Instructional Design: This program is made of three parts: Chinese history and traditional culture, contemporary China and culture, and language enhancement. Each part of the study is completed through both guided practice and enrichment activities. Each week, a seminar is designed to encourage students to practice and summarize what they learn in the week and improve their Chinese skills. Every five students will have a language partner to facilitate timely communication and improve Chinese language proficiency.
Highlights of the program:
1) The superb teaching quality and learning environment provided by the best Chinese language department in China;
2) The program is composed of Chinese language learning, cultural lectures & activities, excursions & visits, volunteering opportunities to provide a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of Chinese culture;
3) Located within the Third Ring Road in the center of Beijing, the campus is beautiful and safe, and is very convenient to go to various cultural and entertainment hotspots in Beijing;
4) Undergraduate students of the Chinese language department serve as language partners during the course of the program and can provide the most authentic, fun and interactive language learning experience;
5) In the evening, there will be a lot of extracurricular activities such as Beijing Opera performances, night tour Beijing Houhai, and Beijing Music Bar Party.
Students will stay in a hotel that is within walking distance to the school. The hotel room is a twin standard room. Students will use a meal card and order meals on their own in the school cafeteria. They will get to experience the lifestyle of Chinese students.
Beijing Normal University (BNU, simplified Chinese: 北京师范大学; traditional Chinese: 北京師範大學; pinyin: Běijīng Shīfàn Dàxué), colloquially known as 北师大 or Beishida, is a public research university located in Beijing, China, with a strong emphasis on basic disciplines of the humanities and sciences. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in China and was recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education as a Class A Double First Class University.https://english.bnu.edu.cn/
Jingshi International Academy Exchange Center is invested and managed by Beijing Normal University. It is designed as a five-star comprehensive service center. There are convention centers, office, luxury apartments, guest rooms, and restaurants.https://www.ciae.bnu.edu.cn/english/index.html
Begin your journey by boarding Air China CA 986 for Beijing with the group.
Arrive in Beijing, China, check-in hotel.
One day field trip to Mutianyu Great Wall is located in Huairou district, Beijing. To the west of Mutianyu is Juyongguan Great Wall, while to the north is Gubeikou. Since ancient times, this has been a location with military significance and has defended Beijing from attack. Mutianyu Great Wall is principally built on the edge of a steep hill, using the hillside as an advantage. The height of the Great Wall reaches seven to eight meters and the width reaches four to five meters. The main building material is granite, making the structure both majestic and solid. There are many towers on the Mutianyu section.
One day field trip to the Summer Palace.
Situated in the Haidian District northwest of Beijing, the Summer Palace is a Unesco World Heritage site that used to be the palace and garden of the emperors of the Qing Dynasty. It is the largest and most well preserved royal park in China. Construction of the palace began in 1750 and it served as a residential and entertainment area for the royal members. The palace underwent two major reconstructions after suffering damages during invasions by the Anglo-French Allied Forces and the Eight-Power Allied Forces during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Summer Palace can be divided into three sectors: a political activity area centered at the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity; an empress living area concentrated around the Hall of Jade Billows and Hall of Joy and Longevity; and a tour route concentrated along the long corridor, rear hill, and the west sector.
One day field trip to Tianjin, it is a city with a rich urban atmosphere. It is also a famous historical city where western and eastern culture meet and mingle. In Tianjin, you can visit the elegant Wuda Avenue and take a gander at the numerous western-style villas. It gives people a sense of being overseas. However, when you come the Ancient Culture Street near the Haihe River, you will truly experience traditional Chinese culture. How about getting to know Tianjin even better? In that case, take a seat onboard one of the Haihe River tourist boats. From the water, you can appreciate the beautiful scenery of the river banks. Try local specialties like “goubuli” steamed buns or “jianbing”. Don’t forget to grab some “damahua” twisted dough sticks to take home as souvenirs to give your friends a taste of Tianjin.
One day field trip to Chengde Mountain Resort, its construction of the resort began in 1703 and took 89 years to complete, spanning the reigns of the Qing emperors Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong. This was the second political center apart from Beijing during the Qing dynasty. The mountain resort is divided into four major areas. On the south side are the palace and lake areas, and on the north side are the mountain and grassland areas. The palace and lake areas house the essence of the mountain resort. The lake area contains many examples of architecture from China’s Jiangnan region just south of the Yangtze River. These are a result of the love the emperors Kangxi and Qianlong had for the Jiangnan scenery.
