Optometry services have grown rapidly in China in the last couple of decades with the help of education programmes, government support and international academic partnerships. The last optometry tour we took to China with tour leader David Shannon was ten years ago and this is a fascinating opportunity to observe the rapid development of China and its healthcare and eyecare services in that time. China remains a unique fusion of the ancient and the cutting edge, reflected in its use of both traditional Chinese Medicine and the latest Western technology. Learn about the development and practice of optometry in China through specialist visits, talks and professional meetings, as well as experiencing the stunning landscapes, culture and society of this extraordinary land.
There are several optional extensions after the tour:
Southwest China and Tibet - Travel through remote southwest China to Yunnan, an area of incredible geographical and ethnic diversity, with distinctive dress, belief systems and languages, and cross the mountains into Tibet, a land that is uplifting in every sense. This six-night extension finishes in Chengdu in Sichuan Province.
Yangtze River Cruise - From Shanghai embark on a three or four-night cruise along the great Yangtze River, which has wound through some of China’s most stunning scenery as a transport route for thousands of years.
Shanghai and water town extensions - Extend your stay in Shanghai and further explore the city’s museums, galleries and historic sites. Outside Shanghai there are day trip to Suzhou, known for its silk workshops, canals and classical gardens, and the attractive water town of Tongli.
David Shannon graduated in 1986 from Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, Tennessee, as a Doctor of Optometry. Between 2010 and 2013 he was Chairman of the AOP (Association of Optometrists). Previously he was AOP Board member responsible for OT (Optometry Today). He has consulted for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care and has trained practitioners across the UK. Until 2014 he worked in the family practice, Shannon and Carton Ltd, in London. David has supervised undergraduate optometry students at City University’s contact lens clinic. David has led many successful optometry study tours, including to China, Cuba, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Nepal and Peru, for Jon Baines Tours.
Ground only cost USD $3,408 pp sharing (excluding international flights and transfers)