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

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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Program No. 22555RJ
10 days
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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 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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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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.

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

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China Reading and Film List
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An annotated reading and film list is an attachment near the end of the First Information Packet sent to participants three months before departure. To receive it earlier in a separate email, send email request to Chinese American Educational Exchange: toc@ix.netcom.com

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