Tours and Field Studies for Shanghai, China
USAC encourages every student to participate in these tours; 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. This fee includes bus transportation, boat ride, guide, breakfast, lunch, dinner, 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.
USAC arranges the Beijing tour for you to explore the many historical and modern sites of Beijing. 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 discover, is overwhelming. In size alone, it is larger than all of Switzerland, and it takes more than three hours to drive from one side of the city to the other. The Resident Director will make one-way flight and train reservations (included in the tour fees) for travel between Beijing and Shanghai. For students attending both summer sessions, the cost of the additional one-way ticket back to Shanghai will be added to your USAC balance.
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. Enrollment in the 1-credit field study course is necessary to participate on the tour itself.
Chengdu & Guizhou Minority Tour
Starting in Chengdu, which is centrally situated in western China, is known for its leisure lifestyle. Tea, Mahjong, food and parks are the necessities in day-to-day life. The world precious giant panda finds the ideal home in this area. Heading southeast from Chengdu, the beautiful mountains are the perfect retreat for some of the rare minorities and cultures in the world. The tour brings you on this unique journey to explore China. Your accommodation throughout the tour will be included, along with transportation around the two cities and entrance fees to all sites. If you choose to participate in this optional tour, you will fly into Chengdu. The Resident Director will make flight reservations for the tour group to fly together to Shanghai at the conclusion of the tour.