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International airfare (from designated US gateway city)

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All in-country transportation for the group (including airport transfers)

Accommodations in four to five star hotels

24/7 professional English speaking guide

Individual departure taxes (where applicable)

Fees for all services, most tips and taxes

Professionally led daily program – see itinerary for full details

Travel insurance

Daily breakfast and most lunches & dinner, as specified in the itinerary

10-20 Hours of professional exchanges with counterparts in host  country

Formal and informal meetings with your peers to increase your global knowledge of your profession

Unique insight and knowledge about current issues and challenges related to your profession

24-hour support from US Nanda Journeys office and in-country support

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 Hong Kong &Taipei | 9 days​ | October 27- November 4, 2017

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8 - 10.0 Continuing Medical Education Credits have been approved for this journey. ​ 

** This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Wilderness Medical Society and Nanda Journeys. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. **

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Optional Macau Extension

Date & Length: 3 days    November 4-6, 2017

Extension cost: $1,499 per person (includes all gratuities)

Single supplement: $399

Inclusions: Ground transportation and ferry to Macau and back to Hong Kong International Airport; baggage handling, gratuities; tours; meals as mentioned; local guide for tours and transfers; and accommodations based on double occupancy.

Not Included: Hotel incidentals, meals not mentioned and excess luggage charges on express ferry to HK International airport on departure (free for first 20kg/44 pounds). The sum of length, width and height of one item of baggage should not exceed 158cm (62 inches) for the ferry.

To participate in the optional extension, complete and return the extension registration form. Return no later than 90 days prior to departure or within five days of receiving the information. Enrollment on the main program is required to add this extension to your package.

Day 01: Depart for Taipei, Taiwan
Depart from San Francisco and make your way to Taipei, Taiwan today.​

Day 02: Taipei, Taiwan
After you arrive this evening, the group will be met and transferred for check-in at your local hotel. Due to the late arrival, no meals will be provided today.

Taipei, officially known as Taipei City, is the capital of the Taiwan region. Taipei is located on the Tamsui River; it is about 25 km southwest of Keelung, a port city on the Pacific Ocean. It lies in the Taipei Basin, an ancient lakebed bounded by the two relatively narrow valleys of the Keelung and Xindian rivers, which join to form the Tamsui River along the city's western border. The city proper is home to an estimated 2,618,772 people. 

​Overnight:  Ambassador Hotel

Day 03: Cultural Exploration - Taipei, Taiwan

All travelers will gather this morning for a welcome briefing with your Taiwan guide and receive further information on the program and today’s activities.

Begin your explorations of Taipei with a visit this morning to the Martyrs’ Shrine and the National Palace Museum. Built in 1969, the shrine covers a large area and is famous for its grand architectural style, similar to the Taihe Dian of the Imperial Palace in Beijing. The museum dates to 1925 and houses what is reported to be the world’s largest collection of priceless Chinese cultural and at treasures spanning China’s 5,000-year history.

After lunch at the Yuan Yuan Restaurant, explore the Confucius Temple, famous for its southern Fujian-style ceramic adornments. Stop to shop at Jianguo Holiday Flower and Jade Market before you finish up your afternoon with a visit to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. The monument lies in a park at the east end of Liberty Square. The structure is framed on the north and south by the National Theater and National Concert Hall and is a dedication to the former President of the Republic of China.

Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening at Hsinye Restaurant (Taiwanese cuisine) in the Taipei 101 Building. Taipei 101, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, is a landmark skyscraper in Xinyi District. The building was officially classified as the world's tallest in 2004, and remained such until the completion of Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2009.

Overnight:  Ambassador Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Professional Exchange, Taipei - Taiwan
Professional members of the program will interact with local mental health professionals today. Meetings will be requested with a variety of representatives in your field such as the Department of Mental Health, Psychiatric Center, MOHW or the National Taiwan University Hospital. Lunch will be provided this afternoon.

Journey Mission: The primary objective for this journey is to enrich your mental health understanding and practice by a short, but intense, immersion in the rich mental health traditions and practices of your professional colleagues and neighbors to the east.
Begin a dialogue around:

  •  How did the psychoanalytic tradition come to, and grow in, Taiwan?
  •  What cultural beliefs and practices affect the presentation and treatment of mental health problems?
  •  What are the community mental health care policies and resources?

Guest program: Today accompanying guests will visit Yehliu Geopark’s unique geological formations including the iconic "Queen's Head" before heading to the famous Jiufen market to enjoy its wonderful street food. After a light lunch visit the Pingxi District, best known for its natural beauty and must-see events, such as the famous annual Sky Lantern Festival.