Qiao Family Courtyard, also known as “Central Courtyard”, is located in the middle of Qiaojiabao Village, Jixian County. It was the residence of Qiao Zhiyang, a famous commercial and financial capitalist, during the Qing Dynasty. It was also the filming location of more than 30 film and television works, such as “Qiao Family Courtyard” and “Raise The Red Lantern”. If you have seen these movies, then you must be familiar with the scenes here: rows of high-hanging red lanterns, high brick walls, exquisite carvings, beautiful arched cornices and deep lanes, this is the famous Qiao Family Courtyard. In addition, there are three treasures in the Qiao Family Courtyard: the Ten Thousand Balls, the Rhinoceros Moon Mirror and the Kowloon Light, that are also worth a look.
The Pingyao Ancient City is one of the most well-preserved ancient cities in China and a world cultural heritage site. It used to be China’s financial center in the late Qing Dynasty. Now, the streets, shops, and houses in the ancient city still maintain its traditional layout and style. When you enter this once prosperous ancient city, you will be readily brought back to the period when Shanxi’s merchant culture was at its peak. With regards to food, the beef of Pingyao is also well-renowned. Towards the end of the Qing Dynasty when Empress Dowager Cixi passed by the ancient city, she loved eating Pingyao beef.
Kaifeng is located in eastern Henan. It is one of China’s seven great ancient capitals and a famous historic city. Early during the Northern Song Dynasty, this was the economic, cultural and legal center of China. Today it has become known as a bustling international metropolis. The famous scroll painting “Along the River During Qingming Festival” showcases the glory of Kaifeng during its era as the eastern capital of China. The current city of Kaifeng still has an ineffable air of antiquity. When searching for the ancient capital among the ruins and broken tiles, it is easy to find yourself imagining the incredible prosperity the city must have had at the time “Along the River During Qingming Festival” was painted. “Along the River” is far from being the only painting Kaifeng is famous for. The city has also been home over the years to many calligraphers and painters and is known as a city of refined culture and entertainment. To stroll among the various local academies and theaters is a unique experience in and of itself.
The Qingming Riverside Landscape Park is a cultural theme park mimicking the famous painting “Along the River During the Qingming Festival” by Zhang Zeduan in the Song Dynasty. The park brings to life the bustling Bianjing city, capital of the Northern Song Dynasty, and you can see replicas of the famous buildings of that city, including restaurants, tea houses, and pawn shops, among other civilian living facilities. The staff in the garden are all dressed in Song Dynasty clothes and you can experience the fun of Song Dynasty games. Every day, there are many cultural performances, such as “Baogong patrolling the Jinghe River” and “Wangyuan marrying off her daughter”, showcasing the interesting folk traditions of that period.
Luoyang is one of the birthplaces of Chinese civilization. This place is home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Longmen Grottoes and the Buddhist White Horse Temple, which, according to tradition, was the first Buddhist temple established in China. There is also the beautiful Luoyang Peony Garden. If you want to explore Luoyang’s mysterious history and culture, you can go to the Longmen Grottoes. These are one of China’s four great Buddhist grottoes. Pay respects to the statue of the Vairocana Buddha, which was carved to resemble Empress Wu Zetian—China’s first and only female emperor. Afterward, go to White Horse Temple where you can see the Yuan Dynasty-era lacquered statues and precious monuments. The Luoyang Ruins of Sui and Tang Dynasty site has scenes from Empress Wu Zetian’s life, including both political and religious aspects. If you really enjoy going to museums, Luoyang has a number of excellent ones, including the Tianzi Jialiu Museum, the Luoyang Museum, and the Luoyang Ancient Art Museum. Once night falls, consider strolling through the bustling streets of old Luoyang.
Shaolin Temple is not only the holy place of the Buddhist “Zen” but also the sacred place of the world martial arts. They all said that “the martial arts in the world are born in Shaolin.” Not to mention the local people who have been influenced by Shaolin Kungfu since childhood, many other foreign visitors will also want to visit the Shaolin Temple. Try mimicking a few classic martial arts moves at the Shaolin Temple, and imagine a flurry of swords and the shadows come to life in front of you.
