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Rising Global Powers China and East Asia

A b o a r D t h e a ll - S u i t e S i lv e r W h i s p e r • M a r c h 3 – 2 0 , 2 0 0 8 WORLD LEADERS SYMPOSIUM


F e a t u r i n g G e o r g e H . W . a n d B arbara Bush, former S ecretar y of D efense W i l l i a m P e r r y, a n d n o t a b l e historians, Asia scholars, and business leaders


U.S. / Beij ing , China Monday–Tuesday, March 3–4



ou’re invited to join High Country

Depart the U.S. for China, arriving in Beijing on Tuesday. Participants will be met at the Beijing airport and transferred to the five-star China World Hotel. This evening, gather with participants for a welcome reception at the hotel. CHINA WORLD HOTEL (R)

Passage, prominent world leaders and

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scholars, and travelers from America’s

Wednesday–Friday, March 5–7

leading museums and academic

One of Asia’s most rapidly changing cities, Beijing is a fascinating destination for both new and experienced China travelers. On Wednesday, after an orientation meeting and introductory lecture from one of this program’s distinguished speakers, join a small  group excursion of your choice (see Excursion Options), followed by lunch at an area restaurant. Convene for an exclusive gala welcome dinner Wednesday evening in the lavishly decorated Golden Hall of the Beijing Hotel. On Thursday, enjoy a half-day excursion option, followed by lunch and an afternoon at leisure to explore the city independently. Former President George H.W. Bush will deliver a keynote lecture on Friday morning. Afterward, participants will take part in another excursion option. Friday evening, a gala reception and dinner with former President Bush and local statesmen at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse will mark the program’s last night in Beijing. CHINA WORLD HOTEL (3B,3L,3D,R)

institutions, on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to China, South Korea, Japan,

W Oexpert RLD and Taiwan. Gain insight, L E A D E R S an behind-the-scenes access, and SYMPOSIUM intimate understanding of Asia’s rising global powers as you explore this fascinating mix of ancient culture and modern politics. Experience world-class lectures aboard the privately chartered, all-suite Silver Whisper; engage in timely discussions with distinguished statesmen; enjoy private shore excursions at historic sites; and meet local dignitaries and business executives for unique perspectives. Call 1-800-395-3288 to reserve your suite today.

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Shang hai Tuesday–Wednesday, March 11–12 Shanghai, the “Paris of the Orient,” started as a small fishing village at the mouth of the Yangtze River, then opened to international trade in 1842 and swiftly became the most important trading center in all of China. Meet with local dignitaries for a panel discussion, followed by lunch on board. On Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, get to know Shanghai in  depth through your choice of excursion options. SILVER WHISPER (2B,2L,2D)

Cr ui sing Thursday, March 13 As the Silver Whisper plies the waters of the Yellow Sea, enjoy the onboard lecture and discussion program and the amenities of one of the world’s finest cruise ships. SILVER WHISPER (B,L,D)

Seoul, South K or ea Friday, March 14 Arrive at the port of Incheon, Korea, this morning and disembark for a full  day tour of Seoul, including the Gyeongbokgung Palace, twice destroyed during war and twice rebuilt in grand Korean style; and the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a buffer between North and South Korea established at the end of World War II. Gather for a special lunch featuring an address by a local dignitary. SILVER WHISPER (B,L,D)

Transfer to the Beijing airport for a flight to cosmopolitan Hong Kong. A motorcoach tour of the city includes Victoria Peak, which offers stunning views of the city and the harbor. This evening, embark the luxurious Silver Whisper and cruise toward Shanghai. SILVER WHISPER (B,L,D)

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Sunday, March 16

Sunday–Monday, March 9–10 Keelung Taipei

sessions on East Asia’s history and future. The Silver Whisper’s captain will host a reception and dinner this evening. SILVER WHISPER (2B,2L,2D)

As the ship traverses the Formosa Strait, the program’s educational offerings take center stage. Former President Bush and the team of study leaders will provide lectures and discussion

Saturday, March 15 The onboard lecture and discussion program continues as the ship navigates the Korea Strait. SILVER WHISPER (B,L,D)

Nagasaki, Japan Nagasaki has been a center of interaction between East and West from feudal times through the

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Meiji era to the present. Choose between the city’s major sights: the Atomic Bomb Museum and Peace Park, a memorial garden established near the epicenter of the atomic bomb explosion; or the Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture and Dejima, an artificial island created in 1636 for use by foreign traders, who were not allowed to set foot in Japan. SILVER WHISPER (B,L,D)

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Disembark at the port of Keelung, Taiwan, for a full  day tour of Taipei. Visit the exceptional National Palace Museum, home to one of the most priceless collections of Chinese art in the world, and view the Martyrs’ Shrine. Enjoy a gala lunch featuring an address by a local dignitary, followed by a private performance of traditional Taiwanese music and dance. SILVER WHISPER (B,L,D)

