suzhou, Wuxi, Yixing, Yangzhou, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Shaoxing, Ningbo, Wuzhen)

18th – 28th September 2010

wuzhen1The natural beauty of China’s south-eastern provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang has inspired generations of scholars and artists, whose works form part of the nation’s great cultural legacy.  Our tour will follow the Poets’ Trail and take us to some of the best-loved scenic spots along the tributaries of the Yangtse River (Changjiang), which, with its access to Shanghai and other coastal cities, have also spawned diverse handicraft industries, such as silk and lacquer.

Sadly, many of these artisanal skills, along with edifices of cultural value, are being lost in the name of modernisation.  As China expands her tourist industry, conservationists are being called upon to undo some of the damage and revive the region and its traditions.

0eda7526b0253d2a908f9d8eThe focus of our tour will therefore be conservation and we will invite renowned urban planner Professor Ruan Yisan, of Tongji University in Shanghai and winner of UNESCO’s Award of Distinction for Conservation, to talk about his projects in Suzhou, Shaoxing, Wuzhen and the Grand Canal, amongst others.  We will start in the grand metropolis of Shanghai, now centre stage for Expo 2010, but formerly renowned as a city of gangsters and revolutionaries, Eastern exoticism and Western decadence.  Prof Ruan will take us on a guided tour of streets and buildings that he has helped bring back to their former glory in a bid to preserve a significant part of China’s cultural heritage.


Special Prices for Meridian Society Members, SACU Members and Meridian School Students only

  • £798 per person for shared twin room
  • £998 per person for single room

Prices for Non-members

  • £845 per person shared twin room
  • £1045 per person for single room

Airfare from London to Shanghai return is not included in the above prices.

Useful websites for purchasing international airfares, China visa and travel insurance:,,,

Note: It is mandatory to take out individual travel/medical insurance for the entire duration of your stay in China including your Depature and Arrival to London.

The Society has the right to cancel the tour by 1st July if insufficient members have booked to operate the tour.



See here for information on the China Tour 2010 pre-tour talk.