Education, Society and Culture in China
An exploration of the educational system at all levels,
with a special excursion to Hong Kong
Departure Date: May 17, 2011-May 31, 2011
Explore the history of education in China, from the quest for economic modernization to the growing
financial struggles among students. Visit a primary and secondary school and a university to see what
the Chinese educational model is like.
Explore the imporance of culture in Chinese education and in everyday life.
Also visit some of the most sacred sites in China, including the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the grand
Jade Buddha Temple, along with the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors and more.
Day 1-May 17th
Overnight Flight to China
Day 2-May 18th
Arrival in Beijing
It was in this city that Chairman Mao proclaimed the People's Republic of China in 1949.
We will meet our tour director and check in to the hotel.
Day 3-May 19th
Guided Sightseeing of Beijing
Meet your local guide for a tour of the city. Beijing means "Northern Capital."
See Tiananmen Square ( the Gate of Heavenly Peace), the largest public square in the world.
Visit the Forbidden City (Gugong), accessible only to members of the imperial court until 1949.
See the Imperial Palance and more.
High School Visit
Visit a Tea House
Learn about the importance of tea in the Chinese culture. Not only for refreshment,
chinese tea holds a place in medicine, art and literature. Experience the custom and
culture surrounding this ancient pastime.
Day 4-May 20th
Excursion to Badaling and the Great Wall of China
Travel to Badalint to view one of the wonders of the world: the Great Wall of China.
The Wall's construction began in the 5th century B.C. as a defense against the Mongols:
300,000 people labored on the wall for several centuries. the wall extends more than 3,000 miles.
Rickshaw Tour of Hutongs
Visit an ancient city alley or lane, typical in Beijing. These small lanes and alleyways
still provide access to dwellings for half the total urban population.
Optional Kung Fu Show
Attend this dance spectacular. A mixture of kuing fu, dance and acrobatics, this
show combines ornate costumes, vibrant set design and gravity-defying
moves sure to impress you.
Day 5-May 21st
Visit a Local School
Visit a local high school and dialogue with students and faculty.
Compare and contrast China's education system to that of the U.S.
Peking Duck Dinner
During this special feast, learn about the ritual preparation and savory side
dishes that accompany this regional specialty.
Day 6-May 22nd
Take flight to Xi'an (pronounced Shi-ahn), one of China's most extrardinary cities.
Xi'an was once the largest city in the world and the capital of 11 dynasties.
Visit to the Shaanxi Provincial Museum
See artifacts from the Han and Tang dynasties.
This museum is build on the site of a former Confucian temple.
Visit to the Museum of the Terra-Cotta Army
Visit this museum with an amazing collection of figures discoverd by peasants
digging for water in 1974. The army's 8,099 painstakingly modeled, life-size
warriors and horses--of which no two are alike--were sculpted to protect the tomb
of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi, founder of the Qin Dynasty (221-206 B.C.)
and the first ruler to unify China.
View an informative film describing the excavation process.
Day 7-May 23rd
Xi'an - Guilin
Visit to a Local Primary School
Visit students and teachers at a local primary school.
Chinese students will be prepared to ask questions about American Education.
Guided Sightseeing of Xi'an
Follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo during this guided tour. Follow the Silk Road.
See the Wild Goose Pagoda, the 118 foot high Bell Tower
and the Great Mosque (one of China's oldest Muslim temples).
Flight to Guilin
Day 8-May 24th
Located in the northeast of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Guilin is
considered to be the pearl of China's thriving tourist industry on account of the
natural beauty and historic treasures. Covering an area of about 27,800 square kilometers
(10,734 square miles), the city is rather compact when compared with other leading
cities in the country. However, situated within this area one may find green mountains,
crystal clear waters, unique caves and beautiful stones.
Major attractions include Elephant Trunk Hill, Li River, Reed Flute Cave
and Seven-Star Park that boasts a Stone Museum where amazing
geological finds are displayed.
Li River Boat Cruise
Enjoy a river boat cruise.
Enjoy free time in Guilin to explore sites and places of your choosing.
Day 9-May 25th
Reed Flute Cave
This site is on almost all travel itineraries. The reeds growing here make flutes.
See geological formations of stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations
created by carbonate deposition. Here, you can get some reed flutes for yourself or
family and friends. Make sure you bargain with the vendors.
Interior Scenes of the Cave.
Flight to Shanghai
Fly to Shanghai (means "up from the sea.") This is one of the most important
ports in China. China's Communist Party and the
Cultural Revolution originated in Shanghai.
Day 10-May 26th
Guided Sightseeing Tour of Shanghai
Tour begins in the heart of the city with a visit to the Bund ("Wall Street of the East"
and largest base of Chinese industrial technology). See the Jade Buddha Temple with each Buddha scupleted from a single piece of white Jade from Burma.