All accommodations and meals as indicated in the itinerary • Comprehensive program of shore excursions and special events • Comprehensive lecture program offered by experts • Experienced tour managers throughout • State-of-the-art headsets for clear reception of expert commentary during excursions • All group on-tour transportation, including on-tour flights, as indicated in the itinerary • Gratuities to guides, porters, and ship’s crew • Bottled water throughout the program • Alcoholic beverages on board ship, including beer, wine, and most cocktails • Wine, beer, and cocktails at gala events in Beijing • Soft drinks and local beer during lunches off the ship • 24-hour room service on board ship • Arrival transfers and baggage handling between the Beijing airport and the China World Hotel for those arriving on March 2, 3, or 4 • Departure transfer and baggage handling between the Silver Whisper and the Hong Kong airport • Complete packet of pre-departure information including suggested reading list, book package, and luggage tags • Chinese visas for U.S. citizens

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Wednesday, March 19

Airfare from the U.S. to Beijing and from Hong Kong to the U.S. • Passport fees • Immunization costs • Airport security fees imposed by the government or airline • Accident, baggage, and cancellation insurance • Excess baggage charges • Personal items such as laundry, telephone, room service in hotels, fax, and email charges, gratuities for non-group services, and other items not specified as included

Cr u i s i n g Monday, March 17 Enjoy the onboard lecture and discussion program while cruising toward Taiwan. SILVER WHISPER (B,L,D)

Ta i p e i , Ta i wan Tuesday, March 18

The lecture series concludes during this final day of cruising. As the ship returns to Hong Kong, gather for a special reception and the captain’s farewell dinner. SILVER WHISPER (B,L,D)

Ho ng Ko n g / Hom e Thursday, March 20 Disembark in Hong Kong and transfer to the airport for flights to the U.S. (B)

Excursion Options

In Beijing and Shanghai, participants will have the opportunity to participate in their choice of several fascinating excursion options. Beijing excursions may include the 2008 Olympic Park; the Forbidden City; the Great Wall; Old Beijing; a market visit and cooking demonstration; and a contemporary art gallery. Shanghai excursions may include the Shanghai Museum; an ancient canal town; the Jewish Quarter; a market visit and cooking demonstration; Old Shanghai; and daily life in the city.

Cover: President Bush and Barbara on bikes in China, circa 1974 (George Bush Presidential Library); Map (© Iloveotto / Lion at Forbidden City

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*Pricing for Royal, Grand, and Owner’s suites is shown for one-bedroom configuration; two-bedroom configuration is also available, with prices available upon request. Availability is limited for Silver, Royal, Grand, and Owner’s Suites.




Double Single VISTA SUITE $15,595 $26,515 Vista Suites on Deck 4 have a large picture window and do not have a veranda. Vista Suites 734 and 735 on Deck 7 have a door opening onto a non-accessible balcony. 287 sq. ft. TERRACE SUITE $16,595 $28,215 287 sq. ft. plus shared veranda with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. VERANDA SUITE $17,995 $30,595 285 sq. ft. plus 60-sq.-ft. teak veranda with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. MIDSHIP VERANDA SUITE $18,595 — 285 sq. ft. plus 60-sq.-ft. teak veranda with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. MEDALLION SUITE $22,895 — 440 sq. ft. plus 81-sq.-ft. teak veranda with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. SILVER SUITE $23,995 — 591 sq. ft. plus 110-sq.-ft. teak veranda with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Silver Suite 725 is 530 sq. ft. plus 123-sq.-ft. veranda. ROYAL SUITE* $28,995 — Royal Suite 602 is 851 sq. ft. plus 116-sq.-ft. teak veranda with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Royal Suite 702 is 897 sq. ft. with 110-sq.-ft. teak veranda with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. GRAND SUITE* $30,195 — Grand Suites range from 838 to 980 sq. ft. with floor-to-ceiling glass doors leading to a teak veranda that ranges from 103 to 116 sq. ft. OWNER’S SUITE* $33,795 — 699 sq. ft. plus 220-sq.-ft. teak veranda with floor-to-ceiling glass doors.




Program Rates, per person



The award-winning, 388-passenger Silver Whisper, the newest vessel in Silversea’s fleet, features all suites, most with private verandas, and world-class cuisine and service. Silversea has been rated the World’s Best Small Ship Cruise Line for six consecutive years by Condé Nast Traveler, and Best of the Best Cruise Line by the esteemed Robb Report. Suites are expansive (minimum of 287 sq.ft.), with the highest ratio of space-per-guest of any cruise fleet. The line is also renowned for its signature personalized service. The Silver Whisper was launched in 2001 and is 610 feet in length, with seven passenger decks and 194 passenger staterooms. The vessel is fully stabilized, cruises at 21 knots, and offers her guests the following amenities: 24-hour room 10 service; three open-seating restaurants; three lounges; two bars; theDECK Mandara Spa; fitness center; men’s and women’s saunas and steam rooms; outdoor heated pool; two whirlpools; beauty salon; guest elevators; laundry/valet service; mail/email service; internet access; and medical services.


