Fitzpatricks China Study Tour 2018

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BULLETIN 3

In only two months time, our 4 day study tour to China will commence and I would like to thank all of you for your co-operation in submitting your passport copies, payments and other details requested from our previous Bulletins. If you missed or haven’t had a chance to read the first two, please click here to catch up.

Confirmed Bookings

I’m pleased to confirm that hotel and flight bookings have already been secured on your behalf and details are as follows:

  1. Our stay in the CITIC Hotel Beijing Airport on Saturday night, 15th September 2018
  2. Our stay in the Brickyard Hotel at Mutianyu on Sunday night, 16th September 2018
  3. Our stay in The Westin Beijing Financial Street on Monday night, 17th September 2018
  4. Our domestic flight from Beijing to Shanghai (MU5114) on Tuesday, 18th September. The departure time is 14:00 and arrival time in Shanghai is 16:20. We’re booked for dinner that evening at M on the Bund.

Accommodation at the Langham Hotel in Shanghai on Tuesday, 18th September and the following nights at the conference are being organised by Colin Bold and Julia Wang at Fitzpatricks HQ.

Chinese Visa Application Process

Now, that majority of the bookings are in place, I think it’s the perfect time to start applying for your China Entry Visa. Please click here for a copy of the Application Form or you can download it from their website

Please note the following important points when filling out your visa application:

  • On page 2, part 2.1, please tick the box which says 'Tourism' as the major purpose of your visit. A “Business” visit will involve invitation letters and other requirements which are best avoided!
  • Please select “Single Entry” or “Multiple Entry” depending on your preferences (and budget!)
  • On page 3, part 2.6 (Itinerary), please indicate clearly that you will be arriving in Beijing and, if required, state your hotel as CITIC Hotel Beijing Airport. You will need to provide a copy of your flight itinerary (international flights, not domestic) with your application form
  • Application forms must be submitted in person at your local China Visa Application Centre. To find your nearest one, click here and look for the Australian flag.

Pre-reading

In addition to my latest ebook “Three Cups of Tea”, I encourage you to read my recent blog: China in 2018 – the view from ground level, in which I have summarised some of the views expressed by our local business partners on my most recent visit to Guangzhou in May. Hope you find this interesting and no doubt we’ll be discussing many of these themes in China in September.

I will be in touch again soon with Bulletin 4 but, in the meantime, if you have any queries, please send them to support@thinkglobal.com.au and we will reply as soon as possible.

Best Wishes,

David Thomas

Think Global Consulting

Fitzpatricks China Study Tour 2018

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BULLETIN 2

I hope you safely received Bulletin 1 (if not please scroll down) which is the first of a series of pre-departure bulletins I'll be sending you in the months ahead as we prepare for our 4 day study tour in China, starting in Beijing on the night of Saturday 15th September (not the 17th which was incorrectly shown in the previous bulletin) so that we're ready to drive to Mutianyu Village the next morning (Sunday 16th).

If we haven't heard from you already, please can you reply to this email confirming:

  • how and when you plan to arrive in China before the Study Tour commences, so we can keep track of everyone and organise transfers from the airport for those who require it.
  • whether we should include any other family members in our flight booking MU5114 (China Eastern) from Beijing to Shanghai on the afternoon of Tuesday 18th September, departing at 2.00pm? Unless you say otherwise, we will book one seat for each person registered on the Study Tour.
  • please can you send us a copy of the photo page on your passport so we can see exactly how your name is written and can include your details in all flight and hotel bookings?

I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.

I'll be in touch again soon with Bulletin 3.

Best wishes

David Thomas, Think Global Consulting

Fitzpatricks China Study Tour 2018

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Bulletin 1

Firstly, welcome to the Fitzpatricks Study Tour to China from 15th to 19th September 2018.

Thank you for committing early, sending in your booking form and paying a deposit which has enabled us to get started with the planning and logistics so that we will be well organised and ready by the time we get there.

Future Bulletins

This is the first of a series of pre-departure bulletins which I will be sending you in the coming months to prepare you for the China Study Tour in September. In future bulletins we will cover:

  • Details of the Study Tour program as it comes together
  • Who you're going to meet
  • Hotel and domestic flight bookings
  • What to wear and what to bring
  • Applying for your China Entry Visa
  • Final costings and the timing of your final payment
  • Some pre-reading to prepare you for the experience

If you are making plans to arrive in Beijing before the Study Tour commences, please note that we will be staying at the CITIC Hotel Beijing Airport on the night of Saturday 15th September to enable us to drive to Mutianyu Village the next morning (Sunday 16th) for the start of our Study Tour program. If you are planning to arrive in Beijing that day, you may consider flying on QF107 from Sydney which arrives in Beijing at 10.15pm. The hotel is just a few minutes drive from the airport and we will organise a transfer for everyone who needs it.

As a first action for you, please can you reply to this email confirming:

  • how and when you plan to arrive in China before the Study Tour commences, so we can keep track of everyone and organise transfers from the airport for those who require it.
  • whether we should include any other family members in our flight booking MU5114 (China Eastern) from Beijing to Shanghai on the afternoon of Tuesday 18th September, departing at 2.00pm? Unless you say otherwise, we will book one seat for each person registered on the Study Tour.
  • please can you send us a copy of the photo page on your passport so we can see exactly how your name is written and can include your details in all flight and hotel bookings?

Finally, I know that for some of you this will be your first visit to mainland China so I thought some early pre-reading for you might be my new ebook "Three Cups of Tea" which provides some advice and guidance for foreigners seeking to build new relationships in China.

Please download it via this link and send me your comments and feedback.

I will be in touch again soon but, in the meantime, if you have any queries, please send them to support@thinkglobal.com.au and we will reply as soon as possible.

Best Wishes, 

David Thomas
Think Global Consulting