Contact: Frank Sun
Harley Davidson Heritage Tour Starts from Pennsylvania
(BEIJING -April 13, 2011) -China Outbound Travel and Tourism Market, Beijing
Pennsylvania State officially welcomes Chinese Harley Davidson fans to find the true guts of America motorcycle culture in Pennsylvania. On the opening day of the annual China Outbound Travel and Tourism Market in Beijing, Ning Shao, Chief Representative of Pennsylvania State in China, handed over the invitation letters from Pennsylvania State Government to Chinese riders and welcomed Chinese Harley Davidson riders and Chinese tourists to explore the beauty of the great state of Pennsylvania. Between 16th June and 28th June 2011, 15 Chinese Harley Davidson fans will embark on their 14-day ride in the US. Supported and coordinated by Pennsylvania Tourism Office, Pennsylvania Center in China, Harley Davidson H.O.G BJ Chapter and Knight Hawk Tours, the trip will bring Chinese riders to the magnificent scenery of Pennsylvania through the unique travel experience by riding the Harley Davidson motorcycles. Besides, the rider will also be able to travel to the Harley Davidson manufacturing plant in York, Pennsylvania and enhance the understanding of Harley Davidson and its culture.
Pennsylvania is where US history starts. It is where the Declaration of Independence was drafted and signed and Philadelphia was once the capital of United States. The Gettysburg was also widely known for the fiercest battle in the Civil War. During the Harley Davidson Heritage Tour, Chinese riders will visit those historic sites, well connected by the state highways. The fantastic Pennsylvanian sceneries along the highways will be the highlight of the journey.
Well-designed and coordinated by Pennsylvania Tourism Office, the itinerary includes numerous features of Pennsylvanian tourism resources. Chinese riders will visit Philadelphia and Harrisburg, where riders will be well received by the representatives of the State and city. The Pennsylvania portion of the journey will also cover York manufacturing plant of Harley Davidson, renowned No. 6 Highway and sceneries of Allegheny forest along the way. In Pennsylvania, Chinese riders will also be able to participate in participate in "Thunder in the Valley" Motorcycle Rally Celebration in Johnstown, PA together with over 20,000 motorcycle enthusiasts.
As China expands its US-bound travel market, Pennsylvania has been attracting more and more Chinese tourists with its rich history, colorful culture and diversified tourism resources, in addition to the entertainment and shopping. With continuous efforts to enrich and diversify the travel market, Pennsylvania Tourism Office and Pennsylvania Center, its Chinese representative office as well as the partners of Pennsylvania tourism industry would like to work closely with Chinese partners to provide comfortable and high-quality travel experience to Chinese tourists.
Pennsylvania is the world's 18th largest economy, with a $533 billion gross state product (GSP), and home to 50 Fortune US 500 companies. Thousands of companies exporting from Pennsylvania, and over 1,400 foreign companies investing in Pennsylvania, have made it the fastest growing state in international business development. This is aided by Pennsylvania?? extensive network of overseas offices in over 30 countries, including 2 in China.
Tourism is Pennsylvania's number 2 industry, and Pennsylvania is ranked number 5 in the US for overall travelers (business and leisure) and for travelers from Asia with its breathtaking rolling hills vibrant outdoor recreation, stunning natural attractions and rich history. The city of Philadelphia, often know as the birthplace of America and where the US Declaration of Independence and US Constitution was written and signed, is one of the most popular international destinations in the United States.
Pennsylvania and China also have a deep and diverse relationship. We have offices in both Beijing and Shanghai, share a number of sister city relationships (Pittsburg-Wuhan, Philadelphia-Tianjin among others), many of our finest higher educational intuitions have partnerships with China?? elite schools, and our tourism exchange is robust ????with increasing numbers of Chinese tourists interested in exploring our history, schools and famous sites.
Pennsylvania also has an incredibly healthy bilateral trade relationship. China is PA?? 3rd largest trade partner and over the last 5 years has been a source of more than $500million of investment into the state.
Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love:
Philadelphia's founding father, Penn, merely borrowed the name because its meaning so represented his own philosophies and aspirations for his new urban center. The name, Philadelphia, which means "brotherly love," is actually derived from the Greek words meaning brotherly love or more specifically, philos which means "loving" and adelphos which translates to "brothers". Penn wanted his new city to exemplify his new religious beliefs. He wanted a place that was free from religious bigotry, an "open door" that would welcome settlers from all persuasions and walks of life, as brothers, no matter what their chosen religion. He wanted a place where fairness would reign.
Pennsylvania Center China
Pennsylvania Center was created to develop and enhance the relationship between Pennsylvania and China. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in collaboration with private-sector members of the Pennsylvania business community, PAC represents the Commonwealth?? growing interest in the expanding market of China.
Harley-Davidson is the world's only American-based manufacturer of high-end casual motorcycles, its products including heavyweight motorcycles, full-range motorcycle parts and accessories, apparel, and variegated merchandise.
