Study and Travel in China Program, Summer '96

gao xiaoping (
1 Nov 1995 17:58:16 GMT


(1) Study and Travel in China, Inc., a not-for-profit
corporation, represents a number of Chinese leading
universities and high schools for their study-and
-travel-in-China international educational programs.
(2) These programs, with different focuses, are designed
for different people.
(3) All the activities within China will be taken care of.
A teacher from the host high school or university will
greet the coming group at the airport and will see the
group off as well.
(4) The group leaders do not have to be able to speak
Chinese. The Chinese teacher from the host school will
speak English.
(5) The program is both educational and recreational.
It is much better than a tourist program because one will
be able to discuss issues with Chinese professors and to
have first-hand experiences by living in a Chinese city.
One will meet common Chinese people, observe their lives,
and exchange views with them. In addition, it is much more
economical to travel to China by joining this program.
(6) The minimum number of a group is 12 people, including
the group leader. (Thus, it is usually difficult to
have enough participants in one high school. For example,
Chinese Southwest Normal University once hosted a group
participated by students and their parents.)


For information please contact
Gao Xiaoping (


Study and Travel in China, Inc.
A Not For Profit Corporation

Recognizing that China is an increasingly important
economic and political power in the contemporary
world, that a mutual understanding and friendly
relationship between the Americans and Chinese
are vital to the welfare, prosperity, and peace of both
nations, and that education plays a crucial role in
enhancing mutual understanding and friendship
between the two peoples, Study and Travel in
China, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, thus
sets its goals as follows:

1) To work with Chinese well-established universities
and high schools and help them design Study-
and-Travel-in-China international educational

A) The guide line of the program design is to provide
participants accurate and objective information about China,
its history, cultures, and current situations.
While this organization does not advocate
positions of any governments or institutions,
it attempts to let the participants have first-hand intellectual
and life experiences in China to formulate their independent
views on China related issues. It also seeks
to bring American imports into the programs.

B) The programs are designed for (1) American university
students, (2) graduate students, (3) high school students,
(4) educators, (5) professional people, (6) business people,
and (7) all other people who have an interest in
Chinese culture and current situations. In other words,
the programs are not particularly designed for
a relatively small number of people who wants
to be Chinese specialists, but for all educated individuals.

C) The programs cover the the fields of (1) Chinese
language, culture, and history; (2) Chinese economy
and business; (3) Chinese politics and foreign relations;
(4) Chinese ethnicities; (5) Chinese public health and
life sciences, and (6) Chinese high school sciences and
social studies. The courses are credited or non-credited.
All the programs are combinations of classroom
lectures and discussions on the one hand, and field
studies and travel on the other. They vary in length from
one month, a semester, to two semesters; and run in summer
or in other time of the year. The lectures and field studies are
conducted in English or with English interpretation. Chinese
language is not a pre-requisite. The tour guides are bilingual.

2) To provide American educational institutions information
about the international educational programs , to bring their
comments, suggestions and imports into the programs, and to
help them arrange study-and-travel programs with Chinese
universities and high schools that this corporation works with.

3) To provide information to interested individuals and to help
them organize or participate such programs, or study
in Chinese educational institutions.

4) To help educational exchanges between Chinese and
American educational institutions.


Study and Travel in China, Inc.
A Not-For-Profit Corporation

For whom are the programs designed for?
Who are the Chinese hosts?
What are the courses and field studies?
What are in the travel itineraries?
What are the novel characteristics about the programs?
Are the programs affordable?
How does one verify the programs?
How does one organize a group for the program?

The programs are designed for university students,
graduates, high school students, educators, professionals,
business people, and all those people are interested in
human affairs and looking forward to building
a better world.
Please note that these programs are not particularly
designed to meet the needs of a relatively small number
of people who want to be Chinese specialists. They
are designed for all educated people. Thus, the lectures and
field studies are conducted in English or with English
interpretation. Chinese language is not a pre-requisite.

The programs are conducted directly by Nanjing University,
Wuhan University, Beijing University Medical School,
Southwest Institute of Ethnicities, Yunan Institute of
Ethnicities, Tibet University, Xi'an Institute of Foreign
Languages, Heilongjiang University, Southwest Normal
University, Nanjing Normal University High School, and
Beijing Normal University High School. In addition,
Russian Far Eastern University at Vladivostock runs
with Heilongjiang University a joint program for study
and travel in both Northeastern China and
Far Eastern Russia.

