Shanghai and Beijing
DATES: Tentative Dates May 9 - May 29, 2017
Total Program Fee: $TBA
The Chinese civilization dates back over 5,000 years and is a rich, complex, and vibrant culture made up of several different languages, regions, and cultural relationships. China is a destination that abounds with opportunity for exploration - from its bright, elegantly modern financial districts, to its ancient, incense laden temples, and to the over four thousand unique dishes indigenous to the region.Today China is booming – giant monolithic buildings tower over tiny medieval hutongs. Exploring China today is a unique opportunity to see a country poised between economic developments and becoming an economic powerhouse.
The TnCIS China 2016 program will start in Shanghai, the most dynamic and international city in China, with a population of over 23 million people. Shanghai is a brightly lit, colorful city growing at breakneck speed. It is also a city where you can visit an ancient temple framed by towering modern skyscrapers, visit world class museums, and where you can sample not only the best Shanghai cuisine, but excellent cuisine from all over Asia, and, indeed, the world.
The program then plans to travel to Nanjing, the southern capital of China, which served as the country’s main capital for several dynasties throughout history, as well as most recently the capital of the Kuomintang (1927 to 1949). Here we may visit the Ming tombs, an imperial palace, the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall, and the mausoleum of Sun Yat-Sen. From Nanjing we plan to visit Qufu, the historical heart of China, where we hope to visit the Confucius temple, the family home of Confucius, and the cemetery of Confucius.
The program will conclude in Beijing, the capital city of China, which presents a very different picture of contemporary Chinese culture. Students may walk on The Great Wall of China, stand in Tiananmen Square, visit the Forbidden City, and feast on Peking Duck, or, for the more adventurous eaters among us, deep fried scorpions or tarantulas at the Wang Fujing Snack Market.
This program will provide the foundation to understanding the people, history, culture and government of a civilization more than 5,000 years old. Students may be partnered with local Chinese students to participate in various academic and cultural activities. Students have the option of studyingWorld History, Sociology, English Composition, English Literature, and Film. Each of these courses will integrate the fascinating surroundings of China, and provide a chance to explore China’s history in greater depth.
Please note: Prospective students should be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk several miles a day. You may also walk over uneven, possibly slippery or rocky terrain even in cities. The air quality in China may be a challenge for individuals sensitive to industrial pollution and dust.
Excursions may include: In Shanghai students may explore the city with local Chinese students, and get a chance to utilize the excellent public transportation options the city has to offer. Possible excursions sites include the Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Historical Museum, Shanghai Xintiandi (New Heaven and Earth, modern shopping, and restaurant areas renovated from traditional Chinese residential buildings), Old Shanghai City and YU garden, French Concessions (historical remains of international invasion), The Bund (the museum of international architecture with some of the most spectacular sights in China), temples, and ordinary local residences, etc. In Nanjing, we may visit the Ming palace, the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall, and in Qufu we may get the chance to visit the Confucius Temple as well as Confucius's ancestral home. In Beijing, students may visit the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the National History Museum, and the zoo, home of China’s beloved pandas.
Classes: Classes will be held up to three hours per day, though class times may vary.
Accommodations: Students will be staying in student housing or hostels. Two meals per day will be provided.