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Design Expedition to China

November 8–21, 2019


2019 Design Expedition to China

Design is Flourishing in China. See it Firsthand.

November 8–21, 2019

This is a rare opportunity to meet some of the top designers and visit firms, schools and design associations in metropolitan China. Following up on the successful 2008 AIGA Design Expedition to China, Christopher Liechty and Shan Huang once again open doors to a unique style of bilingual design exchange. During the visit, dialog will come to life as they facilitate a bilateral portfolio sharing session between our designers and the hosting firm/association. Q&A will spark discussions about creative process, industry trends and impact of the economy on the design community from both sides.


Trip Map

China | Shanghai, Guangzhou, Macau, Hong Kong

 

Trip highlights:

  • Receive receptions from design schools, top firms, design associations

  • Visit 2 of the biggest cities in China plus Hong Kong and Macau

  • Experience the high speed rail and the longest open sea bridge crossing on earth


Design Expedition Leadership

Christopher Liechty

AIGA Fellow 2008 & 2011

Christopher Liechty is a designer, author, and business innovator. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and successfully led a group of 30 designers to China in 2008. He spent 11 years working as vice president of marketing in the banking industry, and in 2019 he has turned his focus to Culture3, LLC, a consulting practice offering research, innovation process and global business consulting. In addition to his rich background in graphic design and marketing, he is also experienced in human-centered design, or design thinking, as it applies to business processes, products and services.

Liechty was named a Fellow of AIGA, the professional association for design, in 2008 and 2011 for his significant contribution to the design industry. He is one of only two people who have ever received this recognition twice.

Shan Huang

Shan Huang is the co-organizer for the cultural exchange programs. As a trained graphic designer and AIGA member with multi-disciplinary background for over a decade, he contributed design support for the 2008 AIGAXCD Expedition to China. In 2018, he was involved with The China National Export Commodities Packaging Research Institute (CEPI) in communicating with WorldStar Packaging Awards. Shan holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in Graphic Design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a Master of Fine Art in Design and Technology from Parsons the New School for Design.

 

Itinerary

8–21 November 2019

Day 0 | Thursday, November 7, 2019

Los Angeles

If you need to fly from your home to Los Angeles, please arrive one day earlier in order to ensure that you do not miss the flight to Hong Kong.


Day 1 | Friday, November 8, 2019

Los Angeles–Hong Kong

Meal(s) Provided:

Lunch

Afternoon:

Meet at (TBD) restaurant to get to know your traveling peers.

Evening:

Fly from Los Angeles to Hong Kong.

Flight departs at night.

Accommodation:

Plane (LAX-HKG)

Transportation:

Plane


Day 2 | Saturday, November 9

En Route

On flight from Los Angeles to Hong Kong.


Day 3 | Sunday, November 10

Hong Kong–Shanghai

Meal(s) Provided:

Lunch, Dinner

Morning:

Flight from Los Angeles to Hong Kong arrives in early morning.

Transfer to flight from Hong Kong to Shanghai.

Afternoon:

Check into the hotel.

Visit sites:

Evening:

Return to hotel and rest

Accommodation:

Hotel (Shanghai)

Transportation:

Plane, Bus


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Day 4 | Monday, November 11

Shanghai

Meal(s) Provided:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning:

Tour sites:

Afternoon:

Visit a design school, including a reception, mutual portfolio presentations and Q&A.

Evening:

Return to hotel and rest

Accommodation:

Hotel (Shanghai)

Transportation:

Bus


Day 5 | Tuesday, November 12

Shanghai

Meal(s) Provided:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning:

Visit a design firm including mutual portfolio presentation and Q&A.

Afternoon:

Visit Shanghai Museum to see thousands of antique artifacts.

Evening:

Return to hotel and rest.

Accommodation:

Hotel (Shanghai)

Transportation:

Bus


Day 6 | Wednesday, November 13

Shanghai

Meal(s) Provided:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning:

Visit a design school, including a reception, mutual portfolio presentations and Q&A.

Afternoon:

Receive reception with a local design association with Q&A.

Evening:

Return to hotel and rest.

Accommodation:

Hotel (Shanghai)

Transportation:

Bus


Day 7 | Thursday, November 14

Shanghai-Guangzhou

Meal(s) Provided:

Breakfast, Lunch

Morning:

Check out of the hotel.

Bus tour of sites in metro Shanghai, such as Oriental Pearl TV Tower and others.

