Optometry in China

28 Apr - 10 May 2019
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

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.

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Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, ​David Shannon

​David Shannon

David Shannon graduated in 1986 from Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, Tennessee, as a Doctor of Optometry. In 2015 he took on the role of UK Development Manager for Optometry Giving Sight and in 2016 took on responsibility for their European operations. Between 2010 and 2013 he was Chairman of the AOP (Association of Optometrists). Previously he was AOP Board member responsible for OT (Optometry Today) and established the OT Editorial Advisory Board. He has consulted for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care and has trained practitioners and managers 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 led optometry study tours to China, Cuba, South India, North India, South Africa Sri Lanka and Vietnam in association with Jon Baines Tours.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 28 April (Sun) Beijing: Arrive Beijing. Visit the Temple of Heaven. Welcome dinner
  • 29 April (Mon) Beijing: Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. At leisure to explore the hutongs of old Beijing. Peking Roast Duck dinner
  • 30 April (Tues) Beijing: Travel by train to Tianjin Medical University to examine optometry education in China, curriculum and registration, international links, TCM and Western medicine in practice. City tour of the former treaty port of Tianjin, including the European heart, the antique market and Ancient Culture Street
  • 1 May (Wed) Beijing: Visit Beijing Zoo to see the pandas. Visit the Summer Palaceand the Great Wall. Option to see the Beijing Acrobats
  • 2 May (Thurs) Beijing / Xi’an: High speed train to Xi’an. Visit the old city walls and the Calligraphy Museum or at leisure. Visit a teahouse and the night market  
  • 3 May (Fri) Xi’an: Visit the Terracotta Warriors. Visit Xi’an Hospital of Chinese Medicine and tour departments of massage, acupuncture and the herbal pharmacy and examine traditional approaches to eye care. Optional visit to traditional Tang Dynasty Theatre
  • 4 May (Sat) Xi’an / Guilin: Optional early morning tai chi in the park. Return for breakfast Visit the Tangdu Eye Hospital or at leisure. Fly to Guilin
  • 5 May (Sun) Guilin: At leisure. Visit the art studio for Chinese watercolor painting. Options to learn calligraphy and traditional brush stroke painting or walk up to the hill of Seven Star Park to view the city and lovely surrounding landscapes
    6 May (Mon) Guilin / Yangshuo: Enjoy scenic cruise along the stunning Li River to the village of Yangshuo. At leisure or optional cookery class
  • 7 May (Tues) Yangshuo: Cycle or buggy ride through the countryside past farms, villages and visit Dr Shu the traditional ‘barefoot doctor’. At leisure. Optional visit to the son et lumière show
  • 8 May (Wed) Yangshuo / Shanghai: Fly from Guilin to Shanghai.Transfer to the hotel and at leisure
  • 9 May (Thurs) Shanghai: Visit old Shanghai and the French Concession. Explore markets, café, boutiques and bars of Tian Zi Fang and the see the Bund and Pudong. Farewell dinner 
  • 10 (May Fri) Shanghai: Depart Shanghai for flight home or take optional extensions to Tibet, the water towns or along the Yangtze, or spend more time in Shanghai.

Tour cost

Ground only cost USD $3,408 pp sharing (excluding international flights and transfers)

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