LGBT Cultural Mission: Taiwan and Hong Kong

October 26 – November 04, 2017

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Join us on the first-ever LGBT and allied cultural and trade mission to Taiwan and Hong Kong!


Visit Hong Kong, Kaohsiung (Seattle’s Sister City), Taichung (Tacoma’s Sister City), and Taipei.
Meet LGBT and allied cultural, civic, and business leaders.
Indulge in world-renowned Taiwanese cuisine. 
Explore historic sites and natural wonders.
Celebrate and march in Asia’s largest Pride parade and Taiwan’s first since Marriage Equality!

$2950 per person
Single-occupancy hotel rooms and flight seating upgrades can be purchased at additional cost.

Tour Fare includes

International round-trip airfare, ground transportation on a deluxe bus, eight nights of 4-star hotel accommodations (double occupancy), admission to all the attractions, travel insurance within Taiwan, and most meals.

Register by August 25, 2017

About the Mission


The mission will focus on three areas of interest: LGBT civil rights, economic development, and tourism. 

The goals of the 10-day mission are a cultural exchange with, and creating lasting relationships between, LGBT business and community leaders from the U.S. and Taiwan. Over the course of trip, delegates will have the opportunity to meet with members of LGBT communities, business leaders, city mayors, and government officials.

"Our hopes are always to promote LGBT equality by putting a face to who we are and meeting members of LGBT communities from around the world and other cultures," says Louise Chernin, GSBA's President & CEO. "How can we, as an LGBT business movement, support and understand the challenges and the victories experienced by members of the LGBT community in another country? Is there a way for business to be a catalyst for breaking down barriers? And, because we are a business organization, we are excited to explore opportunities with our counterparts in Taiwan."

"The idea for this historic mission came from Felicity Wang, President of the Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce," says Chernin. "She knows GSBA is committed to LGBT equality and civil rights. So, she thought it would be wonderful to connect us with businesses, community, and civic leaders in one of the most open countries in Asia that was about to support marriage equality."

In addition a full itinerary of meetings and visits to cultural attractions, the mission participants will have the opportunity to march in Asia's largest Pride parade -- and Taiwan's first since its Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same sex marriage.

During the GSBA Pride Business Luncheon held on June 14, Vincent Yao, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle, stated, "As the freest country in Asia, ranked by Freedom House and Journalists Without Borders, Taiwan is making great strides for LGBT rights. Our constitutional court recently ruled in favor of same sex marriage. This ruling has paved the way for Taiwan to possibly become the first Asian nation to legalize same-sex marriage. As the beacon for LGBT rights in Asia, our LGBT community needs your support and to hear your experiences in order to make equality and inclusivity a reality for all across our continent."

Terms and Conditions


Tour Fare:
U.S. $2,950.00 for the whole trip including Hong Kong portion

Fares Include:
International round-trip ticket from Seattle to Taipei then to Hong Kong and return
40-passenger deluxe bus for the whole trip
(8) nights of 4-star hotel accommodations double occupancy in Taiwan and Hong Kong
Admission to all the attractions
Travel insurance with Taiwan
Most of the meals
(1) Ticket to Equalux: Taste of GSBA (Nov 18, 2017)

A single-occupancy room can be booked for an additional $550.
Airline upgrade to Economy Deluxe or Business Class is available. Contact Asia Pacific Tours for fare difference.

Tour Fares Exclude:
Gratuities for drivers and tour guides ($10USD suggested per day, per person to two people)
Some of the meals
Personal expenses
Excess baggage charged by airlines
Personal travel medical insurance
Any other charges caused by ‘acts of God,’ natural disasters, fires, weather, governmental and local authority orders, political changes, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, customs regulations, or damages or injury caused by an accident beyond the scope of responsibilities of the travel agents, or those incurred due to a tourist’s actions violating the law.

Payment:
$300.00 deposit required on August 25, 2017
A full payment should be received no later than September 10, 2017
Payments can be paid by check or in cash
If paid by credit card, a 4% merchant fee will be assessed

Cancellation Policy:
Deposit is non-refundable
50% of the trip cost will be refunded for cancellations before September 26
After September 26, no refunds are allowed
Any new bookings received after the deadline will be subject to availability and a full payment will be required

Traveler Insurance:
We strongly recommend that you purchase a personal travel insurance policy to cover unforeseen circumstances.

Note: All travelers must be in good health with a valid passport with at least six (6) months remaining validity. Both Taiwan and Hong Kong do NOT require a Chinese visa—entry for 90 days is allowed with a valid U.S. passport.

For Reservation:
Call or email Asian Pacific Associates.
Contact Person: Jessica Lu or Felicity Wang
Address: 619 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104
Tel: (206) 624-9168 or Cell: (206) 818-7399
Email: felicity@apatours.com or jessica@apatours.com


Important Dates



August 25, 2017
$300 deposit due.
$100 discount if deposit paid before August 10.

September 20, 2017
Full payment due.


The Itinerary



Day 1 | Thu, Oct 26 | Flight to Taipei

Depart Seattle at 11:30am

Day 2 | Fri, Oct 27 | Taipei
Arrive Taipei at 3:10pm
Bus transfer to hotel then to dinner
Explore the city

Day 3 | Sat, Oct 28 | Taipei

Attend Taipei Gay Pride parade

Day 4 | Sun, Oct 29 | Taipei
National Revolutionary Martyr’s Shrine
Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
Lunch in Taipei
National Palace Museum
Explore Taipei

Day 5 | Mon, Oct 30 | Taichung
(Tacoma Sister City)

Drive from Taipei to Taichung
Lunch with Taichung City Council
Sun Moon Lake
Dinner explore the biggest night market in Taiwan – Fong Jia Market

Day 6 | Oct 31, Tue | Taichung to Tainan (Snohomish Sister County) to Kaohsiung
Drive from Taichung to the most ancient city in Tainan
Anping Castle, Anping tree house, Chih Kan Tower, and Confucius Temple
Lunch with Tainan County representative or visit to the Black Bridge Sausage Museum
Chimei Museum
Drive to Kaohsiung
Dinner on your own, explore the city, and visit Love River

Day 7 | Wed, Nov 01 | Kaohsung
(Seattle Sister City and Port of Seattle)

Fo Guang Shan the biggest Buddhist temple and university in Taiwan
Special vegetarian cuisine at temple
Business visit to Kaohsung City and Port of Kaohiung
Welcome Reception

Day 8 | Thu, Nov 02 | Kaohsiung to Miao Li Hakka Culture Park to Ci Hu to Hong Kong
Travel to Miao Li Hakka Culture Park
Lunch here for special Hakka cuisine
Ci Hu – President Jiang’s Mausoleum then visit the Daxi Old Street
Dinner on your own
Leave to airport at 7:00pm for late flight to Hong Kong

Day 9 | Fri, Nov 03 | Hong Kong
Whole day to explore Hong Kong on your own!
Take train up to Victoria Peak to see the whole Hong Kong and Aberdeen Harbor,
visit Stanley Market for some shopping, or have Happy Hour in Lan Kwei Fong.

Day 10 | Sat, Nov 04 | Hong Kong to
Taipei to Seattle

Depart Hong Kong at 7:30am, arrive Taipei at 9:50am, connect to Seattle flight at 10:50am, and arrive Seattle on the same day at 6:20am.