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Chamber executive visits China

Graf said one of her favorite highlights of the trip was a visit to the Temple of Heaven built in 1420 A.D.

"I climbed the right side of the Great Wall to the end. The wall is 4,000 miles long and 2,000 years old. The steps were uneven with some higher than others. We all got a great workout. We also visited one of the 13 Ming Emporer Tombs," she said.

The remaining days of the chamber junket included visits to Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou with the highlight evening banquet at the Hangzhou World Trade Center.

"It was grand," Graf added. "We were welcomed and had a power point presentation about investing in Hangzhou. The city has been the fastest growing city over the last 10-15 years. The government will bend over backwards for foreign investment. I was invited to sit at the head table and made valuable contacts."

Graf said the same trip-without the business meetings- will be repeated March 26, 2012, for $2,200 all inclusive. Chamber members and other area residents are welcome to sign up.

This May 16, the Okemo Chamber will hold a China orientation for those interested in travelling with chamber staff and members.

"You don't have to be a Chamber member to participate," Graf said. For more details, visit the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, 57 Pond St., Suite 8, in Ludlow or call the office at 802-228-5830.

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