The LBQA invites you to join it’s Special - 2014 Delegation to China, visiting Shanghai and Long Beach’s Sister City Qingdao. “Qingdao has a unique history, including the strong influence of its German occupation at the dawn of the 20th century,” said Mary E. Barton, President of the LBQA. “The city has preserved much of the beautiful German architecture and excellent infrastructure and is home to a huge port and scenic waterfront - not to mention the Tsing-Tao Brewery, of course! The Germans knew Qingdao had great potential, so they invested heavily. With today’s population of more than eight million, Qingdao is a big-sister to the City of Long Beach.”
The trip will coincide with the opening of the 2014 Qingdao International Horticultural Expo in April. The Delegation will visit and be a part of the Grand Opening Ceremonies at the more than 10,000 acres of the expo’s exhibits and activities. The LBQA and City of Long Beach will dedicate its Long Beach Garden exhibit which it has worked on for nearly two years. The garden demonstrates how residents here in Long Beach use their gardens as personal living spaces, due to our excellent climate, and how the concept of a garden has changed in the nearly 200 years that gardens have been part of the Long Beach landscape. The actual design and construction details were developed by a committee, including StudiONEleven in Long Beach, Jorge Ochoa of Long Beach City College’s Horticulture program, and Larry Rich, the City’s Sustainability Officer. The ongoing construction has been accomplished by a local team in Qingdao. The trip will include highlights such as the TsingTao Brewery, the city’s beautiful beaches, the Olympic Sailing Center, the Old German Governor’s Residence and garden, plus meeting locals who live there.
The group will also tour old and new Shanghai, the commercial hub of China and arguably the most dynamic city in the world. Highlights of old Shanghai include strolling the Bund riverfront, meandering in the magical French Concession and the nearby Suzhou garden city and will visit the heart of new Shanghai in the Pudong area where they will ride the only mag-lev passenger train in the world, capable of speeds more than 250 mph.
Travelers can add an optional four days in Beijing, to include a visit to the Great Wall, Summer Palace, Tienanmen Square and Forbidden City, a tour of a hutong neighborhood (traditional residents’ homes), a briefing at the U.S. Embassy, and more. Click here for a LBQA travel flyer with more information.