Continue on the the Yu Garden, a showplace of classical Chinese landscaping dating back to 1537.
The Chinese consider gardening a complex art form, in which they construct
an entire world in miniature, using minerals, plants and animals in a limited space.
Visit to the Bund
See the Wall Street of the East.
Primary School Visit-Orient Peace
See the crafts and delicacies of this city in interesting shops on this road.
Jin Mao Tower
Enjoy city views from this Shanghai World Financial Tower,
China's tallest building and fifth tallest in the world.
See traditional Chinese acrobatics.
Day 11-May 27th
Attend a Lecture at a Local University
Visit with college students and faculty at a local university
and attend a lecture about China's higher education system.
University Visit & Lecture at
Visit a Foreign Language Training Center-Smart School Shanghai
See how a foreign language training center operates.
Day 12-May 28th
Shanghai to Hong Kong
Flight to Hong Kong
Hong Kong is China's Window on the World.
Hong Kong is an important financial center and former
British Crown Colony turned back over to China in 1997.
Day 13-May 29th
Guided Sightseeing Tour of Hong Kong
See Victoria Peak for a breathtaking view of the city, harbor and neighboring islands.
You will pass Happy Valley, the Royal Yacht Club, Repulse Bay (Hong Kong's popular beach)
and the world-famous Aberdeen Harbor, know for its floating restaurants.
See also Stanley Market, a traditional street market in Hong Kong.
Dim Sum Lunch
Dim Sum gives you the chance to try a diverse range of Chinese cuisine in small dishes.
Day 14-May 30th
Free Day in Hong Kong
Visit sites and places on your itinerary this day.
Optional Excursion to Lantau Island
Instead of a free day, you can opt to take a half-day trip to Lantau Island,
the largest island in Hong Kong. Begin with a visit to Po Lin Monastery, originally
constructed by thre Buddhists in 1924. Climb nearly 268 steps to reach the world's tallest,
outdoor, seated bronze Buddha. The Buddha is 75 feet tall and weighs more than 200 tons.
This Buddha was seen in the film Rush Hour II.
Take a stroll along Wisdom path, with a prayer carved into tree trunks.
Day 15-May 31st
A Passport and Visa is Required for this Trip
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(Must apply in person--cheaper ($140) and more expedient.)
(Do not have to leave Passport for long, if at all since we will apply in person.)
Please note: I will be taking students to the Embassy to apply for Visas. Please talk to me.
(Takes about 3 months, must also mail in passport.)
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Please apply at minimum of 90 days before travel.
Participants unable to obtain a visa may be subject to EFs standard cancellation fee.
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Study Abroad Requirements:
Study Abroad combines traditional and experiental learning in three phases: pre-tour, on-tour, and post-tour.
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For Non-Credit Students
Keeping a Daily Journal of Tour Activities and Sites
You are required to keep a journal of your travel activities, sites visited , lessons and history learned and reflections and questions. We will have discussions throughout the day as well as reflections during dinner. Visit the links below to learn more about journaling while traveling abroad.
Major Study Questions
"Chinese Education, Society and Culture"
In preparation for our pre-tour orientation meetings, write a brief one-two page paper on:
What you expect to learn on tour? and,
How you think your tour will contribute to your overall understanding of
education, society and culture in China.
Pre-Tour Online Study
Visit at least 5 online related learning links on the course website in preparation for the study abroad tour.
What did you learn about the educational system in China on each level?
Based on your observations combined with lectures from our tour guides and educators,describe what you found interesting about Chinese Society and culture.
Describe your individual study tour question and provide your response to it.
All tour members will answer the above questions and may designate an additional study
question of their choice around the study theme.
For additional study questions, students can choose one of six themes:
Education and Society;
Health and Wellbeing;
The Arts and Society;
Media and Communication;
Conservation and the Environment; or
Business, Technology and Globalization.
Study tour members are studying on-line and visiting links about the
places to be visited. Students can also sign up for course credit for this tour.
If you are not taking this course for credit, there will be several required half-day meetings in
late April to early May in preparation for study abroad. During the study tour you will keep a
journal and take photos for a photographic journal on your studies and experiences.
At dinner, we will spend some time discussing the events of the day.
Students will be responsible for developing a report on their specific content area(s).
We will then compile our tour findings with pictures, essays and descriptions for publication
on the course Web site for public education and viewing. Tour participants will receive an
EF backpack and journal for the trip. Students will be asked to write up their summary
descriptions on the trip back home for submission before departing the airport in the US or no
later than 2 weeks after the trip.
Use this course web site and the tour web site for study. Enter tour site by going to:
On the EF site, you will find links, suggested reading, suggested movies.
Read destination profiles, pack for your tour and travel smart sections.
