• Chamber Trip to China Made the World a Smaller Place

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    I just returned from a 10 day trip to China courtesy of CITSLINC Inc. a tour company that provides chambers of commerce from the United States and Canada the opportunity to tour China. I was accompanied by Tim Murray, president of the Worcester Massachusetts Regional Chamber and Jeremy Stratton, CEO of the Clayton County Georgia Chamber of Commerce and our spouses.

    Over the ten days we visited major historic, tourism, and manufacturing sites in Beijina, Suzhou, Hanghzou, and Shanghai. What an adventure it was to visit the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the MIng Emporer's Tomb, the Linger Garden, and the Bund in Shanghai. 

    We toured several industries including silk manufacturing and jade carving to see the traditional and modern applications of these sectors. We saw the contrast between the modern highrise buildings of Beijing and the Old Town part of the same city which we toured by rickshaw and had lunch with with a local family.

    Everywhere we went there was evidence of massive investment in the infrastructure necessary to build economic success. There were modern highways, high speed trains, spacious airports, high capacity power lines carrying electricity, and an educated workforce. 

    Visiting China made the world a smaller place and gave me a better perspective on the global challenges facing the United States. The Chamber will offer this tour for our members in 2019.

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