We recommend applying for a 1-year or 10-year tourist visa (Type L). Please click HERE for guidance on how to apply for a visa and HERE for the visa application form. After you register, we will provide you with a partially completed visa application form that includes our itinerary and an invitation letter. To get a visa, you must have a US passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond your dates of travel. If you need a new passport, we can give you guidance on acquiring one quickly (within a week).
If you are convenient to Washington DC, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or Houston, you may apply for a visa directly from the Chinese consulate. Please note that applying for a visa may involve long waits at the consulate. For that reason, we recommend using a visa service (many are available, including 1, 2, 3, 4). It's possible to get a visa is as little as a week, but we recommend you apply for one as soon as possible to avoid paying rush fees.
Please bring appropriate clothing for the season and please bring comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes for your rotation, for the farm, and for the production facility.
Electronics in China are 220V and the plugs are different than the plugs used in the US. Please prepare multiple adapters (or a single adapter and a surge protector) for your needs.
We recommend that you withdraw money using an ATM machine before leaving the airport in Shanghai. You may also exchange currency next to the luggage claim in Pudong Airport. Please note that cash is widely but not universally accepted; WeChat is now the most commonly used form of payment in China, but set up requires a Chinese bank account and ID. Credit cards are accepted in most larger establishments. We recommend you notify your credit card company that you will be traveling in China.
All google products and most social media platforms are blocked within China. This is true if you connect to wifi or to local cell phone networks. To connect to many of the online tools you may be accustomed to in the US, we recommend contact your US cell phone provider to request overseas data service.
Shanghai has two international airports. Most flights from the US and our shuttles will be going to Pudong International Airport (PVG). If you prefer to fly into Hongqiao International Airport (SHA), you're welcome to do so. If you do, please arrange for your own ground transportation to the hotel in Shanghai.
Please arrive in the morning or early afternoon of September 22nd, 2019. You're welcome to arrive on an earlier date; however, we would recommend against arriving late at night. With everyone traveling separately, we understand that it will come down to what is most convenient for you.
You are welcome to arrive early or leave late. If you choose to arrive early, please plan to meet us at the first hotel on September 22.
We are going to confirm the details for the shuttle once everyone’s ticket has been purchased and all arrival times have been collected. We will reach out as soon as we have finalized the schedule.
The hotels are all 4- and 5- star hotels. You can find their names and addresses from the detailed itinerary, linked from the main China Trip page.
No problem! We aim to make this trip valuable for participants who speak English and do not understand Chinese.
Yes, the trip has been approved for 26 PDA points from the NCCAOM. You will receive a PDA Certificate for 17.5 PDA points as well as an additional letter for 8.5 points for Clinic Experience from a Professional Enhancement Activity (PE-AT).
There will be 20-30 people in the group, inclusive of two bilingual tour leaders from Treasure of the East.
Please check the box "I would like to be paired with a roommate" on the registration form, and we will introduce you to another trip participant. We expect most rooms to be double occupancy (two beds and two people per room). If you'd like a singe room, you may specify that in your registration form, though please note that there is an additional cost for single occupancy rooms.
Yes! We may not be able to get the level of financial support as we have this year, but we visit China every year and would be happy to have you join us. Please complete this form to be the first to be notified of future China trips with Treasure of the East.
Tianjiang Pharmaceutical Co, Ltd. is the world's largest and most trusted producer of granule herb extracts. Tianjiang supplies herbs to the majority of China's largest hospitals. Multiple times a year, Tianjiang coordinates educational programming for its customers in China. As Tianjiang's US distributor, we're please to offer this opportunity to our customers and guests.