China Today: Hidden Villages, Contemporary Cities and Yangtze River
Discover China through its people as you enjoy a meal with locals, speak with villagers in Guizhou, learn about urban planning in Shanghai and sail the historic Yangtze River.
Program No. 16602RJ
22 days
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At a Glance

Gain a fresh perspective on China’s greatest monuments and contrast the lives of modern, middle-class Chinese in cosmopolitan Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai against the timeless traditions of rural peoples in the remote and beautiful Guizhou Province. Journey along country roads and walk village pathways to gain access to places not often visited by outsiders and learn about the age-old traditions of the local peoples.
Activity Level
Moderately Challenging
Van transportation over bumpy roads for extended periods. Walking up and downhill on dirt paths, stairs without railings.
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Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Journey by vans through remote Guizhou Province’s rural villages to meet residents and village chiefs.
  • Meet China’s new middle class at an individual dinner in homes of English-speaking faculty and share a home-hosted lunch with a Miao family in the countryside.
  • On a three-night voyage on the Yangtze River, learn about the river’s role in Chinese history.
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Chinese Religions, Philosophy, and Character; Hongying Yang
Professor Yang Hongying is an expert in the study of foreign language and linguistics at Xi'an International Studies University, where she leads courses in Chinese culture and international studies. She has received numerous teaching awards, and also has received advanced degrees in cultural heritage studies from the Institute of European Studies in Macau, and in education from the University of New South Wales in Australia. Yang has published numerous papers on museum text translations and international culture studies, and has given lectures on Chinese culture and heritage in China, Macau, and Singapore. She has worked with and taught Road Scholar groups for more than 10 years.
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Chinese Religions, Philosophy, and Character; Hongying Yang
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