If you’ve every wanted to go to China, but were afraid of
driving there, a long time Southern Alberta ag consultant is organizing his 10th
travel excursion to The Far East this coming March.
The China Venture Tour 2011 is being organized for March 11
to 28 (almost three weeks) by John Calpas of Lethbridge, who has been around
the agriculture industry almost since wheat was discovered.
The tour, which is billed as a five-star, virtually
all-inclusive package costs $5,400 per person, based on double occupancy, but
it offers a professionally guided visit to many of the cultural and industrial
highlights of the country we hear so much about.
Leaving from Calgary and Edmonton, March 11, the tour begins
in Shanghai for a couple days, then onto to Yi-Chang in Hubei Province,
including a ride on a train that travels 431 km/h, a cruise on the Three Gorges
of the Yangtze River, bus tours into the country side, a visit to a Giant Panda
reserve, a visit to a tea plantation, the tomb of the Terra-Cotta warriors, The
Great Wall of China, Beijing, and many other stops.
Calpas, who spent most of his career in various capacities
with Alberta Agriculture, and since retirement has been involved in consulting
and ag-tourism, says he and colleague Dr. John Keng, an agri-business
package. This is a professionally tailored and escorted tour that takes
visitors into the heart of the country.
Deadline for registration is fast approaching, and
organizers need to know in the next few weeks who is interested in coming.
There is a $500 deposit at time of registration.
For more information contact John Calpas at 403-320-1774, or
Mary Rempel at 403-328-1528 or email John at: [email protected]
Lee Hart is a field editor for Grainews in Calgary, Contact
him at 403-592-1964 or by email at [email protected]