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Mysterious China: A Voyage Without Passports

Program Number: 6634RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/15/2015 - 2/20/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: St. Petersburg, Florida
Price starting at: $775.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

China, once a mysterious and closed country on the other side of the world, is now as familiar as the daily headlines but it is still in many ways an enigma. Travel by photograph, film, story and lecture to this vast country. With our China scholars, study its customs, lifestyles, myths, legends, history, politics and film. Explore China's place in the modern world and prospects for the future. You'll have a genuine Chinese experience without long lines or the need to renew your passport!




Highlights

• Learn about the Silk Road, one of the world's oldest and most historically important trade routes, and its influences on the culture of China.
• Unravel the mystery of the Chinese dynasties and observe the intricate and beautiful Magic Characters of the Chinese language
• Investigate the spiritual world of Tai Chi and practice what you learn.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.




Date Specific Information

2-15-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Eckerd College.




St. Petersburg (Florida)

Known as the “Sunshine City” with an average of 361 sunny days per year, “St. Pete” has 234 miles of shoreline and boasts 125 city parks, as well as one of America’s top-ranked beaches and the largest municipal arena in the southeast.



Accommodations
Waterfront hotel on Tampa Bay with two swimming pools, private beach, tennis and shuffleboard, bicycle rentals, and fitness center.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Hong Gu

Instructor of Chinese language at Eckerd College, Hong Gu was born and raised in Shanghai, China. Professor Gu has taught Chinese language, literature, history and English composition at Hamilton College, Northwestern University and Purdue University. Hong received his bachelor’s in English language and literature from East China Normal University, Shanghai, and his master’s in English language and literature from Southeast Missouri University and has done doctoral work at Purdue University.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
  St. Petersburg, FL 5 nights
 Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Type: Hotel
  Description: With two pools and private beach, this full service 18-acre waterfront hotel is located directly on Tampa Bay. Convenient to nearby Gulf beaches and area attractions and all there is to do in St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area.
  Contact info: 6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane
St. Petersburg, FL 33711 USA
phone: 727-867-1151
web: http://www.marinacoveresort.com
  Room amenities: Clock radio; coffee maker; free local phone calls' hair dryer; microwave (on request); refrigerator; 2nd floor rooms have a balcony
  Facility amenities: Arcade and game room; ATM; bar and lounge; fitness center; gift shop; wireless internet access in public areas; laundry facilities; private beach; hot tub; 2 outdoor swimming pools; shuffleboard, tennis and volleyball courts.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: call for prices Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: call for prices Call the hotel directly at 727-867-1151 for prices.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Approximately 5:00pm. You will be staying at Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove that night.
  End of Program:
1:00pm. You will be staying at Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free and available close to the accommodations.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  St. Petersburg, FL
  Nearest city or town:  Tampa/Clearwater
  Nearest highway: I-275
  Nearest airport:  Tampa International Airport and St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: St. Petersburg, FL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Tampa International Airport & St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Supershuttle
phone: 800-258-3826

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes to 1/2 hour 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

   

Website: www.supershuttle.com Reservations are recommended but not required. Travel from airport to the campus is very convenient - all interstate.

 

To/From Magnuson Hotel

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Amtrak
phone: 813-221-7600
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

5251 110th Avenue North Pinellas Park Square, Suite 101 Clearwater, FL 33760 Taxi: Yellow:813-253-0121 United:813-253-2424

 

To/From Magnuson Hotel

 

To Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Greyhound Lines
phone: 727-898-1496

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

   

To/From Magnuson Hotel 727-8981496 To/From Greyhound Lines-7 Miles (For Greyhound Only) Greyhound Lines 180 9th Street North St. Petersburg, Fl 33705 Taxi: United:727-535-0000 Clearwater Yellow:727-799-2222

 

Magnuson Hotel /St. Petersburg

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
See below

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call for current rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

5 miles

   