Many of the above schools are the most prestigious
ones in China. For example, According to Chinese
ranking institutions, Nanjing University ranks
the No. 2 among all Chinese universities (while Beijing
University ranks the No.1, see People's Daily,
overseas edition, 12/24/94, p.3). According to
the Scientific Citation Index (1994, USA), however,
Nanjing University ranked No.1 in numbers of articles
published in international academic or scientific
journals (Beijing University scores the second).
For another example, Nanjing Normal University
High School is not only one of the oldest modern
high schools in China but also, perhaps, the best.
In the past several years, it produced one gold medalist
(Shen Kai, 1992, Math) and two silver medalists
(Xia Xiyuan, 1993, Information Science, and Wei Tao,
1994, physics) in International High School Olympics.

All the above universities have many years of
experiences of running study and travel programs
for international participants. For example, Nanjing
University has sponsored such programs in the
last 15 years with more than 3,000 international
participants (in addition to their regular enrollment
of international students). Among them, CIEE USA
(Council on International Educational Exchange,
participated by dozens of well-known American
universities) has sent more than 300 students
in 24 groups since 1982, and Duke University near
300 students in 13 groups since 1982. Last summer
(1995), George Mason University participated
the study and travel in China program by sending
a group focusing on Chinese economy and business,
perhaps the first of its kind.

These universities not only have specialized bodies
of teachers for international students but also developed
logistic institutions to meet the needs of international
scholars and students. Thus, to live on China's campuses,
though not luxury, is convenient and comfortable. For
example, Nanjing University has a 20-storied "Apartment
Building for International Scholars and Students" where
there are air-conditioned student rooms, double
rooms and suites, a cafeteria, classrooms, a library, a
barber's and hairdressers, a bar, and an exercise room.

LECTURES AND DISCUSSIONS: China's Economic Reform;
Property Rights and Enterprise Reform; Stock and
Future Markets; Business: Manufacture, Commerce,
Real estate, and Foreign Trade; Foreign Investment
and Government Policy, Laws and Regulations
concerning Foreign Investments; Environmental Issues;
Chinese Political System and Philosophy; Foreign
Relations and Foreign Policy; Chinese legal System;
Educational System; Population Issues; Ethnical and
Religious Issues; Chinese Christianity, Islam, and
Buddhism; Theories and Practice on Human Rights;
Chinese Social Values and Inter-personal
Relationships; Chinese aesthetic Values and
Traditional Forms of Arts: Calligraphy, Painting,
Sculpture, Architecture and Garden; Chinese Cuisine
and Drinks; Public Health and Life Sciences;
Traditional Medicine; Chinese Martial Arts (Kungfu); etc.
FIELD STUDIES: Visits to places of historical
interests, museums, village and township enterprises, foreign
owned or joint owned enterprises, department stores,
free markets, monasteries, churches, seminaries,
developmental districts, neighborhood commissions,
homes of common people, hospitals, etc.

Beijing and Xi'an (the most famous Chinese ancient
capital known for terra cotta soldiers) are must-sees.
You will see breathtaking natural beauty of landscapes
and monumental human-created objects (such as the
Great Wall), historic sites and modern wonders,
metropolises and nature reserves, and desert and oasis.
You will meet people and watch birds; visit core regions
inhabited by Han majority and frontiers inhabited by
ethnic minorities; enjoy cuisine of different regions
or ethnic groups, and taste local wines, or tea. You
will see border trades, cross borders between China
and its neighbors, and observe the situations from
both sides. All the travel itineraries are well-chosen
and worthy going.

A combination of study and travel; of touring and living;
of classroom lectures and field studies; of exploring
China's past, present, and future; of politics, economy,
culture, and society; and of probing unique favors of
localities and getting a general impression of China.

The Study and Travel in China programs provide not only
richest and most rewarding experiences one can have
but they are also affordable. We guarantee the
lowest possible expenditures.

We will provide the host educational institutions'
telephone numbers and fax numbers to prospective
organizers or participants for their direct
communications and verifications. Moreover,
the host institutions will issue invitation letters
to the participants to get visa from Chinese embassy
or Consulates. Still and more importantly, we will
help provide independent sources of verification and
information to the prospective organizers and
participants . For example, we can help them contact
international students and professors from America
or from other countries studying or teaching
at the moment in these institutions in China.

