A trip to China… Could there be a catch?

by Bryan

I just received an invitation for a guided trip to China through the University of Chicago Alumni Association. Sounds fun!

University of Chicago Alumni Study Trips invites you to join fellow travelers on a 12-day tour of China’s most dynamic cities, beautiful countryside, Tibet, and the Yangzi River. In Beijing, visit the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and Summer Palace. Tour the old Beijing district by pedicab for a firsthand view of traditional life. Marvel at the Great Wall, the most enduring symbol of China. Next, fly to Xian to view the legendary terracotta warriors at the tomb of China’s first emperor, Quinshihuang.

In Chongqing, board the Victoria cruise ship for a memorable cruise down the Yangzi River to see the breathtaking Three Gorges and the engineering feat of the Three Gorges Dam construction site. Finally, fly to Shanghai for an exploration of this European-influenced city that features beautiful colonial buildings on the historic Bund. Visit the world-class Shanghai Museum and classical Yuyuan Gardens.

Professor Guy Alitto from the Departments of History and East Asian Languages & Civilizations will accompany this program.

I actually took History of Modern China with Professor Alitto, so this could be great. I wonder… could there be a catch?

TRIP PRICE: from $4,590 per person, double occupancy

Well that’s not bad. I love bunking with others! And airfare alone is probably $1500.

DOES NOT INCLUDE: : international airfare, domestic airfare to and from San Francisco or New York, visa processing, excess baggage charges, travel insurance, two dinners, and items of a personal nature.

Bummer! Well, at least I can save up for it, right?

TRIP DATES: April 7-18, 2008

So the details are… they’re asking me to go on a $6000 trip before any other expenses and it leaves in two weeks. And here’s the kicker: you have to hang out with other U of C alumni for 12 days. Quite. Tempting.