TechCrunch Europe is a media partner with the ChinaContact UK/Ireland Tech Tour to China as we think it could well be of benefit to UK and Irish startups to make more contacts there.
From their blog:
The plan is to get a group of 15-20 people travelling to Beijing, Tianjin, Xian, Hangzhou and Shanghai in late October. The group will get to meet innovators and leaders in China’s tech & internet sectors and visit some of the most exciting, fast growing companies in China. Social events will allow the group to get to know local entrepreneurs and investors better. This tour is planned around entrepreneurs who are thinking of China as their next big market and want to understand the environment first-hand and/or looking for local partners that can help them with aspects of their business development. We want group members to use this tour as an important step in their China strategy which will help them figure out the options available to them and the market potential.
The itinerary is here, costs are here, and you can apply for a place here. Having been involved with the Web2Asia/China 2.0 tour last year I can vouch that the people involved know the tech scene on the ground in China very well. TechCrunch Europe has no financial interest or otherwise in the tour, we just think it looks worthwhile.