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About Our China Ceramic Tours.
On behalf of the Chinese Ceramic Art Council USA and Chinese Clay Art Corporation (California based), and with a strong working team, we have been leading China ceramic tours for western delegations, and American tours (including the ceramic conferences of NCECA) for Chinese delegations since 1999. About 200 have gone to China with us, and many of them have become repeat customers and our life-time friends.
In the China ceramic tours and exchange programs, we will provide professional, western standard services, plus personal services to meet your needs. For pre-departure issues, we will able to answer your questions through our toll free number 24 hours/7 days, or reply to your emails within 24 hours.
Usually during the tour, we have few banquets with Chinese officers, but more important is that you will able to visit art schools and artist studios, meet many professors and their students, outstanding artists and national masters, and share your art with them on the tour.
We are experts in both ceramics and tourism.
--- Guangzhen "Po" Zhou, director.

List of the organizations, schools and events with which we have associated and lectured or exhibited our art works during the past years:
Chinese Ceramic Association, Beijing, China
Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing
Fine Art College, Shanghai University, Shanghai
Shanghai Research Society of Ancient Ceramic, Shanghai
Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province
Academy of China Fine Art, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province
Longquan Ceramics Association, Longquan, Zhejiang Province
Yixing Professional Ceramics Association, Yixing, Jiangsu Province
Yixing Ceramics Museum, Jiangsu Province
Yixing International Ceramic Art Conference, 2005
Yixing International Ceramic Art Conference, 2001
Foshan Ceramics Association, Foshan, Guangdong Province
Foshan International Ceramic Expo, 2002

-- China Trip with Po Zhou
"...... His skills are many, and varied, but his greatest skill is his human understanding and concern for others. He is a wonderful human being.

Working for many years to bring ceramics information to and from China and the western world is his passion. He is a `bridge` from potters and educators of the ceramic arts from China. He is loved and respected all through China for his work."

If anyone on Clayart wants to go to China and work, study or teach, Po would be able to help you get there. The need for teachers with English language skill is great......

(Please see entire articles at Clayart archives: http://lsv.ceramics.org/archivedata/clayart.html, look in the week of 3rd to 4th, April, 2006)

from: Mel Jacobson, Minnetonka, MN, USA. Website: http://my.pclink.com/~melpots3
Monday, April 17, 2006 3:02am.

I highly recommend Guangzhen "Po" Zhou, of Chinese Clay Art, USA, as a guide for touring the many ceramic arts related sites in China. Of all of the tours offered each year to China, I trust Po the most to guarantee a safe and informative journey, one that will forever be regarded with fond memories.

In the late spring of 2001, I joined a dozen ceramic artists and educators traveling under Mr. Zhou's guidance. We visited many of the great ceramics collections in museums throughout China, including the phenomenal Shanghai Museum of Art. Several days were spent in other ceramics producing cities, including Yixing and Jingdezhen and the mountaintop village of Chenlu. We visited the terra cotta army in Xian, and spent a day at the Forbidden City in Beijing. All along the way, we visited ceramic artists in their studios and in the schools where they teach. There was much to share with these remarkable artists, and Po's friendships and connections made these visits as enjoyable as they were informative.

I will not mince words -- China is not an easy place to travel. Many of the journeys from place to place are on undeveloped rural roads. The lack of sanitation in some of the more remote areas can be quite daunting. Po is aware of these difficulties for the Western traveler. He has found numerous accommodations where are generally quite good, and the food was always good. All of the hotels were three stars or better, and all were air-conditioned and clean, an important consideration in the more southern areas of China, where mosquitos may be a problem. Even the overnight train rides were first class, on new trains with air-conditioned semi-private cabins with four soft bunks each. In three-plus weeks, our dozen fellow travelers fared very well, with no illnesses or serious digestive problems. This is a testament to Po's good care of his guests.

Before you travel to China, make sure that you see your doctor to bring your immunizations up to date. You should be protected from tetanus, hepatitis, and other diseases. Make sure to pack general first aid items, including aspirin, antibiotic ointments and bandages, as you should when traveling anywhere out of the country. You may take a vial of pills of a general antibiotic, but I wouldn't take daily antibiotics unless I actually developed some sort of an infection. Antibiotics may play havoc with your digestive system, and that will certainly make traveling difficult.

There are many considerations to ponder when planning a trip to China, but the journey will make any difficulties worth the experience. One thing that I will absolutely guarantee: Po will take the best care of you. He is truly a decent and caring man, who makes every effort to see that all of the travelers in his charge are well taken care of. I would trust him more than anyone else currently taking ceramic tours to China. I encourage you to go to China, and enjoy the splendor of this vast country, and the depth and breadth of its ancient cultural treasures and contemporary arts.

Sincerely,

Richard Notkin


TRAVELING IN CHINA WITH PO 2002

After attending the International Ceramics Symposium in Foshan, China in October of 2002, I traveled through China for 11 days with ten other ceramic artists on a tour arranged and conducted by Po. It was a most memorable experience indeed. We traveled by air, bus or train, to wonderful destinations such as Shanghai, Xi'an, Beijing and other remarkable places. With Po as our tour guide we got to experience many small enjoyable things that would not have been part of a larger tour conducted by someone else and it provided a more in-depth immersion into Chinese culture. The accommodations were clean and comfortable and the food was delicious to say the least.

Po was a great tour guide; he had an agenda but was also open to interests of the group as we traveled the country.

For potters wishing to go to China, Po is the person to be with!!!!!

Tom Kerrigan
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