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Tours and Field Studies for Chengdu, China

USAC encourages every student to participate in these tours/field studies; however, they are optional and have an additional fee. You will sign up for the tour or register for the field study on your course and tour selection form. The fee includes bus transportation, a boat ride, guides, meals, room, and entrance fees to parks. Offerings vary from semester to semester and summer session to summer session; common destinations follow below. Check the calendar and course listings for your specific term to determine what is being offered.

Huangguoshu waterfalls

Huangguoshu waterfalls

Minority Culture Field Study (summer only)

China is a country with many ethnic minority groups, many of whom live and maintain their traditions near Chengdu making it the ideal place to discover these unique cultures. Explore some of these rare and ancient cultures that still exist, while enjoying some of the most stunning scenery in China on this 10-day field study course. Starting in the area around Guiyang, you'll first encounter the Buyi/Bouyei People, one of the oldest ethnic groups in China. Zhenning Buyi Minority Village is a small village close to the city, which will enable us to see and experience in stark contrast the changes in culture and society. We'll visit the Minority Ecology Museum and be able to see their unique slate housing and arts that include distinctive wax-dying and needlework. We'll also visit the nearby Huangguoshu Waterfall, the biggest waterfall in China at 255 feet high.

Miao musicians

Miao musicians

In Tianlong Tunpu, we will visit the people who are descendants of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and their unique culture; having been secluded for so many years, they have be able to stay extremely close to their ancestors' traditions. A visit here really will be a peek back 500 years. Leishan will feature a visit to Langde to get acquainted with the Miao people, an agricultural group known for very colorful festivals. Then on to Rongjiang to visit the Sanbao Dong Village, the biggest village in China for the Dong people (descendants of the Yue people) who are famous for their weaving, farming, and architecture, especially drum towers and bridges that were built without any nails. Our last stop in Yangshuo will be a chance to further enjoy the beautiful mountain peaks, rivers, and countryside of the region in a clean, pollution-free town with shops and cafes.

Xi'an Field Study

Xi'an is the capital city of Shanxi Province. It is full of historical ruins and cultural relics and it was the eastern terminus of the Silk Road. The tour includes a visit to the famous Terracotta Soldiers, tomb of Emperor Gaozng, and the Huaqing Hot Springs. You must enroll in the 1-credit field study course to participate.

The Forbidden City was the home of emperors and their families for almost half a millenium.

The Forbidden City was the home of emperors and their ...

Beijing Tour

USAC arranges the Beijing Tour for you to explore the many historical and modern sites of Beijing. This gives you a great opportunity to get know everyone in the program and get a headstart on making friends by sharing this unique and interesting experience together. We will visit the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square and more. You will also have time to explore the narrow streets of the Old Quarter Hutongs and discover the many wonderful shopping options. The immensity of Beijing, you will realize, is overwhelming; it is a mind-blowing 6,487 square miles!

Shanghai Tour

The tour will start by taking you around this famous gateway between the east and the west, a city which was returned to China by the British government in 1997. Then you will cross the Pearl River to Macau, a growing tourist destination that was once a territory of Portugal and also includes a mix or Chinese and Portuguese characteristics. If you choose to participate in this optional tour, you will fly into Shanghai. The Resident Director will make flight reservations for the tour group to fly together to Chengdu at the conclusion of the tour.