Community Alliance 2009 China Tour


11 February 2009

By Alison Taylor

Community Alliance
2009 China Tour “Come Celebrate Active Ageing and
Witness the Current State of the Elderly in China”

At the end of 2008, the number of Chinese elderly over the age of 60 grew beyond 159 million, accounting for 1 out of every 5 of the world’s elders. How to plan for the world’s largest and continually growing number of elderly citizens is of grave concern to global strategies and agendas on ageing. Community Alliance (CA) is offering our 2009 China Tour aimed specifically at better understanding the strategies and challenges China is facing in dealing with our nation’s ageing population. The tour is designed to provide direct exposure and access to the institutions, issues, individuals and interventions taking place to care for the nation’s aged.

Equally important, the tour includes opportunities to touch and feel unique aspects of Chinese society: its culture, traditions, ancient civilization & modern trends, urban development & rural challenges, social progress, and much more…

Why go on the Community Alliance 2009 China Tour?

China is opening up like never before. As a local community organization focused on ageing communities and issues in China, Community Alliance is able to provide unique access and insight to the nature of social development that is happening in China. The tour will provide direct experience in China’s ageing sector and insightful commentary to the accomplishments and real ongoing challenges in China’s ageing sector.

Community Alliance is inviting individuals working on ageing from around the world to join the 2009 China Tour to network, share experiences, celebrate and most of all, learn and understand China.

Who should participate?

Community Alliance welcomes individuals who are particularly interested in global ageing and social development issues facing the elderly in developing nations to participate in the 2009 China Tour. Also, individuals who are interested in learning about alternative models and strategies for serving the elderly will benefit from the 2009 China Tour. Community Alliance welcomes any and all individuals who are interested in or who work to improve the welfare of the elderly and help them to lead dignified, healthy and secured lives.

Tour Details

Duration: April 5th – April 11th, 2009
Location: Beijing, China
Itinerary:

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

  • Participants arrive in Beijing
  • Evening Welcome and Introduction to the Program

Monday, April 6th, 2009

  • Celebrate Community Elderly Activities
  • Visit the Temple of Heaven (Established in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty, it is the largest collection of sacrificial halls used by Chinese Emperors)
  • Experience a Traditional Chinese Opera in a Classic Tea House
  • Witness the Historical Architecture of Qian Men

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

  • Travel to a Local Community Elderly Center
  • View the 2008 Olympics Venues: Bird’s Nest & Water Cube
  • Explore the Lama Temple
  • (One of the largest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world, built in 1694 during the Qing Dynasty)
  • Chinese Medicine I: “How is it made?”
  • (Visit an active local clinic to learn the theory and practice of Chinese medicines and herbs)

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

  • Explore the Forbidden City
  • Take Pictures on Tiananmen Square
  • Chinese Medicine II: “Doctor’s Visit”
  • (A Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor will discuss Traditional Chinese Medicine & Geriatrics and a demonstration about understanding Acupuncture will be conducted)
  • Workshop on Taoism & Chinese Philosophy about Growing Old
  • Tourist Shopping at Beijing’s Famous Silk Market

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

  • Experience a Nursing Home near the Scenic Spot of Ming Dynasty Tombs in Changping County outside Beijing
  • Climb the Great Wall

Friday, April 10th, 2009

  • Dialogue with Chinese Government Representatives on Ageing
  • Wander the Classic Courtyards and Palace Gardens in Dianmen
  • Visit the homes of the Elderly Living in Old-fashioned Hutong
  • Chinese Medicine III: “Acupoints & Chinese Massage”

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

  • Workshop on Ageing Rural Society with a Group of Chinese Elderly from Villages outside Beijing
  • Explore the Summer Palace (listed by UNESCO as World Heritage)
  • Program Review and Discussion
  • Stroll Wangfujing (the Capital’s most famous shopping street)

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

  • Participants Prepare to Leave
  • For those traveling to other major historic cities in China, free consultation and help on trip planning will be provided.

Food & Accommodation:

Accommodations will be provided in 4+ star accommodations conveniently located in Beijing. Throughout the tour, participants will taste classic Beijing food as well as the fine cuisines from across different regions in China. You will taste Beijing Roast Duck from the most famous130-year-old restaurant “Quanjude”, enjoy Chinese hotpot in the 103 year-old tradition of the “Donglaishun” restaurant, dine at the well-known Lao She Tea House named after the celebrated writer of China’s famous pre-revolutionary drama “Tea House”, and much more.

Cost:

The total cost for the tour is USD 1,599 per person. This includes hotel accommodation, food, expenses for workshops, tickets to sights, transportation to all tour-listed activities, English translation and guide service, ground transportation, and airport pickup service. Participants are responsible for their own airfare traveling to and out of Beijing as well as any costs associated with shopping, personal activities and hotel room service fees beyond the covered accommodation.

Special Needs:

If you or anyone accompanying you on the 2009 China Tour has special dietary, medical or access needs, please let us know and we will be happy to do all that we can to accommodate your needs.

About Community Alliance

“Working Together to Protect the Rights and Social Welfare of the Elderly”

Community Alliance is an independent grassroots non-profit organization based in Beijing. Our efforts empower and support the underprivileged and underserved elderly in local communities.

For more information, please contact us at communityallianceageing@gmail.com.

If you are interested in joining the tour, please fill out the attached application form.


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