SACU's Golden Anniversary

Our society is celebrating fifty years of friendship and understanding with the Chinese people (1965-2015). Over the year we will be holding events to mark this important milestone.

Anniversary Tour to China

SACU's 50th

SACU are arranging a tour to China 16th October - 1st November 2016 through the ABTA travel agents Ian Dickson Travel Service . A few places are still available on this specialist tour, but we require a firm booking as soon as possible to reserve flights and accommodation. If you have any queries please get in touch.


Sunday 16th October Day 1
1020 Depart Heathrow on Finnair flight 832
1515 Arrive Helsinki
1820 Depart Helsinki on Finnair flight AY 051
Monday 17th October Day 2 Beijing - 4 nights dinner
As the capital of modern China, Beijing is fast becoming a popular and fashionable tourist destination: and for good reasons too. Beijing is not only the modern political, cultural and educational centre of China, but holds the biggest collection of ancient sites and relics in the nation. Beijing has been the heart and soul of politics and society for over 5000 years. If the pace of change in the city today is anything to judge by, Beijing is determined to stay at the forefront of Chinese civilization.
0655 Arrive Beijing International airport, meet and greet by local guide and transfer to the hotel.
Suggested hotel - Ping An Fu Hotel
Visit Tiananmen Square - the Palace Museum Welcome dinner

Tuesday 18th October Day 3 Beijing breakfast lunch dinner
Visit the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven - or opportunity to visit art galleries - 798 at Dashanzi
Meeting and dinner with CPAFFC to be arranged during the visit.

Wednesday 19th October Day 4 Beijing breakfast lunch and dinner
Morning visit Beijing University with Sun Hua then continue for afternoon to visit Great Wall at Jiayuguan dinner on the way back.

Thursday 20th October Day 5 Beijing breakfast lunch and dinner
Visit Michael Crook at the Bailie School and see the Lama Temple Confucius Temple the Wudaoying Hutong - see the new developments in Sanlitun.
Summer Palace,Beijing
Friday 21st October Day 6 Beijing - Express Train to Xi’an Overnight on the train ( B L D )
Full day tour in Beijing’s hutongs : possible visit to Shijia Hutong Museum restored by the Prince’s Trust.
Walk through the areas featured in Paul French’s Midnight in Peking - meet SACU member Tamara Treichel or Bruce Connolly, from Radio Beijing. After dinner transfer to the Station and take overnight train to XIAN ( Z19 2043/0758+1).

Saturday 22nd October Day 7 Xi'an 4 nights ( B L D )
Xi'an is the first of China's Four Great Ancient Capitals and played a very important part in Chinese history. Xi'an is proud of its ancient heritage. The immaculately restored and mighty city wall still dominates the centre of the city, with traffic passing through the underpasses. Many modern buildings are in keeping with ancient style.

Meet and greeted by local guide and visit the City Walls Muslim Street the Bell Tower Square and the 8th Army Museum.
Suggested hotel -Bell Tower or similar. SACU has contact with Xian officials who will arrange some visits directly.

Sunday 23rd October Day 8 Xian Breakfast lunch and dinner
Day visit to the Terra-Cotta Warriors Museum, Huaqing Hot Springs and Banpo Museum.
Xian warriors
Monday 24th October Day 9 Xian breakfast lunch and dinner
Day visit to Forest of Steles, Great Wild Goose pagoda, Shaanxi History Museum etc.
Alternatively - visit the tombs at Qian Ling connected with Empress Wu Zetian.

Tuesday 25th October Day 10 Drive to Fengxian, Baoji, (4 hours) 2 nights
We will set off with our driver and local guide for Fengxian.
Suggested hotel in Fengxian County Zhongyuan Xianggelila Hotel

Wednesday 26th October Day 11 in Fengxian programme to be arranged
We will explore the George Hogg connections with the Bailie School at Shuangshipu - programme to be arranged specially for SACU members.

Thursday 27th October Day 12 Return to Xian for overnight at Bell Tower Hotel.

Friday 28th October Day 13 Xian/Shanghai 4 nights breakfast lunch and dinner
Known throughout the world as the "Pearl of the Orient" Shanghai is a modern and fast growing city, rich in history, and culture, with a wealth of areas and sites just waiting to be explored. One of the nicest aspects of Shanghai is that the crowds here are much more manageable than in a city like Beijing. This is largely because there are no great ancient sites which people flock to. Rather, this is a city to be walked, wandered, explored and discovered in your own time and, in your own style.

