China

China’s Capital Cities: Beijing, Xi’an & Shanghai

Program No. 22555RJ
Encounter the best of China as you enjoy a week exploring its capital cities. Take in the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, and talk with students and families.

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At a Glance

As the world’s most populous country and one of the oldest civilizations known to man, it’s no wonder that China’s most influential cities each tell a unique and important part of its history. Explore Beijing with its past and present Imperial history, learn about the importance of the Silk Road in the former capital of Xi’an and consider the global influence of the modern, cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. Trace China’s history through dynasties and regions, while meeting local residents and students who share their stories of modern city life.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to three miles a day; stairs; optional tai ji sessions.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

What You'll Learn

  • Walk the Great Wall, enter the Forbidden City and lunch with a courtyard family in “Old Beijing.”
  • Meet faculty members and students at the International Studies University to discuss student life, philosophy and Chinese customs.
  • Ride a bullet train and travel through the north China countryside to Xi’an where you encounter an astounding terra cotta army near a Qin Emperor’s tomb.
Featured Expert
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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.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Hongying Yang View biography
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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Bin Zhao grew up near Beijing where he became interested in global travel. Bin studied English at Hebei University and received his M.B.A. in the U.S. He has lived and worked in the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong and Australia, and currently resides in his hometown with his family. Bin is also a computer expert who enjoys being a global citizen and experiencing the diversity of various cultures. He has led Road Scholar programs throughout China for over five years.
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Baoyun Zhang View biography
Zhang Baoyun is a native of the ancient city of Xi'an. A graduate of Xi'an International Studies University where she majored in English, Baoyun has worked as a travel educator and coordinator for Road Scholar programs throughout China. Baoyun has also traveled extensively in much of Europe, Asia, and Australia. Though loving travel and meeting new people, a special joy is reading history and spending the time in between with her family in Xi’an.
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