Shanghai, China
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Field Trips for Shanghai, China

You are encouraged to participate in the included program field trips. In addition to the including program field trips, you'll also have field trips as part of many of your courses and have numerous informal activities that expose you to the local culture as well.

Dates and destinations may change at the discretion of the Resident Director. Destinations vary from semester to semester and summer session to summer session; examples follow below.

Shanghai City Tour

Visit the most famous places in the city such as the Bund, the Pearl Tower, Yu Garden and Bazaar, and the Shanghai History Museum where you will get a sense of Shanghai’s past, present, and future.

Hangzhou

Located southwest of Shanghai, Hangzhou served as China’s capital during the Southern Song Dynasty. The islets, temples, pavilions, gardens, causeways and arched bridges of jade-like West Lake are the supreme example of lakeside beauty in China.

Nanjing

Nanjing lies on the south bank of the Yangtze River and is the capital city of Jiangsu Province. Nanjing’s history traces back to 472 BC and in the following centuries Nanjing served as the capital city of several dynasties. On this trip, we will visit the mausoleum of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang, the Confucius temple, the mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen and more.

Suzhou

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Suzhou’s interlocking canals, nine classic gardens and embroidery and silk factories are the chief surviving elements of a cultural capital that once dominated China’s artistic scene.

Water Villages of the Yangtze River Delta—Xitang

Located on the canal between Hangzhou and Beijing, Xitang people still live in their centuries-old houses on the water, practicing ancient customs. Arched roofs, lofty gables, stone bridges, and green willows lining the banks can be found almost everywhere in town. In 2005 Paramount Pictures shot the canal scenes for Mission Impossible III in this water village.