Welcome to China, now let's go travel. Staying in the Beijing, let alone the classroom, will not even begin to show you the real China, so we'll get you out on the road for a two week excursion, that is mandatory for all students to attend.
The Silk Road (Fall Semester)
The Silk Road excursion traces a 2,050 mile section of the ancient international trade route between Europe and China. You will spend 16 days traveling to six different sites. Exploring the western-most reaches of China, spending time with Tibetan monks on the grasslands in Gansu Province, and camping with Kazak nomads are just a few of the highlights along the way. You will even have the opportunity to camp overnight, ride a camel, and watch the sunrise in the Gobi Desert. In addition, you will be required to deliver a brief presentation on a topic of interest along the trip to further deepen cultural understanding.
(Optional Fall Break trip)
South-west to Beijing, Shanxi province offers a unique topography and a rich historic heritage. You will encounter the natural beauties of the Loess Plateau, hike in the majestic grand canyon of Mount Taihang and spend an overnight in local villages. You will visit great old mansions built by the wealthy Shanxi merchants of the past and spend days indulging in the artistic treasures in the World Heritage old town of Pingyao.
- Village stay in the Loess Plateau
- Shanxi merchant mansions
- Pingyao old town
- Hike in the Taihang Grand Canyon
Yunnan Province (Spring Semester)
For 16 days you will have the opportunity to live, learn, and share the rich and diverse cultures of China’s ethnic minorities. You will have the rare opportunity to participate in home-stays in various villages, hike on the Tibetan plateau, and explore a tropical rainforest. In addition, you will celebrate the Chinese Spring Festival (the Chinese New Year) in Dali with the Bai people, and enjoy the tropical climate of Xishuangbanna where you will stay in the villages of the Dai people.
(Optional Spring Break Trip)
Surrounding Beijing, Hebei province boasts diverse cultural and natural attractions. You will visit the royal monasteries in Chengde as well as the Shanhaiguan Fortress, and you will also spend leisure time hiking on the wild Great Wall and relaxing at the beaches in Beidaihe.
- Chengde’s Royal Monastery
- Shanhaiguan Fortress (the Eastern end of Great Wall where it meets the sea)
- Hiking Gubeikou Wild Great Wall
- Beidaihe Beach