Urban Planning Tour of China

In May and June of 2007, two groups of nineteen urban planners completed a comprehensive urban planning tour of China. Lasting seventeen (17) days, the tour began in Hong Kong and included stops in the cities of Macau, Guilin / Yangshuo, Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing, and Xi’an, before ending in Beijing. Attendees met with local urban planning consultants, architects, and government officials to discuss urbanism trends, urban planning issues, exchanging ideas on approaches to urban planning problems. Tourism highlights included biking through the countryside of Yangshuo, eating through the night markets of Suzhou, visiting the Muslim quarter of Xi’an with a trip to the Terracotta Warriors, walking on the Shanghai Bund, and climbing the Great Wall outside Beijing.

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