DESTINATION CHINA

Incentive Travel, Corporate Meetings, Association Meetings, Event Management, Conferences, Product Launches, Special Interest Tours
Destination China is China’s first privately held Destination Management Company and the only one with combined Chinese and Western management and expertise. Our mission is to create and operate imaginative incentive programs, meetings and events within China, for the world’s most demanding corporate end users. We look forward to helping you and your clients discover why China has fascinated world travellers for over 5,000 years. With its vibrant economy and a swiftly developing tourism infrastructure, China is fast becoming one of the travel industry’s most requested destinations, offering a virtually endless mix of exciting historical, cultural and entertainment attractions… all in five-star comfort. We at Destination China have combined our substantial international know-how and experience with a well-established tourism presence in China to offer top quality service and one-stop shopping for all land requirements. At all times we strive to provide unmatched creativity in conception and planning, reliability in execution and flawless performance in every detail.

DESTINATION CHINA

Destination China
A Beijing Experience...

May 2007


In March, Hainan Airlines, Kempinski Hotels and Destination China teamed up to provide an attractive program for Belgian Incentive Houses to visit Beijing. This exciting city is the capital of China and was formerly known as Peking. Beijing is the political, cultural and economic center of the country.

The Program

Day 0
Departure from Brussels to Beijing (direct flight with Hainan Airlines)

Day 1
Arrival
in Beijing Capital Airport in the morning, meet & greet in the Baggage Claim area with a welcome smile and a helping hand after the flight.

While the luggage is delivered directly to the hotel, transfer to Tuan Jie Hu Park for a morning Tai Chi session with a Tai Chi master
Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan) is a major division of Chinese martial art, meaning \"supreme ultimate fist.\" Tai means \"Supreme,\" Ji means \"Ultimate,\" and Quan means \"Fist.\" Tai Ji Quan has its philosophical roots in Taoism and is considered as an internal martial art, using the internal energy, or Qi, and following the simple principle of \"subduing the vigorous by the soft.\" Taoism is China\'s oldest philosophy and is represented by the famous symbol of the Yin and Yang.

Dim Sum Breakfast in one of the best \"local restaurants\" in Beijing.

Chinese Foot Reflexology Massage
The sole of the foot is seen to contain all the acupuncture points (reflex points) which are connected to every part of your body through 300 nerves, thus affecting the condition of the whole. The practice of foot reflexology is not only very relaxing but stimulates vital functions, eliminates toxins, improves blood circulation and soothes people of nervous dispositions. In short it improves the Yin and Yang, resulting in top-to-toe health and harmony for the recipient.

Check in & Lunch at the Kempinski Hotel

Shopping shuttle to San Li Tun Ya Show Markets to discover China\'s modern treasures that are exported all over the world.

Early Evening Stroll through Ritan Park - The Temple of the Sun

Cocktail Reception and Dinner at Xiao Wang Fu Home restaurant in Ritan Park
The place where locals and resident expatriates go for a night out, serving the best Beijing Roast Duck in town since 1995. Apart from the duck, which is an absolute must, there is a mixture of great dish selections from all over China. (Sichuan, Shandong, Cantonese, Shanghainese and Xinjiang).

Day 2

American buffet breakfast in the hotel

Morning \"Cycle the Streets of Beijing\"
In Beijing there are 1.6 Bicycles per family, double that of rural areas and the highest ratio in China\'s major cities… so Beijing really is a \'City of Bicycles\'. So let\'s see the city on the back of a bike, much like the locals do every day. Starting at the Legation Quarters, the Embassy district in imperial times, the riders will head towards Tiananmen Square stopping along the way to view some of the Old Embassy buildings, St Michael\'s Church, the Supreme Court of China and then onto Tiananmen Square.

Visit of the Forbidden City
The Forbidden City is called so because it was off limits to commoners throughout the history of Imperial China. Commoners caught in the palace during this period were executed. Only once a year was a \'commoner\' allowed to pass through the central gate of the entrance to the city (reserved for the passage of the Emperor). This honor was reserved for the year\'s top Confucian scholar who would ride the Emperor\'s horse through the Meridian Gate.

Lunch in the Hutongs
After the grandeur of The Imperial Palace, participants will be transferred to a very typical \'Beijing\' area - the Hutong\'s, in which Beijingers have lived for hundreds of years. They will be transported by Rickshaw through the Hutongs; narrow alleys formed by closely built dwellings in a quadrangle formation, facing onto an inner courtyard. These were built during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, the sizes and designs varying depending on the social status of the residents. The Hutongs still account for about 15% of all housing in Beijing.
Lunch with local families in the Hutongs has often won higher praise from participants than even the most elaborate Gala dinner.

Arts and Crafts in the Hutongs.
Visit in groups of three Hutong homes. In each home there is a host and a teacher. These teachers introduce the guests to the basic skills of a traditional Chinese Art or Craft such as Calligraphy, Chinese Knot Tying and Abacus.

