Travel Destinations

Central simplifying connection between Arizona & China

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. – Connecting the Valley of the Sun to the Yangtze River in China is as easy as calling Central Arizona College.

In March and again in late May, Central faculty members John Paddison and Joe Fang will lead travelers on a cultural excursion through the majestic Far East to explore a land of wonder and history.

The first trip will take place March 17-25 and feature tours of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. The adventure is just $1,899 and includes all hotel accommodations, meals, transportation, visa fees and transfers inside China.

The second trip will run from May 26-June 4 and also will feature a tour of Beijing, plus and option to visit Tibet or cruise down the Yangtze River. The adventure is just $2,695 and includes all hotel accommodations, meals, transportation, visa fees and transfers inside China.

The trips do not include passport costs, gratuities and Central tuition, but does include a sightseeing trip to the Great Wall.

The journeys to China provide an opportunity to learn about one of the oldest cultures in the world. The experience is unbelievable, affordable and brings together an eclectic group of travelers that augments the trip.

“We have been able to put together some very good packages,” Paddison said. “We have had a pretty good mix of travelers from young folks who may be in high school to C.A.L.L. members who may be senior citizens. It is just a wide range of people and interests, and everyone has an eye-opening experience.”

While Paddison has taken groups to China before, he is excited about his first visit to Tibet, as well as the opportunity for some participants to sojourn down the Yangtze River.

“Folks who can’t go to the higher altitude of Tibet will be able to split off from the group and see the Yangtze River,” he explained.

The trips to China developed out of both his and Fang’s experiences in the massive country.

“I did some teaching in China and found it a fascinating country,” Paddison explained. “I wanted to create the same opportunity for students and for the community to experience what I did. Most of the students come back from the trip and say it was an enlightening experience.”

The next informational meeting will be held at Central’s Signal Peak Campus on Friday, February 9, from 3:30-4 p.m. in the library. Paddison will present his experience of teaching in China and Fang will talk about his experiences in Beijing.
For more information on the trips to China or to sign up for the information meetings, please contact Paddison by phone, 480-677-7725, or e-mail Interested travelers may also contact Fang by phone, 520-494-5274, or e-mail, or Jean Paddison by phone, 480-983-6600, or e-mail


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