For 32 days, students will study the Chinese language and culture not only in a traditional classroom but also see, hear and touch the famous places in China.
Students start off their journey by learning Chinese language and culture at BeiHang University in Beijing. Beijing is considered the nation's political, economic, cultural and educational center as well as being the heart for international trade and communications. Therefore, Beijing serves as the optimal environment for the study of Mandarin Chinese.
Chinese language classes:
Each weekday for three hours, students will take intensive Chinese language classes which are taught by the professors of BeiHang University. There will be three levels of language classes depending on the student's request or ability of the Chinese language. The classes offer lectures on the Chinese language as well as instruction on written and oral communication. Students will be graded based on test results, completion of assignments and attendance. After the 3 weeks of classes and lectures, graduation ceremony will conclude with a Peking duck dinner. Students will receive their certificate of completion while honor students will obtain an award.
- Chinese painting: Classes introduce elements of the traditional art of Chinese watercolor painting under the guidance of a professional artist.
Chinese calligraphy: Classes introduce the various calligraphy styles and features, participants then focus on perfecting one style of this ancient art form.
Chinese martial arts: The curriculum will teach students the basic forms and routines of Chinese contemporary Wushu.
Meet with Chinese students: Activities with Chinese students and native speakers are held throughout the program in order to facilitate the use of Chinese and encourage cultural and social exchange. Activities may include: basketball, bowling nights, karaoke nights, movie nights and more.
Evening activities: In the evening, group outings will take place to see various shows and performances such as Peking Opera, acrobatics, Laoshe Teahouse, Chinese movies, Karaoke and etc.
- Weekend excursions:
On weekends, students will tour the famous and historical sights in or surrounding Beijing for the entire day. Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Beijing Zoo, Temple of Heaven, Wangfujing Street, the Hutong Tour and a local farm are some places the students will visit.
There will be a 3 day weekend trip to Inner Mongolia grasslands and students will be able to experience the nomadic lifestyle of Mongolians by living in a yurt. The trip will end by visiting Hohhot City, the capital of Inner Mongolia for a Mongolian hot pot dinner.
Zhengzhou / Luoyang
The journey will continue on to Zhengzhou where students will visit the Yellow River and Shaolin Temple. Students will be treated to a performance of martial arts by the Shaolin Monks. The second day students will visit Luoyang and the world famous Longmen Grottoes, one of the most amazing collection of Buddhist carvings in China.
After Zhengzhou, a train ride to Xi’an brings the students to Xi’an
International Studies University. The university will be our host for the next 3 days. Xi’an is one city with an abundant amount of culture and flavor. Students will visit the Banpo Neolithic Village Museum, where remains of this village were inhabited from about 4500 B.C. to 3750 B.C. Next comes one of the wonders of the world, the Terracotta Warriors. Students will be thrilled looking at the massive collection of life sized warriors designed and made for Emperor Qin Shi Huang of the Qin dynasty. Students will also watch a historical movie depicting the history of the Terracotta Warriors and how it was discovered. The next day, students will tour Huaqing Hot Springs, with Tang style bath houses and modern palaces built 3,000 years ago. The Tang Emperor Xuanzong often spent the winter here in the company of his favorite concubine, Yang Guifei, one of the four beauties in Chinese history. Students will also have a visit to one of the last relics of ancient China, the Xi’an city wall, which is one of the few city walls left in China. The wall completely surrounds the downtown area and stands 12 meters high (40 feet) covers 14 kilometers (8.5 miles) long. The day doesn’t end at the wall; students will then enjoy a feast of dumplings at the Dumpling Banquet. Over 30 different styles of dumplings will be presented and eaten. After the banquet, students will enjoy a traditional 1 hour Tang dynasty performance.
For the final leg of the trip, students will board a flight from Xi’an to Shanghai. At Shanghai students will visit the world’s third tallest TV tower, the Oriental Pearl Tower. Another stop is the Yuyuan
Garden, a well-restored Suzhou-style garden created during
the Ming Dynasty. The garden is immensely popular with local
residents and visiting Chinese. The Bund and Nanjing road
will cater to the student’s final shopping urges in China. A
short day trip to Hangzhou by train will greet the students
with the famous West Lake and also take an adventurous raft
down the Shuangxi River. Students will return to Shanghai to prepare to say their
goodbyes and conclude the China Quest summer program.