One of the four major grottoes of China and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Longmen Grottoes is a trove of 1000 years of Buddhist art treasures. Bounded by the Yi River, the caverns are divided into two sections at East Hill and West Hill. The caverns at East Hill contain mostly Tang dynasty (618-907) works, while the caverns at West Hill were cut out during the Northern, Sui, and Tang dynasties and contain the carvings that are most representative of the site. The Buddha and bodhisattva sculptures that inhabit the caverns are carved into an endless variety of poses and expressions of mercy and kindness, while the caves themselves lend a stately and dignified atmosphere. The artistry of these sculptures is truly a priceless inheritance of Buddhist art.
Xi’an City is one of the world’s four great ancient cities, being most famous for its role as the starting point of the Silk Road. In the past, it was previously known as Chang’an. Familiar to every Chinese person, this is a name that evokes a sense of pride. Xi’an is widely regarded as the greatest city in Chinese history. During imperial dynasties such as the Zhou, Qin, Han, and Tang, this was the nation’s capital city. The Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor sits quietly on the outskirts of town waiting to welcome visitors. Big Wild Goose Pagoda offers adventure for travelers in search of traces left behind by monk Xuanzang. The towering heights of the city walls have 600 legends and stories to tell. Xi’an City’s local delicacies are a must-try. There are many different types of food, all of which are completely suffused with the characteristics of northwestern China.
The Huaqing Palace on the outskirts of Xi’an has been a hot spring bathing resort since ancient times and was also where the Xi’an Incident took place. During Emperor Xuanzong’s reign in the Tang Dynasty, it was a bathing place for the royal family and court ministers. Now, you can visit the royal pools of Tang Xuanzong and Yang Guifei, named Lotus Pool and Haitang Pool respectively. In 1936, the Xi’an Incident took place and changed China’s destiny. In the southern part of the scenic spot, the “five halls” of Chiang Kai-shek’s old residential site was preserved intact, and the bullet marks of the fierce battle are still left on the walls.
The Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses, also known as the Terracotta Army, is located about 1.5 kilometers east of the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor and forms part of the extensive necropolis. There were more than a thousand terracotta soldiers unearthed here, each with a different facial expression. Standing before the massive underground army, you will feel the extraordinary might of the Qin Emperor that enabled him to unify six warring states two thousand years ago. The Qin Emperor Ying Zheng began building the mausoleum for himself at the age of 13. Nearly 720000 men and 38 years were required to complete this vast project.
China High-Speed Train (Bullet Train) China high-speed trains, also known as bullet or fast trains, can reach a top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph). … Beijing-Shanghai high-speed train link the two megacities 1,318 km (819 mi) away in just 4.5 hours.
Tiananmen Square is located on the central axis of Beijing. It is the central square of the People’s Republic of China. Many national symbols such as the Tiananmen Tower, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, and the People’s Heroes Monument are located here. Tiananmen Square is a symbolic location used by the country for important ceremonies, grand gatherings and welcoming foreign dignitaries. Since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Tiananmen Square has held many military parades and served as a witness to the rise and prosperity of the Chinese nation. Every morning, the flag-raising ceremony at Tiananmen Square attracts many tourists.
A vast majority of tourists who visit Beijing for the first time, consider the Forbidden City as a place they must see. The Forbidden City, known as GU Gong in Mandarin, once served as the imperial palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is a symbol of ancient China. Although it is no longer China’s political center, you can still feel its former glory once you are within the courtyard and surrounded by the high walls. Its long history has left behind a large amount of precious architecture and cultural relics, making it one of the most important cultural heritage in modern China.
If you are interested in Chinese history and art and have a desire to discover something special apart from the ordinary commodities, Panjiayuan Antiques Market can make you satisfied. Panjiayuan is a large-scale flea market, which operates a variety of cultural relics, paintings, porcelain, etc. There are more than 3,000 booths. Many provinces and cities across the country have booths here, and many ethnic minorities operate their own products here. There are a large variety of commodities, and it attracts a large number of Chinese and foreign tourists every day. Panjiayuan has become a carrier of regional culture and has become a characteristic cultural symbol.
Founded in 1898, Peking University is a famous Chinese university and a place where many students dream of studying. The campus has a long history and there are many ancient buildings, such as Weiming Lake and Boya Tower. They are surrounded by trees and the environment is very beautiful. Strolling through the famous buildings such as the library and the Centennial Hall, you can feel the rich cultural atmosphere of this century-old university. Peking University campus is also known as the Yan Garden. The north side of the campus was once the site of Yanjing University and is the location of the royal garden.
End your journey by boarding Air China CA 985 for San Francisco with the group.
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