Drum Performance and Tea ceremony at the Bell Tower
Here a drum band performs for the group while the guests get a panoramic view of what was the Center of Imperial China and is now the center of one of the most dynamic societies in the world.

Tea ceremony at the Bell Tower

Transfer back to the Kempinski Hotel for freshening up before our \"dine-around\"

Cocktails at Green T. House
The creation of Jin R, local top notch style master, Green T. has a menu that lists its internationally renowned contributing chefs alongside its fusion dishes and range of teas. The overall mood is surprisingly warm and convenient with light flowing silk curtains softening the stark contrasts of the table designs and settings. Candlelight and strobe light…an unusual combination but a good fit.

Dinner at Alameda Brazilian Restaurant
Voted Restaurant of the Year 2005 by readers of \"That\'s Beijing\" - Stylish, with maximal comfort and warm look and feel, this restaurant raises the bar for its competitors. An intricate part of Beijing\'s \"gastronomic smorgasbord!\"

Day 3

American buffet breakfast in the hotel

Temple of Heaven and Hong Qiao Market
The Temple of Heaven dates back to the same period as the Forbidden City--1406 and is ranked among the most famous buildings in China.
Hung Qiao Markets: located near the north gate of the Temple of Heaven, this market has a wide selection of inexpensive products and a friendly and festive atmosphere.

Champagne brunch in Kempinski Hotel

To see Beijing as it was, as it is and as it will be. The Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall is designed to introduce the long history of the immortal city of Beijing, display the great achievements of the modern urban planning and development, and exhibit the splendid future of Beijing\'s urban development.

On the way to the Great Wall, passing the Olympic Green where a vision of 2008 can be seen: The National Stadium, known as the Bird\'s Nest, will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 29th Olympic Games and The National Swimming Center, known as \'The Water Cube\'.

Great Wall
One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Wall is a breathtaking sight and an awesome experience. Started in the fifth century BC and gradually extended over the centuries, particularly during the Ming Dynasty, it served as a defensive boundary against marauding Huns and other nomadic tribes.

Cocktail at the Red House and Dinner hosted by the Commune by the Great Wall at the Club House
Commune by the Great Wall (by Kempinski) is made up of a clubhouse and 11 private villas. This doesn\'t sound so different, but when you see it you\'ll understand why this development, looking down the valley to a section of the Great Wall has won numerous international design awards.

Departure for return flight to Europe
Arrival back home in the early hours of Day 04

The Feedback

Let\'s read what some of the participants wrote back about their \"Beijing Experience\":

\"My last visit to Beijing dated back to some 13 years ago and ... what a big surprise ... it was hard to believe I had ever been in this city before. What a change! Of course all those extremely beautiful monuments are still there but the city itself has known a very fast evolution ... less bikes ... more cars ... new restaurants ... and above all : a lot more incentive activities to do. I am convinced that with the knowledge we acquired, thanks to Destination China, we are now already proposing China as a most wonderful incentive destination to our clients.
- Dominique Vermeirsch, Master Events

\"Beijing the capital city of China on the edge of becoming one of the most westernized and capitalist cities in Asia, on the edge of becoming the new Olympic city for 2008, becoming an urban masterpiece in terms of modern architecture with all the advantages but also with all the downsides (pollution, traffic congestion, loss of identity …)
- Good to know that we can still do a great program focusing on the every day Chinese life to escape from the daily rush of Beijing by using the Tai-chi or Chinese foot massage to unwind and to use the parks , the Hutong area and the Forbidden City as a hide-out .\"

- Guy Verbist, BCD Meetings & Incentives

\"During these few days in Beijing, I have realized there is a lot for me to learn from the Chinese people…The Yin & Yang in the Chinese Cuisine. Early in the morning, the awakening of the city, when people go to the parks for meditation, or just in order to express their feelings by singing, playing sports and cards etc. Feng shui principles they follow in their daily life and in interior design of their houses. Reflexology, in order to bring the body in balance. I could continue this list, but these are my first impressions\"
- Griet Esselens, Next Travel

\"Destination China certainly made the right choice giving us as much \"China experiences\" as possible, rather than just showing us a maximum number of event venues or - worst even - yet another of those horrible multifunctional meeting rooms. Though I have to say I still walk in a funny way after that reflexology massage. But I certainly got a good peek of what Beijing can be like for an incentive.\"
- Tom Van Beek, De Buck Incentives


Interested, or for more information, contact us at china@euromic.com

Hainan Airlines

Beijing

Dim Sum

Kempinski Hotel Beijing

Peking Duck

Hall of Complete Harmony

Hutong family lunch

Rickshaw ride in Hutong

Temple of Heaven

Great Wall

Commune by the Great Wall