Plans have finalized for our 2018 Beijing road trip, so now is the time to gear up for if you plan to join us. China is without a doubt our best trips of all time. This year we will be playing against veteran Chinese teams in Beijing. Offering extensive sightseeing and baseball camaraderie, we are now signing up players for this exciting trip. Don't miss out on our 2018 oriental baseball adventure.
Information On Our Trip To China
Interested in joining us? Well the requirements are simple. First, the ability and desire to play baseball in a unique international setting. Second, an interest in international goodwill and sportsmanship (e.g. if you swing the bat at the ump after a called strike three, please try fantasy baseball). Third, a historical interest in the sites, sounds, and images of past and present China. Sound interesting?
Whatís involved in this once in a lifetime opportunity? First, you will depart America on June 29th and arrive in Beijing the next day where you'll be met at the airport with the team bus that will take you to our palatial hotel, the Park Plaza Hotel. After a night of rest we will begin our baseball exploits playing five goodwill rule games against veteran teams in Beijing.
We will also spend the non-game daytime hours sightseeing in China where we will visit Tianamen Square, the Great Wall of China, Mingís Tomb, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, Silk Alley, Tainjin and many more sights!
China Tour Costs And Other Details
By now you are probably asking yourself how you could be so lucky to have the opportunity of a lifetime and play baseball in China? Well, itís time to come back to earth as every dream has its price, but this oneís outstanding! The cost in a double room for each player is $1795 for everyone who registers by April 1st ($1995 after April 1st). Fans are only $1595. This includes the welcome reception with Chinese baseball officials, ALL hotels, ALL daily meals, ALL baseball games, ALL sightseeing tours, ALL daily ground transportation, and ALL airport transportation. Single rooms are an additional $350.
What isnít included in this wonderful invitation? Four basic things. First, you are free to choose your own airline to travel to China as no airfare is included in the above prices. Delta, United, American, Japan Air, and Air China (to name few) all offer flights to Beijing from the USA. Please wait until you are notified that the trip is full before buying your plane ticket.
Second, you must get your own passport if you do not already have one or if yours has expired. If you don't have one, apply as soon as you can as itís required for the third item you must acquire, a visa to visit China. Upon reserving a space on this trip you will be provided with a formal invitation from the Chinese Baseball Federation to visit China and a Visa request form. Once filled out and submitted to the Chinese Embassy in Washington, you will receive a visa valid for entry in about 3 weeks.
Finally, each player will be
responsible for bringing their own uniforms, bat, batting helmet, and 6
LEATHER baseballs. You will be free to trade your bats and helmets at the end
of the tour if you wish, but the baseballs go to Baseball International once you arrive in
Our Baseball International Team
We are only taking one team of 12 players and each player must apply by position. Depending on the weather and last minute schedule quirks, the full schedule should include 5 games. Interested in more information? Please feel free to contact us by email.
2018 China Baseball Road Trip
Our tentative schedule of games and sightseeing!
Additional China Road Trip Information
Is baseball an all American game? In 1863 a group of homesick American expatriates in Shanghai organized Asia's first baseball or bangqui club. In the 1970's Chinese government propaganda declared "the baseball movement" an important part of Mao Tse-tung's revolutionary sports program since it encouraged "diligent study of Marxism, Leninism and Mao Tse-tung Thought". Historians claim that Chinese authorities praised the game because it taught soldiers how to throw grenades. And you thought it was just catch it, throw it, and hit it! ( For more insights on baseball in Asia read "Taking In A Game: A history of Baseball In Asia" by Joseph Reaves).