Medicine in China

5 - 19 Oct 2019
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

This tour takes you on a journey through China’s history, culture and medicine. From imperial Beijing journey onto the Silk Road city of Xi’an. Travel by high-speed train into Sichuan and the city of Chengdu, known for its arts, cuisine, teahouses and pandas. Take a train to Chongqing and embark on a three-night cruise along the great Yangtze River, past some of China’s most stunning scenery. The tour ends in the dynamic city of Shanghai.

The tour will also examine health care in China and the challenges posed due to its rapid economic development and the legacy of the One Child Policy. The visits include a city teaching hospital, a private clinic and, by way of contrast, a community paediatric clinic. Learn how the NGO sector works on a visit to the La-La-Shou Children’s Centre and see how Chinese Medicine is used on a visit to a traditional hospital. The tour will also examine how Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine are integrated in practice in China.

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Your tour leader

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Dr Vicki Kotsirilos

Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos AM is a general practitioner with many years of clinical experience with an emphasis on lifestyle, preventative and integrative medicine. Vicki was awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for 'significant service to integrative medicine, to health practitioner standards and regulations, to medical education, and to the environment.' Vicki holds three adjunct Associate Professorial positions at La Trobe University, the University of Western Sydney, NICM and with Monash University. In 1992 Vicki founded the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA), and served as the founding president until 1998, then serving on the board until 2012. Vicki continues to play an active role within the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and has published numerous articles in a wide range of medical journals and public magazines. Vicki is co-author of the textbook A Guide to Evidence-based Integrative and Complementary Medicine(Publishers Elsevier). Vicki also lectures regularly and has spoken at numerous medical and public conferences on the doctor-patient relationship, holistic medicine and evidence based Integrative Medicine, lifestyle and non-drug approaches to treating diseases and prevention. Vicki has served on various government committees, including the Australian Drug Reaction Advisory Committee, the Complementary Medicines Evaluation Committee, Department of Health and Ageing and Therapeutics Goods Administration. 

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 5 Oct (Sat) Beijing: Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Walk to see the Temple of Heaven
  • 6 Oct (Sun) Beijing: Visit the Summer Palace and the Great Wall. Talk: “A Background to Chinese Medicine” VK.Peking Roast Duck dinner
  • 7 Oct (Mon) Beijing: Visit the historic Tong Ren Pharmacy. Continue to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Explore the hutongs of Old Beijing. Option to see the Beijing Acrobats
  • 8 Oct (Tues) Beijing: Visit a community clinic and see Western and Chinese medicine in practice. Visit Hai Dian Teaching General Hospital (departmental visits)
  • 9 Oct (Wed) Beijing / Xi’an: Fly from Beijing to Xi’an and transfer to the hotel. Visit the old city walls and the Calligraphy Museum. Optional Tang Dynasty Theatre
  • 10 Oct (Thurs) Xi’an: Visit the Terracotta Warriors. Visit the Xi’an City Hospital of Chinese Medicine: visit departments of Herbal Medicine, Massage and Acupuncture. Visit the evening market
  • 11 Oct (Fri) Xi’an / Chengdu: Optional early morning visit to the local park to watch or take part in tai chi. Take the high-speed train to Chengdu and transfer to the hotel
  • 12 Oct (Sat) Chengdu: Visit the Academy of Chinese Medicine. Visit Wenshu Monastery. Explore the old city of Chengdu.Optional visit to the food and spice market or the Bamboo, Arts & Crafts Institute. Sichuan hot pot dinne
  • 13 Oct (Sun) Chengdu: Visit the Chengdu Panda Research Base. Visit largest herbal medicine market in Chengdu.Take tea in a traditional teahouse
  • 14 Oct (Mon) Chengdu / Three Gorges Cruise: Train to Chongqing. Visit the Three Gorges Museum, with a collection on the history, art and archaeology of Yangtze River and recent development, including the dam. City tour of Chongqing. Board Victoria Cruise Lines cruise
  • 15 Oct (Tues) Three Gorges Cruise: Option to visit Fengdu “Ghost City”, known for its statues of ghosts and devils on Mingshan Hill. Talk: “How Integrative Medicine works in the West” VK
  • 16 Oct (Wed) Three Gorges Cruise: Enter the Three Gorges. Pass through the first two, Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Qutang Gorge is the shortest (five miles), narrowest (500 feet) and most dramatic. Excursion through the attractive gorges of the Goddess Stream. Evening discussion group: “Lessons Learned”
  • 17 Oct (Thurs) Three Gorges Cruise / Shanghai: Disembark this morning and take a specially-designed sightseeing boat through the recently-completed unique ship lock with a ship lift, the world’s largest. Visit the Three Gorges Dam. Fly to Shanghai
  • 18 Oct (Fri) Shanghai: Visit the Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Visit the French Concession and the Bund. Farewell dinner
  • 19 Oct (Sat) Shanghai: Depart Shanghai or extend

Tour cost

Ground only cost is USD $3,990 pp sharing (excluding international flights and transfers)

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