(1) An important requirement is that each group
should have at least 12 people.
(2) We will provide organizers with typical course
arrangements, travel itineraries, and further
information about the host institution. Yet, we will
be able to tailor the program to the educational and
recreational needs of the coming group.
(3) There are different focuses of Study and Travel
in China programs offered by a variety of universities
and high schools. The programs cover the fields of
China's Economy and Business; Chinese Language,
Culture, and History; Chinese Ethnicities Studies;
Chinese Public Health and Life Sciences; High School
Sciences and Social Studies; and Chinese Politics
and Foreign Relations.
(4) There are different travel itineraries with
attentions on the different localities, though all of them
provide an opportunity to observe China in general.
(5) The courses can be non-credited or credited.
For example, CIEE's Chinese Studies Class, Duke
University's Chinese Studies Class, and George
Mason University's Economical and Business Class
are credited. The programs are arranged as such that
these credits are acknowledged by American universities.
(6) The organizers can be official, i.e., they are
American educational institutions, or semi-official,
i.e., they are encouraged or endorsed by an educational
institutions, or non-official, i.e., they are organized
by interested individuals.
(7) The Chinese educational institutions have sponsored
in the past groups of university students, graduates,
professors, high school students, high school teachers,
and some people of mixed backgrounds from primarily
America, Japan, France, Sweden, South Korea, Germany,
Australia, and other Western European nations.


(1) The following programs serve as a base for further
discussion. The length of time, itineraries, and course
emphases can be modified to meet the needs of the
coming groups.
(2) As the programs are decided after initial
discussion, details of expenditures can be provided.

Nanjing University (1. Language and culture; 2. Economy
and business; Lower Yangtze River Region)
Wuhan University (1. Language and culture; 2. Current
situations; Upper and Middle Yangtze River Region; Three Gorges)
Xi'an Institute of Foreign Languages (Language, culture and
history; Xi'an and Chinese West)
Beijing University Medical School (Beijing Medical University)
(Public health and life sciences; Beijing and Northeast)
Heilongjiang University (Chinese studies and Northeast;
Russian Far East)
Russian Far Eastern University
Southwest College of Ethnicity (Chinese ethnical minorities,
Southwest, Tibet, Yunnan)
Yunnan College of Ethnicity
Tibet University

Nanjing University
One of the oldest and most prestigious universities in
China. Historic origins: Sanjiang Normal School created
by the Chinese government in 1902 (late Qing Dynasty)
and University of Nanking founded by American missionaries
in 1888. Ranked as the second best by Chinese ranking
institutions in the past several years. Awards bachelor-,
master-, and doctor degrees. 10 schools and 34
departments. Student: 12,000. Teachers 2,200,
including 1,200 professors and associate professors.
Since 1977, it has admitted more than 3,000 international
students. Since 1980, it has also hosted another
approximately 3,000 international participants for
study and travel programs. It has a specialized faculty
for international student teaching, and international
student dormitory, and a specialized cafeteria.

(1) Chinese Studies Oriented: Spoken Chinese; Chinese
reading. Lectures on topics of Chinese history and current
issues, such as Chinese political philosophy and systems,
Chinese economic reform; Chinese foreign relations and
foreign policy; social values and inter-personal relationship;
Chinese aesthetic values and traditional forms of arts;
population, environment, ethnicities, religions, etc.
(2) Chinese Economy and Business Oriented: Reform on
Chinese economic institutions; Chinese energy sector;
Population and Economy; Human resource management;
Chinese high education; International trade; Stock market
and Chinese finance; Chinese market; Chinese economic
environments; International investment; Commerce;
Township and village enterprises; Chinese environment
protection; History of Sino-American relations, etc.

Field Studies and Local Tours
Jiangning Developmental District; Qixia Township and
Village Enterprises; Commission of Reform of Economic
Institutions of Nanjing Municipal Government; Commission
of Foreign Trade of Jiangsu Provincial Government; Union
Seminary; Dr. Sun's Mausoleum; Joint Ventures; Neighborhood
Committee; Confucians Temple; etc.

Itinerary A
Sat: Departure from San Francisco in the late afternoon.
Sun: Arrival in Shanghai. (Chinese largest city, economic
center) at 19:30.
M: Yu-Garden (Old City). Bund. Pudong Developmental
District. Shanghai-Nanjing by train 16:30-21:06.

Study in Nanjing for 13 days.
Courses and discussions, field studies and local tours.