United Cab: 727-799-2222 Clearwater Yellow: 727-799-2222

 
Driving Directions
  Northeast of St. Petersburg I-4 or I-75 south, merging onto I-275 (St. Petersburg). You will travel approximately 20 miles, all the way through Tampa, across Tampa Bay and past the downtown St. Petersburg exits. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
  Southeast of St. Petersburg I-75 north to I-275. Cross the Sunshine Skyway Bridge ($1.00 toll). Take exit 16, right onto Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your right.
  St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport Turn left onto Roosevelt Blvd. (686) as you exit the airport. Follow to Ulmerton Road. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left.
  Tampa International Airport I-275 south (St. Petersburg). You will travel approximately 20 miles, all the way through Tampa, across Tampa Bay and past the downtown St. Petersburg exits. Take I-275 south to exit 16. Turn left at the stop. Turn right on Sunshine Skyway Lane. The Magnuson Hotel will be on your left..
Elevation Note: sea level.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival/Welcome/Orientation
(Sunday, February 15)
   
 Afternoon: CHECK IN: From 3:00 pm at the Magnuson Hotel front desk. REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, you will be directed to the meeting room to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing the up-to-date schedule that we will review during orientation in the evening. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT PROGRAM ACTIVITIES AND SCHEDULED TIMES COULD CHANGE DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding! ORIENTATION: 5:00 pm. Meet and greet everyone in an introductory get-acquainted session. We'll then review the updated schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and answer any questions you may have.
 Dinner: Hotel Dining Room
 Evening: The evening is yours to begin to know your fellow participants, walk around the hotel, unpack or relax.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Understanding Chinese History Through Art / Field Trip to Museum /
(Monday, February 16)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: LECTURE: Explore the wide scope of Chinese History through an understanding of its Art with our East Asian Humanities Professor, Dr. Andrew Chittick. Behold the magnificant brush paintings and photographs of ancient buildings, temples and bridges of China. Continue with the exploration of Chinese History through an understanding of its Art with Dr. Andrew Chittick. There will be a short refreshment break mid morning. LECTURE TOPICS AND FIELD TRIPS MAY VARY FROM PROGRAM TO PROGRAM AND CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.
 Lunch: Enjoy a plated lunch in our hotel dining room
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Explore the collection of Chinese and Asian art at the Museum of Fine Arts After the tour, you will have free time to linger at the museum or enjoy other treats of downtown St. Petersburg. Your group leader will give you suggestions of places to visit, like the Dali Museum, the Chihuly Collecton, or the many shops and eateries nearby
 Dinner: Dinner at the Eckerd College Continuing Education Dining Hall. The buffet at the campus dining hall includes hot entrees, side dishes, salad bar, soup, deli meats, bread, fresh fruit, desserts and beverages. Self-service format with trays.
 Evening: Evening Entertainment
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Culture of China / The China Dream
(Tuesday, February 17)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: Dr. Hong Gu, Professor of Chinese Language and Culture at Eckerd College will begin our course on the culture of China. There will be a short refreshment break mid morning. Dr. Gu will continue with the second part of Culture of China bringing us into the more modern era.
 Lunch: Enjoy a plated lunch in our hotel dining room
 Afternoon: Dr. Hong Gu will ecture on The Chinese Dream
 Dinner: Dinner at the Eckerd College Continuing Education Dining Hall.
 Evening: Evening Entertainment or Presentation
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Ang Lee & Chinese Film / Decline of Dynasties / Dragon Boats / Film
(Wednesday, February 18)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: LECTURE: Dr. Chen will discuss Ang Lee and Chinese film. Included will be a discussion of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. There will be a short refreshment break. LECTURE: Dr. Chittick will explore the historical decline of the Chinese dynasties followed by the rise of Communism.
 Lunch: Enjoy a plated lunch in our hotel dining room
 Afternoon: LECTURE: Dr. Chittick will switch gears this afternoon and discuss the Chinese Dragon Boats.
 Dinner: Special Chinese Dinner
 Evening: Enjoy Ang Lee's film, "Eat Drink Man Woman"
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Changing Roles of Men & Women / Principals of Taoism & Confucianism / Chinese Language /Musical Entertainment
(Thursday, February 19)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: Instructor Joy Katzen-Guthrie will discuss the many changing roles of men & women in China. Enjoy a short refreshment break. Learn all about Confucius & Modern Religious Policy in China with Joy Katzen-Guthrie.
 Lunch: Enjoy a plated lunch in our hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: LECTURE: Dr. Gu will discuss the magic characters of the Chinese language. After a short break, Dr. Gu will talk about and demonstrate the art of Tai Chi
 Dinner: Dinner at the Eckerd College CEC Café.
 Evening: ENTERTAINMENT: Enjoy an evening of music.
   
