ELIGIBILITY: This program/course is open to students over the age of 18. Students must be in good standing with their university at the time of the program to participate and receive credit.
All participants MUST attend two mandatory one-day orientation sessions before the trip. The program involves quite a bit of moving around from city to city, and walking in hot temperatures, so students should plan accordingly.
Program size is limited to 30, and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.
TENTATIVE PROGRAM ITENERARY:
Day 1: Arrive in Beijing and rest
Day 2: Day tour of the city of Beijing, including the symbolic association with the censorship of past government crimes, Tiananmen Square
Day 3: Visit the Great Wall and the Olympic Station – Participants will visit downtown and walk through the local market.
Day 4: Visit the Summer Palace and take the Hutong tour; take a flight to Xi’an
Day 5: Cultural immersive lunch with a local Chinese family; discussions on censorship and its effect on the average citizen
Day 6: Cultural excursion through the Muslim Quarters to visit the Great Mosque and the market place in order to discuss the everyday effects of the persecution of Muslims; take a flight to Zhangjiajie
Day 7: Visit the Yuanjiajie scenic area, Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, Golden Whip Stream, and a ten-mile gallery.
Day 8: Explore the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon and a boat excursion along the Baofeng Lake
Day 9: Take the world’s longest cable car and ascend Tian Men Mountain; fly to Shanghai
Day 10: Visits the Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden; take a short cruise tour along Huangpu River
Day 11: Take a train ride to Wuxi and have a discussion with local high school students about the modern-day effects of censorship; return to Shanghai
Day 12: Culminating discussions and depart back to Atlanta
INVESTMENT: The program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations. The cost is tentatively set at $2,900 per person, plus any fees for tuition form the university. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.