Morning flight from Xi’an to Shanghai - transfer to hotel - afternoon visit to the Bund.
Suggested hotel - Pacific on People’s Square

Saturday 29th Oct. 2016 Day 14 Shanghai breakfast lunch and dinner
Visit the Old Chinese City and former concession areas. Peoples Square. Visit the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Museum in Huashan Road run by Mr Pei Wang Ming. Meet George and Betty Barr authors of Shanghai Boy Shanghai Girl -both born in Shanghai and SCA members.
Sunday 30th Oct. 2016 Day 15 Shanghai breakfast lunch and dinner
A day excursion to Zhujiajiao water Village (about 1 hour drive ) and enjoy the fantastic Boat Ride. Return to down town for some free time shopping

Monday 31st Oct. 2016 Day 16 Free day in Shanghai dinner only

Tuesday 1st November 2016 Day 17 Shanghai/Home - it will be possible to extend your stay !
Departure Transfer to Pudong Airport.
0920 Depart Shanghai on Finnair flight AY 058
1420 Arrive Helsinki
1600 Depart Helsinki on AY 833
1710 Arrive Heathrow

Included in the price

Economy class international flights by Finnair including taxes (group size minimum 10)
Flights and transportation in China
Accommodation in twin rooms. Single supplement payable
Transportation throughout by coach with English speaking guide
Daily breakfast and Chinese meals as shown in the programme

Booking form

If you have any queries please use our contact form. Details may vary and some flexibility about arrangements can be easily accommodated. You can download a booking form from here - which includes pricing information - to send to the tour organisers (Ian Dickson Travel Ltd) asap.


A couple of articles have been written to mark this important event in our history.

There is an article covering the background and formation of the society in 1965.

Another article surveys the history of understanding between China and the U.K. in the last fifty years.

Past events

Anniversary Event 30th May 2015

50th anniversary booklet

A full 68 page booklet report of the 50th anniversary is now available for download as a free PDF: 50thAnniversayReport.pdf (4Mb). It includes a summary of the speeches, participant list and photographs of the major participants.

SACU’s 50th anniversary symposium at King’s College London on May 30th was a great success. Most of the 150 members and guests who registered to attend did so. Another fifteen arrived on the day. We were delighted to hear the Chinese Ambassador wish us well for the future. Feedback forms returned by attendees were complimentary of the organisation of the event, the quality of speakers and the buffet lunch. A number of non-members have since joined SACU and several existing members have indicated an interest in participating in organising future events.

Chinese in WW1 and SACU AGM Saturday 18th July 2015

A well attended meeting heard about the untold story of the many Chinese who served with the Allies in WWI. Steve Lau spoke eloquently in support of the Ensuring We Remember Campaign. We then improved our fitness and relaxation with Qigong exercises.

China in Change - Wednesday 9th March 2016

FAU book

On 9th March, SACU Council member, Andrew Hicks, gave an engaging talk based on his new book, A TRUE FRIEND TO CHINA. At the spectacular premises of EY (Ernst and Young) overlooking Tower Bridge on the Thames, Andrew presented the story of his book, of how hundreds of pacifists sailed to China in the turbulent nineteen forties as members of the Friends Ambulance Unit 'China Convoy' and for ten years until 1951 distributed medical supplies and did crucial medical relief work. His presentation was illustrated by a selection of the 500 newly-discovered photos that are in his book which showed just how desperate and challenging conditions were in China at that time.

As well as the core theme of how practical friendship was extended to the people of China when at their lowest ebb, Andrew showed his own photographs of China taken at intervals from 1978 to the present day. These vividly showed China's extraordinary achievements in modernising and pulling so many millions out of poverty and creating a vibrant urban society.

Andrew also demonstrated how China is now seeking to rediscover and preserve its history and is keen to find examples of positive contacts, such as that of the Friends Ambulance Unit in supporting China in her time of greatest need. This is evidenced by an active movement to preserve buildings such as those on the campus of the West China Union University at Chengdu, now part of Sichuan University, which positively honours the contribution of foreigners in establishing western education in China. Andrew said that his experience in researching these stories in China is of a generous spirit of warmth and openness and that people want to remember and celebrate the best things that have come out of mutual contacts over the years.

EY's generous sponsorship of this event with its superb facilities and lavish refreshments are gratefully acknowledged and made the evening most enjoyable for the large audience that braved a wet and windy evening to attend.

Sex +Youth in modern China - Sunday 13th March 2016

Our China Cafe sequence of talks roared off in high gear on Sunday with Jemima Steinfield’s presentation on gender and sexuality in China today. The talk drew an enthusiastic audience of mainly young people who also enjoyed the spectacular view of St Katharine Docks from our meeting room.

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