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. The fee includes bus transportation, a boat ride, guides, meals, room, and entrance fees to parks. Destinations may change at the discretion of the Resident Director.
The following are possible destinations, view term calendars for specifics.
Visit the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, and Ming Tombs. You will also have time to explore the narrow streets of the Old Quarter Hutongs and discover the many wonderful shopping options. You will realize the immensity of Beijing—it's a mind-blowing 6,487 square miles!
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.
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.
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.
Guizhou Field Study
You must be registered in the one-credit field study course to particpate. This course will focus on the Miao, Dong, Yao, and Shui minorities. You will receive a brief introduction to their histories, but will focus on the cultural, social, and economical aspects of these groups. As a field study participant, you will complete academic requirements such as writing a reserach paper, keeping a journal, and engaging in discussions of hte sites visited to better understand their historical and cultural contexts.