Sun: Nanjing-Tunxi by night train 20:08-6:30.
M: Arrival in Tunxi at 6:30. Old Streets and Old Houses
in Tunxi. Mt. Huangshan (the most beautiful mountain in
China; an inspiration of generations of Chinese landscape
T: Mt. Huangshan. Down in the afternoon.
W. Mt. Huangshan-Hangzhou by coach.
T: West Lake cruise. Huagang (flower port) Park. Lingyin
Temple. Tea Plantation. (Hangzhou, an ancient capital;
well-known for its natural and human-made beauty: lakes,
hills, and temples; landscape and gardens.)
F: Hangzhou-Suzhou by train 8:05-12:38.
Garden of Master's Nets. Lingering Garden. (Suzhou, another
ancient city; well-known for its classic gardens)
Suzhou-Luoyang by night-train 19:48-13:12.
Sat: Arrival in Luoyang at 13:12. (Luoyang, another ancient
capital.) White Horse Temple (the first Buddhist temple in
China). Longmen (dragon gate) Grottoes (Buddha statues).
Sun: One day trip to Shaoling Temple (historic Buddhist temple
of 1800 years' history; the "shrine" of the Chinese martial
arts or kungfu) in Mt. Songshan (a famous cultural mountain)
by coach. Luoyang-Xi'an by night train 23:07-7:02.
M: Arrival in Xi'an at 7:20. (Xi'an, the foremost Chinese
ancient capital). Terra Cotta Museum (one of the most
important archaeological discovery of this century).
Huaqing Hot Spring. Banpo Museum. Tang-dynasty
(618-906) performance show.
T: Free time in the morning. Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Stone
Calligraphy Forest. Xi'an-Beijing by brain 18:35-11:28.
W: Arrival in Beijing at 11:28. (an ancient capital and present
day capital). Tiananmen Square, (Mao's Memorial Hall,)
Forbidden City. Beijing Opera.
T: Temple of Heaven. Great Wall. Ming Tombs. Beijing Ducks.
F: Summer Palace. Yuanming Garden. Free time.
Sat: Free time in the morning. In the afternoon,
Beijing-San Francisco flight. Arrival in San Francisco
the same day in the afternoon.

Itinerary B (Chinese Lower Yangtze
River Region and Business Line)
Shanghai - Nanjing (Studies) - Wuxi - Zhangjia Gang - Suzhou
- Shanghai (Business Oriented Field Studies
in Jiangsu and Shanghai, one of the most prosperous region
in the Chinese coast area) - Xi'an - Beijing.

Xi'an Institute of Foreign Languages
Founded in 1952. It has also a School of Chinese Language
and Culture. Since 1979, more than 1,500 international
students have studied in the institute. It has an
international student dorm, and a special cafeteria.

Courses: Chinese Language and Culture Oriented.
Spoken Chinese; Chinese reading. History of Xi'an, the
ancient capital of China. Chinese mass media; Chinese
Western Ethnical Minorities; etc.

Itinerary A (Chinese West and Ancient Silk Road Line)
Beijing - Xi'an - Dunhuang (oasis in desert, best preserved
Buddhist frescoes, scenic sport of spring/lake along the
sand hill) - Turpan (Uygar town, oasis, remains of long-
abandoned ancient cities, Buddhist statues) - Daban (Uygar
town) - Urumqi - Heavenly lake (serene scenic spot: lake
in green mountains with white capped peaks in
the background) - Beijing.

Itinerary B (Chinese Hinterland Line)
Beijing - Xi'an - Huxian (agrarian county, peasant paintings)
- Yanan (wartime capital of Mao's Chinese Communists, one
of the most backward region in present day China, loess
plateau, cave dwelling) - Xi'an - Beijing.

Wuhan University
Founded in 1893. One of the oldest and most prestigious
universities in China. It is ranked second in the enrollment
of international students in China, more than 3,000
international students since 1977 have studies there.
This university has a long history of hosting international
study and travel programs, the first of its program was in 1
902. Among them was a class of US 14th Air Force Brigade.
Specialized faculty, international student dormitory and
cafeteria. Beautiful campus and architecture.

Courses: (Chinese Studies Oriented)
An introduction to Chinese culture; Economic reform;
Revolutions in Chinese modern history; China's foreign
policy; US investment in China; Chinese foreign policy;
Foreign investment in China; Laws and regulations
regarding foreign investment; Population and
Population policy; Issues of human rights; etc.

Field Studies and Local Tours
1911 Revolution Museum. Hubei Museum. Economic
Institutions about America and Canada. Yellow Crane
Tower. Get-together with Chinese students, etc.