Harley-Davidson landed in China as it set up its Shanghai office in April 2005. On July 9, 2010, Harley-Davidson's China-based subsidiary, namely, Harley-Davidson (Shanghai) Commercial and Trading, Co. Ltd., was officially launched. Up to date, authorized dealers have reached 7 major cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Qingdao, Xiamen, Wenzhou, Dalian, and Hong Kong, with 2 more dealers to be approved in Chengdu and Guangzhou. Currently, the Harley-Davidson Owners Group? (H.O.G.) has 4 branches in Beijing, Shanghai, Qingdao, and Hong Kong. Harley-Davidson has been devoting itself to leading the growth of casual motorcycle market in China, offering enthusiastic Chinese fans opportunities of safe riding experiences with Harley-Davidson that symbolizes free cruising, primordial power, and happy pastime.
For more information, please visit the official website of Harley-Davidson (China) at:
Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) - China
In Mainland of China, there are 3 H.O.G. Chapters in Beijing, Shanghai, Qingdao.
October 2006, the H.O.G. Beijing Chapter was established. It is the First H.O.G. Chapter in Mainland.
April 18th, 2008, Officially opened Harley-Davidson Asia?? Shanghai Representative Office and the founded Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) Shanghai Chapter.
Sep. 16th, 2008, Harley-Davidson had its 105th Anniversary. 23 China H-D owners flight to Milwaukee to celebrate Harley 105th birthday
Apr. 23rd-26th, 2009, Lijiang experience riding kicked-off. Over 60 H-D fans met at Lijiang to share the riding experience and enjoy the beautiful Lijiang scenery
Apr. 30th-May 2nd, 2009, Launched the first China H.O.G. national rally in TaiShan Mountain, Around 100 H-D fans and owners gathered together to witness the historical moment
Oct. 4th-5th, 2009, Harley-Davidson H.O.G Shanghai chapter and Beijing chapter organized the national wide rally in Taipinghu lake of Huangshan in the province of Anhui. Over 250 people participated in the ride
Jan. 23rd, 2010, in the celebration of ??xpo 2010 Shanghai China" count down 100 days, Harley-Davidson H.O.G Shanghai chapter organized a grand ride in Shanghai. The riders paraded through the center of Pudong New Area, calling people to actively participate in the Expo and wishing the event great success.
May 1st-3rd, 2010, the 2nd Harley-Davidson China National Rally is organized in Qinhuangdao in Hebei province. Over 200 people participated in the event and the procession is unprecedent and spectacular.
May 29th to July 8th, 2010, The 2010 Harley-Davidson "Great Ride of China" traveled through 12 cities across China and last for one month. The ride starts from Chengdu and continues through Chongqing, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Wenzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Nanjing, Qingdao, Dalian, and Shenyang before finishing in the Chinese capital, Beijing. Harley-Davidson China provided one Heritage Softail? Classic motorcycle for riders to relay-ride on the journey.
Knighthawk Tours is based in Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA. It specializes in motorcycle themed tours both in China and USA. In 2011, it has been awarded "Prefered Tour Operator" by the Office of Tourism, the State of Pennsylvania,USA. The company was founded by HOG members in USA. Knighthawk Tour's main product line is international motorcycle themed tours. It provides a space for Harley Owner Group (HOG) world-wide to share their passion, pride and friendship in the natural beauty of our land and with hospitable local people. In Septebmber 2008, knighthawk Tours launched its first tour, "Ride to Confucius" with great success. Participants from PA, MD, FL and WA of USA rode 1,100 kilometers throughout the Shandong Province, China, including Qu Fu, the hometown of Confucius. This historical ride was graciously planned, sponsored and supported by Harley-Davidson Motor Company. (www.harley-davidson.com) and Shandong Provincial Government of China (www.travelshandong.com).
a. Ride to Confucius.
Knighthawk Tours will continue to work with Harley Davidson and Shandong Provincial Government to refine and expand our classic routes in Shandong. We are hoping to routinize our rides and expanded to other provinces of China in 2011. Our mission is to provide Harley riders with well planned routes through China that exhibits scenic views, rich cultural history, welcoming people and opportunities to meet local riders.
b. Harley Davidson Haritage Tour
With the assistance and support of the State of Pennsylvania USA, Knighthawk Tours presents a newly designated Harley Davidson Heritage Tour to HOG riders and visitors from China in 2011. Pennsylvania is proud to be the birth place of United States of America and to be that of almost all Harley Davidson motorcycles. From Philadelphia (where America was born) to York (Harley factory) to Milwaukee (Harley Headquarter), China visitors will witness the history and the natural beauty of our nation and our beloved Harley Davidson Motorcycle.
For more information: http://www.knighthawktours.com
Harley Davidson 14-Day Journey
16th June -28th June, 2011
Day 1 -Arrival in Philadelphia, PA
Day 2 -Philadelphia, PA-Lancaster, PA-York, PA
Day 3 -York, PA-Wellsboro, PA
Day 4 -Wellsboro, PA-Cooksburg, PA
Day 5 -Cooksburg, PA-Sturgis, MI
Day 6 -Sturgis, MI to Milwaukee, WI
Day 7 -Milwaukee, WI-Sandusky, OH
Day 8 -Sandusky,OH-Johnstown, PA
Day 9 -Johnstown, PA
Day 10-Johnstown, PA-Harrisonburg, VA
Day 11 -Harrisonburg,VA-Front Royal, VA-Air and Space Museum/Washington DC,-Gettysburg, PA-York, PA
Day 12-York, PA-Philadelphia, PA
Day 13 -Philadelphia, PA
Day 14- Depart Philadelphia, PA for China