Terms and Conditions

Reservations and Payments A deposit of $5,000 per person is required to confirm all reservations. Participants may confirm spaces immediately by calling High Country Passage at 1-800-395-3288 with a major credit card number. You may, if you prefer, send a check (payable to High Country Passage), or your credit card instructions, with the completed reservation form to High Country Passage, 500 Third St., Ste 455, San Francisco, CA 941071805. We cannot confirm reservations without a deposit. Final payment is due 120 days before departure. All tour prices and airfares quoted in this brochure are based on tariffs, costs, and exchange rates of the United States dollar that were in effect at the time of publication. Consequently, prices herein are subject to change. High Country Passage reserves the right to accept or decline any person as a participant at any time. Due to fluctuations in oil prices, a fuel surcharge may be added to your tour fee. Details and costs will be advised prior to your departure. Cancellation Deposits are fully refundable if a notice of cancellation is received in writing within 30 days of receipt of deposit; after that, the deposit is 100% nonrefundable. Cancellations after the final payment deadline of November 3, 2007 are subject to a 100% penalty regardless of the date of deposit. All payments are non-refundable within 30 days of departure, regardless of date of deposit. An application for cancellation insurance will be mailed with your confirmation. For your protection, cancellation insurance is strongly recommended. Refunds cannot be made to passengers who do not complete the tour for any reason at all. High Country Passage reserves the right, without penalty, to require any participant to withdraw from a tour at any time at his/her own expense, when such action is determined by tour staff to be in the best interest of the health, safety, or general welfare of the tour group or the individual participant, subject only to the requirement that the recoverable portion of the tour price that corresponds to the cost of unused services and accommodations be refunded, if any. Insurance For your protection, cancellation/interruption insurance is strongly recommended; information about insurance will be sent to you upon receipt of deposit. Health All participants should be in good health and capable of walking over rough terrain. By forwarding the deposit for passage, the passenger certifies that he/she does not have any physical or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other passengers. Responsibility High Country Passage (HCP) acts only as an agent for the suppliers and contractors providing transportation and/or all other travel-related services and assume no responsibility howsoever caused for personal injury, personal or property loss or damage, in connection with any service. Additionally, responsibility is not accepted for losses or expenses due to sickness, weather, strikes, terrorism, wars, or other such causes. HCP reserves the right to make changes to the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of the tour. Occasionally, unforeseen changes in transportation schedules or other pressing matters necessitate a change in the land portion of the tour or cause a tour to be extended beyond its scheduled completion; any extra costs incurred in such cases are the responsibility of the passenger. HCP reserves the right at their discretion to alter, change, omit, and/or feature any part of the itinerary or any reservation, conveyance, or routing at any time and without notice and for any reason whatsoever without allowance of refund. HCP also reserves the right to decline or accept any person as a member of the tour, or to require any person to withdraw from the tour at any time, when such action is determined by their representative to be in the best interests of the health, safety, and general welfare of the tour group or the individual participant. HCP reserves the right to withdraw without penalty any tour announced. Personal effects are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times.

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Rising Global Powers

China and East Asia

A b oar D t h e a l l - S u i t e S i l v e r W h i sp e r • M ar c h 3 – 2 0 , 2 0 0 8 Featuring George H.W. and Barbara Bush, former Secretary of Defense William Perry, and notable historians, Asia scholars, and business leaders

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Please send your completed reservation form and deposit to High Country Passage, 500 Third St., Ste 455, San Francisco, CA 94107-1805 or call 1-800-395-3288, or fax 415-901-8140. Enclosed is a check for $ ($5,000 per person) payable to High Country Passage for place(s) on the World Leaders Symposium in China and East Asia. or Please charge the deposit of $5,000 per person to my: ❏ VISA ❏ MasterCard ❏ American Express Please note: Final payment is due 120 days before departure. Card N umbe r

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Featured Guest Speaker

Study Leaders

level positions involving international relations, including U.S.

1994 to 1997, is currently the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor at Stanford University.

Geor g e H . W . B u sh served in a number of seniorAmbassador to the United Nations (1971), Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in China (1975), and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (1976), prior to being elected the 41st President of the United States in 1988. Relations between the U.S. and China have been a continued priority for Bush well past his presidency: he has visited China more than fifteen times and has collaborated on several U.S./China conferences. Bush has agreed to participate in this program March 7–11, and he will be accompanied by his wife, former First Lady B a r b a r a

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William J. Perry, U.S. Secretary of Defense from Ann p ing Ch in, a leading historian and expert on Confucianism, Taoism, and the Chinese intellectual tradition, teaches history at Yale and is the author of several books on China.

Jonat han D. Spen ce, one of the world’s foremost scholars of Chinese history, is the Sterling Professor of History at Yale.

Ro ger B. Porter, IBM Professor of Business and Government at Harvard, joined the Kennedy School faculty in 1977.

Edmon d M ath ez is a geologist and curator in the American Museum of Natural History’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

Rising Global Powers: China and East Asia  

Featuring George H.W. and Barbara Bush, former Secretary of Defense William Perry, and notable historians, Asia scholars, and business leade...

Rising Global Powers: China and East Asia  

Featuring George H.W. and Barbara Bush, former Secretary of Defense William Perry, and notable historians, Asia scholars, and business leade...