Image: In the Forbidden City, Beijing, P.R. China.
The Orient Gold 2007 International Study Tour visited a representative selection of the different styles, and more significant gold deposits, in the major gold provinces from the north of China to neighbouring Laos and Thailand in the south, during early- to mid-October, 2007.
Participants had the option of taking either the full tour -or- any block of 5 or more days up to the total number of days on the Tour as suited their availability and interest.
Those commencing at the beginning of the Tour assembled in Beijing, P.R. China, on the evening of Saturday 6 October, at the meeting point advised by Porter GeoConsultancy (PGC) approximately two weeks prior to the start of the tour.
The Tour technical program ended in Bangkok, Thailand on the evening of Sunday 21 October, 2007.
For those who took less than the full tour, start and end points and dates were advised on confirmation of their registration. Alternate start and/or end points included Beijing, Xian and Xiamen in China, Hong Kong, Vientiane in Laos and Bangkok in Thailand.
Each participant was responsible for all of their own accommodation and travel arrangements and costs to get to the start point, and from the end point of the block of days or full tour nominated by the participant.
PGC arranged all surface travel and booked all scheduled airline flights between the start and end points of the block of days or full tour nominated by the participant.
The cost of all surface travel from when each participant joined the tour to when they left was included in the Tour Fees which also covered all costs associated with the tour, namely development, organisation, escorting the tour, mine visits, seminars/workshops, venues, technical translators/geologists, expert consultants time & expenses, background literature, tour packs, introductory dinners, etc.
Air Fares for scheduled airline flights booked by PGC and flown by each participant between when the participant joined and left the tour was an additional charge.
The Tour Fees and Air Fares were to be paid to PGC within two weeks of official confirmation of registration on the tour, but not less than one month before the commencement of the Tour. In the event of late registration, fees and fares had to be received before the commencement of the block of days or full tour nominated by the participant. Air fares were charged at cost, and had to be paid at the same time as the Tour Fees.
All accommodation reservations were made by PGC for each participant between the start and end dates/times of their tour. However, all accommodation costs were to be paid by the participants on checkout during the tour and NOT by PGC. Participants were also responsible for paying for their meals (except the Introductory Dinner) and other personal incidentals while on tour.
As part of the tour, each participant received a comprehensive collection of literature to read prior to commencement or during the tour. These papers covered the regional geology and distribution of mineralisation in the areas being considered, as well as descriptions of the individual deposits to be studied and other selected examples in the regions visited.
Approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the tour, participants were also provided with a detailed itinerary with accommodation information, including the street address, e-mail address, phone and fax numbers and tariff for each hotel. All they needed to bring are their field gear, personal affects, and credit card/travellers cheques or cash to pay for accommodation and meals.
Tour places were limited, and obtaining visas to enter some of the countries on the tour took some time. Consequently it was advisable to register early to guarantee a place on the tour.