Women in the City: Beijing, Xi’an & Shanghai

Discover the best of China as you enjoy a week exploring its capital cities with empowering women. Take in the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, and talk with students and families.
Program No. 24042RJ
10 days
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At a Glance

: In the 15th century, the Temple of Heaven was built in Beijing to represent the connection between heaven and earth. As you walk through China’s oldest cities, feel a unique connection to these spiritual lands on a learning adventure for women. Explore China’s past and present by entering tombs guarded by thousands of terra cotta warriors, or dive into local culture by traversing through traditional gardens with pavilions and fountains. Get inspired as you and your fellow women trace this country’s history through its dynasties, and meet 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” on this learning adventure just for women.
  • Meet faculty members and students at the International Studies University to discuss student life, philosophy and Chinese customs.
  • Ride a bullet train and journey 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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Bin Zhao
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