This evening the group will take part in a private cooking lesson at a local restaurant. You will also have the chance for dinner after your four-course class on the Chinese dishes.
Overnight: Ambassador Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Professional Exchange, Taipei, Taiwan
This morning, continue your professional exchange with a visit to a local hospital or clinic to continue your discussions with their psychiatric staff.

Guest program - Accompanying guests will visit the Lungshan Temple this morning. Lungshan is a Buddhist temple and was built in 1738 by settlers from Fujian in honor of Guanyin. It served as a place of worship and a gathering place for the Chinese settlers.

After lunch at a local restaurant, the group will take part in a community activity. Arrangements will be made to visit a local non-profit or similar organization for the chance to give back. More details will be provided closer to travel regarding this opportunity.

Dinner will be provided this evening as you say farewell to Taiwan.
Overnight: Ambassdaor Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Travel to Hong Kong
Enjoy some free time in Taipei this morning. After hotel checkout, make your way to the Taoyuan International Airport for your short flight to Hong Kong. You will be met in Hong Kong by your local guide and transferred this afternoon to your local hotel for some free time to relax.

Lunch is by individual arrangement this afternoon.

Dinner will be provided in Hong Kong at a local restaurant.
Overnight:Intercontinental Grand Stanford
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 07: Professional Exchange - Hong Kong

Today, finish your professional exchange with mental health colleagues to wrap up your interaction with the local mental health staff. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.

Guest Program: Accompanying guests will visit Tung Chung of Lantau Island. You will have the chance to see the Big Buddha via Ngong Ping Cable Car. This is the largest statue of sitting Buddha in Hong Kong. Later you will visit Po Lin Monastery and Tai O Village to have lunch at the Buddhist monastery with the monks. The monastery was founded in 1906 by three monks visiting from the Chinese mainland and was initially known simply as "The Big Hut". It was renamed to its present name in 1924. Tai O Village is home to the Tanka people, a community of fisher folk who’ve built their houses on stilts above the tidal flats of Lantau Island for generations. Head back to Tung Chung by cable car and to visit the City Gate Outlet.

Dinner will be by individual arrangement (own expense). Perhaps venture out to explore a local night market.

Overnight:  Intercontinental Grand Stanford
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 08: Cultural Exploration
Depart the hotel in the morning and explore Victoria Peak. The highest point on Hong Kong Island, this has been the city’s most exclusive neighborhood since colonial times – back then it was the cooler air that attracted the rich and famous. Now it just affords remarkable views!
Next visit Stanley Market, an open-air market for bargain shopping, before making your way to lunch at the famous Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant. Stanley Market is one of the must-go places for visitors when they are in Hong Kong. You will find an interesting array of little shops selling silk garments, sportswear, art, Chinese costume jewelry and souvenirs.

This afternoon the group will enjoy an Aqualuna (junk) cruise to sail along Victoria Harbor before disembarking in Tsimshatsui. From here you will visit the Promenade, Ancient Clock Tower, 1881 Heritage Complex and Nathan Road, the main thoroughfare in Kowloon.

Say goodbye as you reflect and share memories over a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight:  Intercontinental Grand Stanford
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Time to say goodbye
Depart for the airport today for your flight home. Depending on the flight time, lunch is by individual arrangement with free time to explore.

Meals: Breakfast

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.


​​Leader Spotlight:  Dr. Nada Stotland

Dr. Nada Stotland is a former president of the American Psychiatric Association and the author or editor of seven books and more than 75 articles on women's health and medical ethics. She has won a number of awards, including the Francis Braceland and Alexandra Symonds awards from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the Lila Wallis Award from the American Medical Women's Association. As an invited speaker, she has addressed audiences in France, Colombia, Montreal, India, Germany, England, and Australia, as well as made appearances on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Larry King Live," and Fox News. Her involvement in the mental health community includes:

  • Professor of Psychiatry, Rush Medical College
  • Director of the Psychiatric Consultation Service and Director of Psychiatric Education, The University of Chicago School of Medicine 
  • Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Medical Director of Mental Health Services, State of Illinois
  • President, Association of Women Psychiatrists
  • Board member, Mental Health America 

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​What's Included

Mental Health Journey to Hong Kong & Taiwan - led by Dr. Nada Stotland

Through professional site visits and discussions, we will learn more about the current state of mental health services and policies in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Meet with medical and mental health practitioners from a variety of settings in Hong Kong, and Taipei, including local hospitals, schools and appropriate medical societies. Learn about mental health policies, education and training as well as the establishment of ongoing communication and collaboration. Focus on the cultural beliefs and practices that affect the presentation and treatment of mental health problems; how professional and public opinion about mental health disorders have evolved; the role of psychoanalytic theory and tradition; and what local cultural beliefs and practices affect the presentation and treatment of mental health problems in this region.  

8.0-10.0 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits will be sought for this journey