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Travel Geeks: China — 23 May 2019, Cambridge

Thinking of heading to China for your next adventure? Join our panel as we discuss how to do it Thursday, 18 April 2019

By National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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Top tips, advice, technical know-how, photo ideas… and a glass of something cheery. Our series of informal chats are tailored to fit in with your busy lives. Travel Geeks: Rush Hour is just an hour long, and offers you the chance to hear from our experts, share a drink and join in the chat.

Shanghai's neon skyline; brooding Tiananmen Square; the mystical peaks of Wulingyuan; the Great Wall, running like a stone-coloured snake through forested mountains — China is a cultural, natural and historical heavyweight. Navigating the world's third-largest country, however, is no easy feat, so that's where we step in. In our upcoming series of Travel Geeks sessions, we hit the road as our experts share their top tips, advice and information on how to make the most of your trip to China, from what to see and when to go, to how to get around.

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Panel

Chris Leadbeater, freelance travel writer
Chris is a regular contributor to National Geographic Traveller (UK) as well as publications including The Telegraph and The Independent. He has travelled around China several times, covering everything from the best hotels in Beijing to navigating the Great Well.

Wendy Wu, founder, Wendy Wu Tours 
Wendy Wu is the founder and owner of Wendy Wu Tours, the leading specialist tour operator to China, Japan and Vietnam in the UK and Australia. Established in 1998, and with offices in London, Sydney, Auckland, Beijing, Shanghai and Xian, Wendy Wu Tours operates escorted tours and tailor-made holidays in over 30 countries across Asia and South America. Wendy was inducted into the British Travel Industry Hall of Fame in 2016 and was awarded Australia’s second most influential women in travel in 2017. Wendy lives in London and is a frequent keynote speaker at travel industry and travel consortia events and conferences in the UK and Australia.

Michelle Jana Chan, journalist and broadcaster
An award-winning writer and broadcaster, Michelle has reported for Newsweek magazine from Xi’an, Beijing and Taipei before serving as the Asia-Pacific Editor for Deutsche Welle Radio in Cologne. She’s also been the AITO Travel Writer of the Year and last year published her first novel, Song. 

Simon Lewis, writer and screenwriter
Simon has worked on five editions of the Rough Guide to China and is sole author of the Rough Guide to Shanghai and the Rough Guide to Beijing. As well as having travelled extensively through Asia, he’s also written several pieces of fiction set in China, as well as screenplays for the silver screen. 

Panellists subject to change.

Moderated by 

Connor McGovern, assistant editor, National Geographic Traveller 
Connor is an assistant editor at National Geographic Traveller and will be adding his own tips and tales throughout the evening, and keeping the panel in check.

Event details

When: Thursday 23 May, from 18:30 to 20:30
Where: The Møller Centre, Churchill College, University of Cambridge, Storey's Way, Cambridge CB3 0DE
Tickets: £10, including a drink and nibbles

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