Accommodations: Magnuson Hotel - Marina Cove
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Lecture: The Art of Feng Shui
(Friday, February 20)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel with at least one hot item. Assorted fruit, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: Joy Katzen-Guthrie demystifies the Art of Feng Shui
 Lunch: At the hotel. Program concludes with lunch today.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  St. Petersburg, FL Websites-Places of Interest
Dali Museum: www,salvadordalimuseum.org Fine Arts Museum: www.fine-arts.org South Florida Museum: www.southfloridamuseum.org Holocaust Museum: www.flholocaustmuseum.org
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China


Author: Jung Chang


Description: Blending the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic sweep of eyewitness history, Wild Swans has become a bestselling classic in thirty languages, with more than ten million copies sold. The story of three generations in twentieth-century China, it is an engrossing record of Mao's impact on China, an unusual window on the female experience in the modern world, and an inspiring tale of courage and love. Jung Chang describes the life of her grandmother, a warlord's concubine; her mother's struggles as a young idealistic Communist; and her parents' experience as members of the Communist elite and their ordeal during the Cultural Revolution. Chang was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen, then worked as a peasant, a "barefoot doctor," a steelworker, and an electrician. As the story of each generation unfolds, Chang captures in gripping, moving -- and ultimately uplifting -- detail the cycles of violent drama visited on her own family and millions of others caught in the whirlwind of history.



Tao Te Ching


Author: Lao Tzu


Description: In what may be the most faithful translation of the Tao Te Ching, the translators have captured the terse, enigmatic beauty of the original masterpiece without embellishing it with personal interpretation or bogging it down with explanatory notes. By stepping out of the way and letting the original text speak for itself, they deliver a powerfully direct experience of the Tao Te Ching that is a joy to come back to again and again. And for the first time in any translation of the Tao Te Ching, now you can interact with the text to experience for yourself the nuanced art of translating. In each of the eighty-one chapters, one significant line has been highlighted and alongside it are the original Chinese characters with their transliteration. You can then turn to the glossary and translate this line on your own, thereby deepening your understanding of the original text and of the myriad ways it can be translated into English. Complementing the text are twenty-three striking ink paintings brushed by Stephen Addiss and an introduction by the esteemed Asia scholar Burton Watson.



An Introduction to Confucianism


Author: Yao, Xinzhong


Description: Taking into account the long history and wide range of Confucian Studies, this book introduces Confucianism - initiated in China by Confucius (551 BC–479 BC) - primarily as a philosophical and religious tradition. It pays attention to Confucianism in both the West and the East, focussing on the tradition's doctrines, schools, rituals, sacred places and terminology, but also stressing the adaptations, transformations and new thinking taking place in modern times. Xinzhong Yao presents Confucianism as a tradition with many dimensions and as an ancient tradition with contemporary appeal. This gives the reader a richer and clearer view of how Confucianism functioned in the past and of what it means in the present. A Chinese scholar based in the West, he draws together the many strands of Confucianism in a style accessible to students, teachers, and general readers interested in one of the world's major religious traditions.



Feng Shui


Author: Wong, Eva


Description: The first complete, in-depth course in the traditional Chinese art of harmonious design for interiors, buildings, and sites—including instructions for making your own geomantic compass for feng-shui readings. Deeply rooted in Taoist and shamanic origins, feng-shui is not simply a list of directives for building auspicious structures or arranging interiors for good luck. It is the art of reading the patterns of the universe and living in harmony with the environment. With 200 photos and diagrams.



