Medicine in China in association with the RSM

20 May - 3 Jun 2018 (Last few spaces available)
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

This new tour, run in association with the Royal Society of Medicine, has been opened in response to high demand for the previous Medicine in China tour (6 - 20 May).

Travel from imperial Beijing to the ancient capital Xi'an and into Sichuan, with its rich cultural and distinctive ethnic heritage. Cruise along the mighty Yangtze, the main artery of trade and transport in China for thousands of years, and end your tour in cutting edge Shanghai, with its spectacular neon skylines and gracious Art Deco heart. Along the way explore both the historical and contemporary in Chinese society and healthcare. 

Professional visits range from a modern teaching hospital and an urban clinic in Beijing, to a Traditional Chinese Medicine hospital in Xi'an, to a traditional healer in a herb garden and a private clinic serving China's growing nouveau riche in Chengdu. A highlight of the tour will be a journey on the brand new high speed train to Chengdu, which climbs thorugh spectacular scenery of forests and mountains towards the Tibetan plateau.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, David Wilkinson

David Wilkinson

David was born in Pontypridd, qualified in medicine in 1971 from St Bartholomew’s Hospital and then specialised in anaesthesia, passing his FFARCS (now FRCA) in 1975. He was appointed to the staff at Barts in 1978 but took a sabbatical year in Perth, Western Australia in 1979 returning to London to take up his consultant post. He had already started to collect equipment to create an anaesthesia museum at Barts while a registrar; this interest has remained throughout his career. He was a founder member of the History of Anaesthesia Society and was their first Editor from 1986-1993 and was their President in 2006-8. He was the Society of Apothecaries Lecturer in the History of Medicine to St Bartholomew’s Hospital 1994-2008; Chairman of the Barts Archives Committee 1988-2006; Curator of the Charles King Collection 1982-1995 and then Honorary Archivist for the Association of Anaesthetists 1994-2001. He became Wood Library Museum Laureate in the History of Anaesthesia in 2008.

He has been involved in anaesthesia organisations both nationally, in Europe and the world. Secretary, Treasurer and Vice-President of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI), Secretary and President of the Confederation of European National Societies of Anaesthesia (CENSA) and then Secretary and President of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiology (WFSA). He retired from clinical anaesthesia in 2008 and took on the two four-year positions with WFSA from that time.

An inveterate traveller, David has spent a lot of time on every continent except Antarctica and has travelled to lecture, teach and holiday in equal measure!

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 20 May (Sun) Beijing: Arrive Beijing and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon walk to see the Temple of Heaven
  • 21 May (Mon) Beijing: Visit the Summer Palace.Visit the Great Wall. Peking Roast Duck dinner
  • 22 May (Tues) Beijing: Visit the historic Tong Ren Pharmacy. Continue to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Explore the hutongs of Old Beijing in the afternoon. Optional evening performance of the Beijing Acrobats
  • 23 May (Wed) Beijing: Visit a neighbourhood paediatric and family planning clinic. Visit Hai Dian Teaching General Hospital (departmental visits)
  • 24 May (Thurs) Beijing / Xi'an: Fly from Beijing to Xi'an and transfer to the hotel. Visit the Xi'an City Hospital of Chinese Medicine: visit departments of Herbal Medicine, Massage and Acupuncture. Optional evening performance of Tang Dynasty Theatre  
  • 25 May (Fri) Xi'an: Visit the Terracotta Warriors and the La-La-Shou Children’s Centre (our nominated project).Visit the vibrant evening market
  • 26 May (Sat) Xi'an / Chengdu: Optional early morning visit to the local park to watch or take part in tai chi. Visit the old city walls and the Calligraphy Museum.Take the high speed train to Chengdu and transfer to the hotel
  • 27 May (Sun) Chengdu: Visit the Chengdu Panda Base. Meet with a barefoot doctor, visit a medicinal herb garden and take tea in a traditional house
  • 28 May (Mon) Chengdu / Three Gorges Cruise: Visit a private medical clinic. Explore the old city of Chengdu including Wenshu Monastery. Optional visit in the afternoon to the food and spice market or the  Bamboo, Arts and Crafts Institute. Sichuan hot pot dinner
  • 29 May (Tues) Chengdu / Three Gorges Cruise: Train to Chongqing. Visit the Three Gorges Museum's collection on the history, art and archaeology of Yangtze River and recent developments, including the dam. City tour of Chongqing in the afternoon and board Victoria Cruise Lines riverboat in the evening
  • 30 May (Wed) Three Gorges Cruise: Visit Fengdu “Ghost City”, known for its statues of ghosts and devils on Mingshan Hill
  • 31 May (Thurs) 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
  • 1 June (Fri) Three Gorges Cruise / Shanghai:  Disembark 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 in the afternoon
  • 2 June (Sat) Shanghai: Visit People’s Square and the Shanghai Museum. Visit the Yu Garden, French Concession and the Bund. Farewell dinner in the evening 
  • 3 June (Sun) Shanghai: Depart Shanghai

Tour cost

US $4,046 per person sharing (excludes international flights and transfers)

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