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Mapping Chinese President Xi Jinping's Trip to Seattle

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We don't need to tell you Seattle traffic is bad but for the next couple days you may want to seriously consider not driving, or at least picking and choosing your spots carefully. A large Chinese delegation featuring China President Xi Jinping is arriving this morning and will be in the region through Thursday morning. In that time they'll be traveling from Everett to Seattle to Redmond to Tacoma and back again and it's entirely unclear when some of those road trips will be tying up traffic on a highway near you. According to the city of Seattle, "those who can postpone trips downtown or work from home are encouraged to do so." While all of the specifics aren't know, we do have a general idea of where Xi will be during his stay in the region. We've mapped out what we know below so you can get a sense of when the traffic slowdown (or stand-still) might affect you most. Check out more details on the trip and what it means for the Puget Sound region.


· Xi Jinping, Chinese Leader, Has Weighty Agenda and Busy Schedule for U.S. Visit [ST]
· Seattle plans for traffic during visit of Chinese delegation [SDOT]
· Xi Jinping's US visit: itinerary, issues and delegation [SCMP]

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1. Paine Field Airport

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3220 100th St SW
Everett, WA 98204
(425) 353-2110
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Chinese President Xi Jinping's plane will land at Paine Field on Tuesday morning. It's a smarter move than flying into busy Sea-Tac, plus it puts him in Boeing's backyard. He'll be welcomed by a delegation that includes former Washington governors Christine Gregoire and Gary Locke.

2. The Westin Seattle

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1900 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 728-1000
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Xi will spend most of Tuesday at the Westin Hotel where he'll be meeting with local officials such as Washington governor Jay Inslee and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray as well as the governors of Oregon, California, Michigan and Iowa. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is expected to be there as well.

3. Microsoft Corporation

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1 Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 882-8080
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Microsoft is hosting the U.S-China Internet Industry Forum on Wednesday where CEOs from Microsoft, Apple, Baidu and Alaibaba, to name a few, are expected to attend. It's unclear at this time if Xi will be attending as well but it seems like a strong possibility. If he does attend, it's said things could get a little testy.

4. Boeing Everett Factory

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3003 W Casino Rd
Everett, WA 98204
(425) 294-5437
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After the forum on Wednesday, Xi is said to be headed to see Boeing's Everett assembly line, which may be a precursor to an announcement about a new jet completion and delivery facility in China.

5. Dinner With Bill Gates

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500 5th Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 709-3100
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According to the Wall Street Journal, Xi is expected to have dinner with Bill Gates one evening. It's understandably unknown where that will take place, though probably not at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Unless that's what makes it the perfect cover...

6. Lincoln High School

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701 S 37th St
Tacoma, WA 98418

Xi will visit the Lincoln High School in Tacoma with his wife Peng Liyuan on Wednesday. Tacoma and Fuzhou, the capital of China’s Fujian province, established a sister-city relationship when Xi was Fuzhou's party chief in 1984

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1. Paine Field Airport

3220 100th St SW, Everett, WA 98204

Chinese President Xi Jinping's plane will land at Paine Field on Tuesday morning. It's a smarter move than flying into busy Sea-Tac, plus it puts him in Boeing's backyard. He'll be welcomed by a delegation that includes former Washington governors Christine Gregoire and Gary Locke.

3220 100th St SW
Everett, WA 98204

2. The Westin Seattle

1900 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Xi will spend most of Tuesday at the Westin Hotel where he'll be meeting with local officials such as Washington governor Jay Inslee and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray as well as the governors of Oregon, California, Michigan and Iowa. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is expected to be there as well.

1900 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

3. Microsoft Corporation

1 Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052

Microsoft is hosting the U.S-China Internet Industry Forum on Wednesday where CEOs from Microsoft, Apple, Baidu and Alaibaba, to name a few, are expected to attend. It's unclear at this time if Xi will be attending as well but it seems like a strong possibility. If he does attend, it's said things could get a little testy.

1 Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052

4. Boeing Everett Factory

3003 W Casino Rd, Everett, WA 98204

After the forum on Wednesday, Xi is said to be headed to see Boeing's Everett assembly line, which may be a precursor to an announcement about a new jet completion and delivery facility in China.

3003 W Casino Rd
Everett, WA 98204

5. Dinner With Bill Gates

500 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

According to the Wall Street Journal, Xi is expected to have dinner with Bill Gates one evening. It's understandably unknown where that will take place, though probably not at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Unless that's what makes it the perfect cover...

500 5th Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

6. Lincoln High School

701 S 37th St, Tacoma, WA 98418

Xi will visit the Lincoln High School in Tacoma with his wife Peng Liyuan on Wednesday. Tacoma and Fuzhou, the capital of China’s Fujian province, established a sister-city relationship when Xi was Fuzhou's party chief in 1984

701 S 37th St
Tacoma, WA 98418