Pay particular attention to sections on appropriate clothing to take, money/currency, etc.
Develop a Summary Report at the Conclusion of the Tour
For Credit Students
Download Course Syllabus Here:
Students may sign up for 3 credits through NVCC for this tour.
If you are interested in taking the tour with credit, please see Dr. Rosalyn M. King for more information.
You may also opt to sign up for college credit through EF College Study Tours host institution--Eastern Washington University.
They have an array of courses you can consider.
Students desiring to study abroad for NVCC credit must complete all of the above
requirements under non-credit requirements, plus the following:
Photographic Journal & Essay
Take at least 25 photos related to the Tour's theme and write about each photo and experience.
Collect a minimum of four articats that represent the culture and explain in no fewer than 500 words how each artifact represents the culture or country and its significance.
A larger reaction paper answering the study tour questions along with your specific study question. (Note, this could be combined with your photo journal.
Attend Required Pre-Tour Lectures (2)
These lectures will include learning about the study destination on various levels and aspects
and may include guest lecturers.
IMPORTANT TRAVEL LINKS
Related Learning Links
An introduction to the Chinese Musical Instruments—the Lute family, the Zither Family, the Harp family, the huqin family, and the hammered string instruments.
The Library of Congress comprehensive study of the People's Republic of China.
A site with everything you need to know about cultural China from arts, history, opera, food, literature, travel, folk art and much more.
An overview of the development of the educational system from the Ministry of Education.
A website with many articles, books and links on China--it's history, royal families and culture.
Wikipedia's overview of Beijing.
The museum is the largest of its type in China, with about 5,000 specimens arranged into 3 collections: paleontology, zoology and botany.
The official website of the Beijing government.
The Forbidden City is the best preserved imperial palace in China and the largest ancient palatial strucfture in the world. This is a world heritage site. The Forbidden City ws the home and center of power for 24 emperors during the mid to latter Ming and Qing dynasties. Take a virtual tour of the city by viewing the video on this website. Also learn about the history and architecture of this landmark site.
This site provides a history and tour of the city. The guide includes over 500 photographs and describes in detail all the main places of interest.
Read about the last emperor in China.
Badaling and the Great Wall of China
The History Channel provides many select videos on the history and evolution of the Great Wall(s) of China.
A temple with life-size gold buddhas lining the steep path up to the Temple. The main temple houses hundreds of small golden Buddhas on every level of the temple.
A modern museum holding the history of Hong Kong. The largest of the city's museums.
Houses exotic animals and plants.
A high and cool point in the city with beautiful gardens, homes, a reservoir, tower, tram and more.
Shanghai Lixin University of Commerce (SLUC), formerly called Lixin Accounting Institute, is an institution of higher learning under the direct jurisdiction of the Shanghai Municipal Government. It was established in 1928 by Dr. Shu Lun Pan, a famous professor of accounting and education, who is still credited with being the Father of Modern Accounting in China.
The Shanghai Museum displays some of the best cultural relics from China's neolithic period to the Qing dynasty, a span of over 5,000 years. The museum is known for its bronze ware, ceramics, calligraphy and painting. It also houses jade, furniture, coins and chinese seals of "chops."
One of Xi'an's premier attractions. this roomy modern museum contains over 370,000 relics chronciling Shaanxi civilization and culture from as far back as prehistoric times. The collection contains ceramics, bronzes, jade pieces, gold and silver,ancient coins, calligraphy from the pre-Ming periods. Look also for frescoes from the Tang dynasty and some of the terracotta soldiers up close.
The Terracotta Army was discovered in 1974 by peasants digging a well. These are life pottery figures, modeled from yellow clay. they were made to guard the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, a ruler who unified China more than 2,200 years ago. Excavations yielded three pits and more than 7,000 soldiers, archers, and horses. It is believed that Qin Shi Huangdi's tomb is nearby. The complex is reported to also contain 48 tombs for concubines who were buried alive with the emperor, a fate also reserved for workers, to prevent the location and the design of the tomb from becoming known.
Behr, Edward. The Last Emperor. Bantam Books, 1987.
Buck, Pearl S. The Good Earth. Harper and Row, 1949.
Evans, Richard. Deng Xiaoping and the Making of Modern China. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1993.
Fairbanks, John K. China: A New History. Cambridge: Belknap / Harvard University Press, 1992.
Kaplan, Fredric; Sobin, Julian; and Arne de Keijzer. The China Guidebook. Houghton Mufflin Co., (A comprehensive guidebook that is up-dated yearly.)
Schell, Orville. Mandate of Heaven. Simon and Schuster, 1995.
The Joy Luck Club (Trailer for Movie)
The Last Emperor (Trailer for Movie)
Videos on Chinese Dance, Music and Song
Classical Ballet-Great Chinese State Circus-Swan Lake
--Music & Song--