Afternoon:

Board the high-speed train to Guangzhou. Dine at your leisure while enjoying the scenery.

Evening:

Arrive in Guangzhou at night and check in to the hotel.

Accommodation:

Hotel (Guangzhou)

Transportation:

Bus, High Speed Rail


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Day 8 | Friday, November 15

Guangzhou

Meal(s) Provided:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning:

Visit a packaging and production factory to see an entire process from design to assembled product.

Afternoon:

Visit a design school, including a reception, mutual portfolio presentations and Q&A.

Evening:

Return to hotel and rest.

Accommodation:

Hotel (Guangzhou)

Transportation:

Bus


Day 9 | Saturday, November 16

Guangzhou

Meal(s) Provided:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning:

Visit historical sites

Afternoon:

Visit Guangdong Museum.

Evening:

Take a cruise tour of the Pearl River. Return to hotel and rest.

Accommodation:

Hotel (Guangzhou)

Transportation:

Bus, Cruise


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Day 10 | Sunday, November 17

Guangzhou-Macau

Meal(s) Provided:

Breakfast

Morning:

Check out of the hotel. Take bus over the border into Macau. (Although Hong Kong and Macau are part of China, the two cities operate under different territorial jurisdictions. Hence a valid travel document is required for immigration clearance at both ends of the border customs.)

Visit historical sites:

(Historic Centre of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage site.)

Afternoon:

Visit historical sites:

Evening:

Check into the hotel.

Accommodation:

Hotel (Macau)

Transportation:

Bus


Day 11 | Monday, November 18

Macau

Meal(s) Provided::

Lunch, Dinner

Morning:

Free time

Afternoon:

Attend a welcome reception with the local design association including Q&A.

Evening:

Return to hotel and rest.

Accommodation:

Hotel (Macau)

Transportation:

Bus


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Day 12 | Tuesday, November 19

Macau-Hong Kong

Meal(s) Provided:

Lunch, Dinner

Morning:

Check out of the hotel. Take a bus to Hong Kong via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (the world's longest sea-crossing bridge).

Afternoon:

Visit a design firm including mutual portfolio presentation and Q&A.

Evening:

Check in to the hotel.

Accommodation:

Hotel (Hong Kong)

Transportation:

Bus


Day 13 | Wednesday, November 20

Hong Kong

Meal(s) Provided:

Breakfast

Morning:

Free time.

Afternoon:

Free time.

Evening:

Return to hotel and rest.

Accommodation:

Hotel (Hong Kong)

Transportation:

Bus


Day 14 | Thursday, November 21

Hong Kong–Los Angeles

Meal(s) Provided:

Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation:

Hotel (Hong Kong)

Morning:

Check out of the hotel.

Visit attractions:

Afternoon:

Leave for the airport

Fly from Hong Kong to Los Angeles departing in the afternoon.

Accommodation:

Plane (HKG-LAX)

Transportation:

Bus, Plane

 

Registration

“Travel is better with friends. Refer a friend who registers for the trip and receive a $200 discount upon each successful referral.”

All for just:

$3850 Shared Room/person

+$650 Private Room/person

How to book?

Step 1: Deposit $1500 by 8/15/2019.

Step 2: Pay remaining balance of $2350 by 9/25/2019.

Step 3: Add Private room option for just $650 by 9/25/2019. (Optional)

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What do you get from this trip:

Includes:

  • Airfare: All listed economy class airline tickets, Airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

  • Accommodation: All listed hotels during this trip. In the event a hotel is under compulsory acquisition by the authority, we reserve the right to relocate the customer to an equivalent alternative and we will not be responsible for personal property loss.

  • Meal: Hotel breakfasts, listed lunches and dinners.

  • Ground Transportation: Air-conditioned tour bus with guaranteed seat per person, Shanghai to Guangzhou High Speed Train 2nd class ticket. Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities transportation, Sunny Bay station transportation.

  • Attraction admission: General admission only per attraction

  • Tour guide: Bilingual tour guide(s) during this trip.

  • Basic Travel Insurance

Excludes:


⚠ Important Dates:

August 15, 2019 Deposit Due

September 25, 2019 Full Payment Due

November 7, 2019 It is recommended that you arrive at least one day prior to your departure date. (For non-local)

November 8, 2019 Date of departure from Los Angeles to Shanghai

⚠IMPORTANT: If you join after August 15, 2019, full payment must be made at the time of registration. For those who join after September 25, 2019, we can't guarantee availability.