The Chinese Dream: The Rise of the World's Largest Middle Class and What It Means to You


Author: Wang, Helen


Description: In The Chinese Dream, a groundbreaking book about the rising middle class in China, the award-winning author Helen H. Wang challenges us to recognize that some of our fears about China are grossly misplaced. As a result of China's new capitalist paradigm, a burgeoning middle class-calculated to reach 800 million within the next fifteen years-is jumping aboard the consumerism train and riding it for all it's worth-a reality that may provide the answer to America's economic woes. And with China's increasing urbanization and top-down governmental approach, it now faces increasing energy, environmental, and health problems-problems that the U.S. can help solve. Through timely interviews, personal stories, and a historical perspective, China-born Wang takes us into the world of the Chinese entrepreneurial middle class to show how a growing global mindset and the realization of unity in diversity may ultimately provide the way to creating a saner, safer world for all. Through this eye-opening book, Wang widens our understanding of China today and shows how this new class of upwardly mobile young people, who have modern ambitions and a growing global consciousness, are beginning to drive China toward a new and different future. To gain a clear view of the impact of this new middle class, Wang provides us with interviews of executives of foreign-owned firms, connected Communist party members, rural migrants who are seeing their dreams of a better life come to fruition, and young entrepreneurs who are becoming increasingly westernized, consuming as fast as the money pours in. She also provides us with a careful analysis of the social and political forces at work in society, as she takes us on a journey to many places in China that reflect her own life-changing experiences.



River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze


Author: Hessler, Peter


Description: In the heart of China's Sichuan province, amid the terraced hills of the Yangtze River valley, lies the remote town of Fuling. Like many other small cities in this ever-evolving country, Fuling is heading down a new path of change and growth, which came into remarkably sharp focus when Peter Hessler arrived as a Peace Corps volunteer, marking the first time in more than half a century that the city had an American resident. Hessler taught English and American literature at the local college, but it was his students who taught him about the complex processes of understanding that take place when one is immersed in a radically different society. Poignant, thoughtful, funny, and enormously compelling, River Town is an unforgettable portrait of a city that is seeking to understand both what it was and what it someday will be.



Memoirs from the Beijing Film Academy: The Genesis of China's Fifth Generation


Author: Ni, Zhen and Berry, Chris


Description: After graduating from the Beijing Film Academy in 1982, directors like Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou transformed Chinese cinema with Farewell My Concubine, Yellow Earth, Raise the Red Lantern, and other international successes. Memoirs from the Beijing Film Academy tells the riveting story of this class of 1982, China’s famous "Fifth Generation" of filmmakers. It is the first insider’s account of this renowned cohort to appear in English. Covering these directors’ formative experiences during China’s tumultuous Cultural Revolution and later at the Beijing Film Academy, Ni Zhen—who was both their screenwriter and teacher—provides unique insights into the origins of the Fifth Generation’s creativity. Drawing on his personal knowledge and interviews conducted especially for this volume, Ni Zhen demonstrates the diversity of the Fifth Generation. He comments on the breadth of styles and themes explored by its members and introduces a range of male and female directors, cinematographers, and production designers famous in China but less well-known internationally. The book contains vivid descriptions of the production processes of two pioneering films—One and Eight and Yellow Earth.



The Open Empire: A History of China Through 1600


Author: Hansen, Valerie


Description: The Open Empire presents a fresh approach to Chinese history in the premodern period, drawing on stunning evidence from recent archaeological finds and exciting currents in scholarship. Departing from the dynastic structure typical of other histories, Valerie Hansen charts the broad social changes that transcend the artificial chronological boundaries of dynasties, enriching her narrative with discussions of everyday life in the distant past. Peopling the pages are nobles, peasants, women, students, writers, and rebels--all offering their own distinct and colorful perspective. Illuminating the many ways in which Chinese society has been influenced by foreign cultures, The Open Empire depicts China as a country with a dynamic, open history.



The Search for Modern China


Author: Spence, Jonathan D.


Description: The leading textbook by the leading scholar. This text, the classic introduction to modern China for students and general readers, emerged from Spence’s highly successful introductory course at Yale, in which he traced the beginnings of modern China to internal developments beginning in the early 17th century. Strong on social and political history, as well as Chinese culture and its intersections with politics, this paperback is a longstanding leader in the survey course on modern China.





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