As the oldest civilization and fastest growing economy, China is a land of mystery, promise and attraction, and it is changing our world.
This travel-and-study-in-China program, with tours to five renowned cities and multiple course offerings, provides unique opportunities for students to expand their knowledge of Chinese culture, language, history, business and economic developments.
It is designed to help students to gain first-hand experience about Chinese culture through a combination of class meetings, seminars, and field trips to many places of historic interest and cultural importance.
The five famous Chinese cities students will visit are:
Beijing -- China’s national capital, in North China.
Xi’an -- capital of 10 Chinese dynasties, starting point of the ancient over-land Silk Road, in West China.
Nanjing -- China’s ancient capital, on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, in Southeast China.
Suzhou -- famous scenic city well-known for its exquisite gardens and water towns acclaimed as Oriental Venice, west of Shanghai.
Shanghai -- China’s leading metropolis & financial center, in East China.
Students will experience wide geographic differences and varied regional customs & cuisines, while learning about the uniqueness of China’s cultural renewal and modernization process. In addition, we also help organize side trips to Hong Kong, Tibet, Yangzhou, & Yellow Mountain (most beautiful mountain in the world).
The program’s itinerary is closely related to the courses students study, and it is managed by professional travel agencies.
In each of the cities (esp. in Nanjing), if we want to, we also can visit colleges and universities, but we do not stay in student dorms as conditions in campus dorms are not what we want to have. The travel agencies always pick very nice business hotels for our group, hotels that provide excellent service, tasty meals and the comfort you will appreciate.
It is a faculty-led program, offered every Summer I (June) & Winter Intersession (January) and open to all CUNY campuses and to any other U.S. colleges.
Enjoy our Stay in Nanjing
The program starts with tours in Beijing and Xi’an. After the first two cities, we arrive in Nanjing where to stay for about 2 weeks (for more in-depth explorations, class sessions and side trips to Hong Kong, etc.). Then we continue with tours to Suzhou & Shanghai. After Shanghai, students fly back home.
As capital of 10 ancient dynasties, Nanjing is a famous historic city by the Yangtze River, and a charming modern metropolis, with dozens of colleges and universities. It is only one hour to Shanghai by high-speed train.
According to New York Times, a rising Nanjing now also thrives on youth and art.
In Nanjing, we often will be using the city's modern subway system (with each ride for about US$0.50), which offers easy access to the downtown area, the picturesque Xuanwu Lake-Park, shopping districts, with many restaurants, coffee houses, bookstores, museums, supermarkets, shopping malls, theatres, nightclubs, etc. The hotel provides all necessary conveniences (AC in summer, heat in winter, laundry service, international calls, & free WiFi). It is in the vicinity of several prestigious universities.
Nanjing adds a lot of leverage to the content of our courses. Students can visit many historic sites in the city and build connections with assigned readings: the Confucius Temple, Buddhist monastery, the Daoist temple, Imperial Examination Center, Presidential Palace, Nanjing Museum, the tomb of the Ming emperor, Museum of Taiping Kingdom of Heavenly Peace, etc.
The city also occupies an important position in modern Chinese history: it was the starting point of the maritime Silk Road, and the capital of the Nationalist government before the Communists took over in 1949. As center of the most affluent province, Nanjing serves as a window to China’s miraculous economic takeoff and on-going modernization.