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Steppes Travel Announces New Escorted Tour to South West China with Gina Corrigan


Steppes Travel announces new escorted tour to South West China with Gina Corrigan. This new tour will concentrate on Hunan Province and the eastern region of Guizhou Province, which is the hub of sophisticated Miao embroidered textiles.

Cirencester, United Kingdom, December 20, 2006 --(PR.com)-- Steppes Travel announces new escorted tour to South West China with Gina Corrigan
(http://www.steppestravel.co.uk/the-minorities-of-south-west-china-with-gina-corrigan-page1075.aspx). This new tour will concentrate on Hunan Province and the eastern region of Guizhou Province, which is the hub of sophisticated Miao embroidered textiles.

Justin Wateridge, MD of Steppes Travel, commented, “We are very pleased to be offering this exciting new tour. Gina Corrigan is hugely experienced in leading group tours to China, so we are thrilled to be able to offer this new tour led by Gina.”

Leaving in April 2007, this tour will concentrate on Hunan Province and the eastern region of Guizhou Province, which is the hub of sophisticated Miao embroidered textiles. In contrast we will fly to Changsha, capital of Hunan Province and visit one of the major Classical Embroidery Schools of China as well as viewing the Mawangdui Han Dynasty finds. The tour has been designed for textile enthusiasts, photographers and for those who enjoy a good festival. There is also a free day in Beijing to explore, shop or admire the new architectural wonders of this fast moving capital city.

The itinerary is as follows:

Day 1 Fly London Heathrow / Beijing (overnight)
Day 2 Arrive Beijing
Day 3 Fly Beijing / Guiyang
Day 4 Drive Guiyang / Kaili
Day 5 Kaili
Day 6 Kaili
Day 7 Kaili
Day 8 Kaili
Day 9 Drive Kaili / Tongren
Day 10 Drive Tongren / Fenhuang
Day 11 Drive Fenhuang / Zhangjiajie
Day 12 Fly Zhangjiajie / Changsha
Day 13 Changsha
Day 14 Fly Changsha / Beijing
Day 15 Beijing
Day 16 Fly Beijing / London Heathrow

Please contact them for a full detailed itinerary.

About Gina Corrigan
In 1989 Gina organised her first textile tour to South West China and from then on, became fascinated by the textiles. She began collecting costumes and textiles from Guizhou Province because she was worried that they were going to disappear. Her collection has been exhibited at three major venues in U.K: James Hockey Gallery, Farnham; The Holburne Museum, Bath; and Glasgow School of Art. In 1999, Gina's collection of over fifty costumes was acquired by the British Museum and she wrote a documentation file with each costume, which contained illustrative material from her large collection of photographs. A selection of the costumes was exhibited at the British Museum in the new B.P. gallery in 1998. The textile collection has been complemented by Gina's book, 'Miao Textiles from China' in the British Museum's Fabric Folio series. In 2005 a companion text analysing the stitch techniques of other Miao costumes in Gina's additional collection by Ruth Smith and a research team, has been published.

She continues to study the textiles, visiting Guizhou frequently, carrying out further research and taking at least one textile tour every year. Gina lectures widely on Guizhou textiles and speaks regularly to Embroiderers' Guilds throughout U.K. Also, she has lectured on various subjects related to the Miao at The Hong Kong Textile Society, The Oxford Asian Textile Society, The Royal Geographic Society, The International Batik Conference in Ghent, and to the Museum der Kulturen, Basel. Her articles on the Miao have appeared in The Embroiderers' Guild Magazine and in Hali Magazine and other specialist journals.

The Hampshire Museum Service will exhibit a selection of Minority Costumes and Techniques, other than Miao, from South West China at their various Museums in 2006. This will be followed by a Major Exhibition at the Knitting and Stitching Show in 2007 at London, Harrogate and Dublin.

She is married with a 30 year-old daughter. Peter, her husband, lectured on Contemporary China to undergraduates. Gina's greatest love is photography and she gained her Fellowship of the RPS using a selection of Chinese pictures. Her photographs have been published in a wide range of books and articles. Gina was co-author of a geography text book and, with Peter, has produced over 20 educational texts on China and Europe. She wrote and illustrated the Odyssey Guide to Guizhou, which was first published in 1995 and a photographic book entitled "Images of China" published in 1997.

About Steppes Travel
Steppes Travel (http://www.steppestravel.co.uk) specialises in arranging tailor made holidays to exotic destinations. All Steppes Travel consultants have first hand and in-depth knowledge of all the countries they cover. For further information, please call 01285 651 010.

For further information, please contact:

Justin Wateridge
Steppes Travel
justin@steppestravel.co.uk
Tel: 01285 651 010

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