Itinerary (Chinese Upper and Middle Yangtze River Line)
Sat: Departure from San Francisco in the afternoon.
Sun: Arrival in Beijing in the afternoon.
M: Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square (Mao's Memorial Hall).
Summer Palace. Temple of Heaven. Beijing Opera.
T: Great Wall. Ming Tombs. Beijing Ducks for dinner.
W: Free time in the morning. Beijing-Xi'an by
train 13:30-6:17.
T: Arrival in Xi'an at 6:17. Terra Cotta Museum. Huaqing Hot
Spring. Banpo Museum. Tang Dynasty (618-906 A.D.)
Performance Show.
F: Free time in the morning. Stone Calligraphy Forest.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Xi'an Chengdu by train 20:28-13:57.
Sat: Arrival in Chengdu at 13:57. Thatched Hut of Du Fu.
Tea House. Chengdu-Chongqing by train 22:44-7:44.
Sun: Sightseeing. Eling Park (night view of the mountain city).
M: On board. Yangtze River cruise.
T: Yangtze River. Three Gorges. Arrival in Yichang.
W: Gezhouba Dam. Yichang-Jingzhou by coach.
T: Sightseeing (an ancient city). Jingzhou Museum.
Jingzhou-Wuhan by coach.

Study at Wuhan University for 11 days.

Tu: Wuhan-Zhangjiajie by coach. Sightseeing on the way.
W: Zhangjiajie National Park. (Natural beauty)
T: Zhangjiajie. Zhangjiajie-Wuhan by coach.
F: Wuhan-Beijing by air. Free time.
Sat: Free time in the morning. Beijing-San Francisco by air.

Beijing University Medical School (Beijing Medical University)
Founded in 1912, the first modern medical school established
by Chinese government. One of the oldest and most
prestigious universities in China. Five schools, five
hospitals, and 17 research institutions. 1,200 professors
and associate professors. 4,000 students. Awards
bachelor, master, and doctor degrees. International
students. International students dormitories and cafeteria.

Courses: Chinese public heath and Chinese life sciences;
Chinese traditional medicine; Chinese population and
population policy; Chinese economic reform;
Mao and Deng, their philosophies.

Field studies and local tours: Visits to hospitals,
research institutes, and discussions with Chinese
doctors; Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Great Wall, etc.

Beijing - Xi'an - Qiqihar - Zalong Nature Reserve
(natural beauty and bird watching) - Wudaliangchi
(dead volcano landscape) - Heihe (border city along
the border river Heilongjiang with Russia, see
border trade) - Harbin (Sightseeing and Korean
minority village) - Shanhaiguan (the starting point
of the Great Wall) - Beidaihe (one of the best
beaches in China) - Beijing.

Heilongjiang University
Founded in 1941. Four colleges, 16 departments.
4,800 students. 400 professors and associate
professors. Enrollment of international students
since 1981; more than 1,000 international students
have studied there.
Joint program with Russian Far Eastern University.

Northeast history. Economic reform. Sino-Japanese
relationship. Sino-Russian relationship. Chinese
language, history, and culture.
(Russian Far Eastern University: History of Far
Eastern Russia; Russian economic reform and political
reform; Russia-Chinese relationship. )

Itinerary (Northeast China and Far Eastern Russia Line)
Shanghai - Xi'an - Beijing - Harbin (studies and local tours)
- Suifenhe (a border city) - Far East Russia and Vladivostock
- Suifenhe - Lake Jingbo (lakes, hills, and waterfalls)
- Harbin - Shanghaiguan (starting point of the Great Wall)
- Beidaihe (one of China's best beaches) - Beijing.

Southwest College of Ethnicity
Founded in 1951. Enrolls students from dozens of ethnic
groups in Southwest China. Also professors from dozens
of ethnic groups. Since 1986, the college has enrolled
several hundred international students. Hosted seven
international study-and-travel classes.

Tibet University
No. 1 comprehensive university in Tibet. Founded in 1985
from Tibet Teachers College. Thousands of students,
87% Tibetans. Hosted several international study-and-
travel classes.

Histories, languages, cultures, social organizations, arts,
religions, and customs of Ethnical minorities; Ethnical
minorities and Government: administration and policy;
Economic reform, marketization and ethnical minorities.

Field studies: Visit minority villages, officials, homes,
and temples. Museums of Ethnical Minorities.

Itinerary A (Yunnan Minority Region Line)
Beijing - Xi'an - Chengdu - Panzhihua - Lijiang - Dali -
Kunming (Yunan minorities region, natural beauty and
variety of cultures and customs, charming land).

Itinerary B (Tibet and Yunnan Line)
Beijing - Xi'an - Chengdu - Lhasa - Chengdu - Panzhihua -
Lijiang - Dali - Kunming - Shanghai.