Cancellation and Refund policy:

  • Cancellation before September 15, 2019 will result in 100% refund (Including refund of down payment).

  • Cancellation between September 16 and 25, 2019 will result in 50% refund (excludes down payment).

  • Cancellation after September 25, 2019 will result in no refund.


Terms & Conditions

Price adjustment clarification:

  1. In case encounter change of policy from Airline Company or the authority; we reserve the right to charge extra from our clients.

  2. Free attraction will not be given due to flight delay, extreme weather condition. No refund will be provided.


Trip clarification:

  1. Above itinerary is for reference only. Departure flights information may subject to change. Detail itinerary and order of visit can be finalized only when departure cities are determined. Do please have confirmed itinerary as correct source of travel information.

  2.  Local tour guide may switch the order of the attractions accordingly as long as all listed attractions are visited. In the event of any unplanned closure of an attraction, the travel agency can either reassign enrollee to visit an equivalent alternative at no cost or refund the general admission to the enrollee.

  3.  Trip covers the general admission of each listed attraction.

  4.  Free time only associates with corresponded day(s).

  5. Please parse the itinerary and choose appropriate trip for your capacity. If an enrollee need to terminate the tour due to any personal reason such as health related issues or any act of personal refusal for using accommodation and transportation would be seen as voluntary abandonment. As a result the compensated sum after this termination moment will not be refunded. Travel insurance can no longer cover an individual once abandons the party during the trip.

  6. Group tour requires all enrollees to travel together at all time during the entire trip. During the trip please use this itinerary as the sole objective, enrollee can’t engage in any family/relative visit, business activity. Any enrollee is not exempted from leaving the group without permission (except free time). If the enrollee leaves the group during the trip will be seen as a breach of contract and will not receive any refund. Also he/she will not be covered by travel insurance.

  7. Please be aware due to limited capacity, pregnant woman and elderly over 80 years of age or a person with difficulty of long distance travel will be rejected from signing up for this trip. Enrollee must disclose his/her health condition to this travel agency. For example if a person has transmitted disease(s), the travel agency reserves the right to decline the request for signup. If payment is already made then it will consider, as a breach of contract hence can’t be refunded. If the enrollee found out pregnancy or having a health condition after payment was made. Please contact the travel agency immediately to ensure refund can be made in a timely manner. If a person exceeds 60 years of age, he/she must sign additional agreement and purchase appropriate travel insurance.

  8. Passport must contain entry stamp(s) from a third country when traveling between Mainland China to Macau/Hong Kong. Or else the enrollee will run the risk of admission refusal. Some countries require that your passport has two to four blank visa/stamp pages. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.

  9. If enrollee possess falsified travel document will be refused for admission or departure, or if a person overstays the visa at his/her own will can result in deportation by the government. Or if the enrollee breaches the contract severely, the travel agency will reserve the right for legal actions.

  10. Enrollee is informed to confirm airfare and the listed attractions before signing up for this trip. So that the enrollee can agree to pay for the trip. Once signup, in the event the enrollee is not able to travel and if the reason is no fault of the travel agency, the enrollee will be responsible for the cost of the trip.


Accommodation clarification:

  1. The number of stars attributed to the hotels corresponds to a classification established as a point of reference in accordance with local standards in the host country. Please be advised that accommodations and the “star” designations may vary from country to country.

  2. Room classifications and amenities may vary by hotel and/or country; the default room type is a double room for every two occupants. Customer is responsible for listed single supplement costs if he/she requests for a single room.



Transportation clarification:

  1. Once contract is signed, group airfare, ground transportation fare, ship fare will be sold. Hence they can’t be modified, transferred or refunded.

  2. Air travel time, ground transportation time, sea travel time is based on actual allocated time of the assigned date.

  3. To ensure departure date, travel agency will book the ticket even if the enrollee’s visa is in progress. If enrollee fails to acquire a visa, he/she will be responsible for airfare. (If ticket is not booked, charge only applies to booking fee. If ticket is booked, charge applies to the cancellation fee.)

  4. All airfares are parts of a bundle. Canceling one will result in cancellation for all other airfares. Any part of the airfares can’t be modified, transferred, refunded. Seat selection is not guaranteed. If fare change occurs due to policy change by the airline, enrollee must be responsible for fare differences.

*This is a tour without compulsory shopping, hence will not visit any shop during the course of this entire trip.