Agrarian Trip to China

A friend of mine, Professor Mengmeng Gu at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, needs your input on the duration and timing of a potential winter trip to China focusing on agriculture in general, and horticulture in particular. The trip will be funded partially with a grant from the USDA covering all necessary in-country expenses for current farmers and ranchers, including food, lodging, transportation, etc. While all are welcome to attend the trip, non-farming agricultural professionals are responsible for ~$1,200 of in-country expenses, and non-agricultural folks ~$2,200 of in-country expenses. All participants are responsible for airfare between US and Beijing, visa fees, immunization, etc., which could be as high as $1,800-$2,200.

If you are interested, here are two questions:

1. Duration: 10 day? 14 days? 20 days?

2. Timing: Either immediately before or after the Christmas holiday (i.e., December 24, 2013 to January 1, 2014)?

1. duration: 10-days? 14-days? 20days?
2. timing: right before Christmas holidays (12/24/2013-01/01/2014)? right after Christmas?

Please tell all your friends about the potential trip and, of course, you are being specifically invited now! If you’re curious about what might be on the trip, check out the incredible photos at the Aggie Horticulture blog

Please send any feedback to directly:
Mengmeng Gu
Address:PO BOX 11288
College Station, TX 77842
Phone: 713-396-0598
Fax: 713-357-5227