Adventure - Art - Culture - Juniors Abroad at George Fox


Faculty: Chengping Zhang, Alex Pia
Class Meeting Night: Thursday

There will be an additional cost of $140 for a Chinese Visa.  (More information will be given in class)


The purpose of this trip is to enhance the students’ appreciation and knowledge of China, a populous nation with a recorded history of 3,000 years, yet so rapidly changing, filled with magnificent sights and amazing people.  Students will experience a cross-country, seven-city tour, which will include the well known international cities of Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghi, along with intriguing smaller cities such as Xian, Changsha, and the resort costal city of Dalian.  An additional bonus is that students will experience some local hospitality, as some of the cities we will visit are where Chinese sister schools of George Fox are located, allowing us to be treated to Welcome Banquets and experience home stays.

The study tour will include sites such as Beijing’s magnificent Forbidden City, world renowned Tianmen Square and the illustrious Temple of Heaven, along with the legendary Great Wall, Xian’s Terracotta Warriors, Shanghai’s European quarters and New Bund, one of Shanghai’s most scenic spots, and a city tour of Zhujiajiao, the Venice of Shanghai.

Student will also experience some of China’s natural beauty, with a night tour on the Pearl River and a day trip to scenic Baiyin Mountain in Guangzhou, a visit to Orange Island in Changsha, with its well maintained grounds and Mount Rushmore like mountain carving of a young Chairman Mao, along with a two-day tour to Zhangjiajie National Park, the inspiration for the movie, Avatar.

Our touring will also include fun activities such a visit to the Dalian Forest Zoo, where your can feed the lions, take a picture with baby tigers, and see the memorable pandas.  We’ll ride the Changsha Ferris Wheel, the 4th tallest in the world, watch a night show at the Chimelong International Grand Circus Theater, the world’s largest circus arena, ride bullet trains, and stroll down Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street, one of the busiest commercial pedestrian streets in China. 

Preliminary Itinerary

Day 1 -  Fly from Portland to Guangzhou, China.

*Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street

Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street is one of the busiest commercial pedestrian streets in China. Located in the old town of Xiguan, the 1,218-meter-long street is lined with more than 300 shops. The street is also a mixed showcase of architecture, cuisine and folk customs.

Day 2 - Visit our sister university - Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. Most of our Chinese students are from this university.

*Baiyun Mountain,

Baiyun Mountain or "White Cloud" Mountain, is one of the most fabulous scenic spots in Guangzhou, with gorgeous natural scenery and abundant historical relics. One can stand on the summit and view the whole city of Guangzhou as well as the beautiful Pearl River. (5 rmb.)

*Night tour of the Pearl River

The Pearl River is the third longest river in China with a length of more than 2,000 kilometers. When evening light shows, a blaze of neon lights will reflect on the river, presenting a fascinating night view of the city along the 'Scenic Corridor'.

Day 3 –

*Western Han Nanyue King's Tomb Museum

The Nanyue King's Tomb Museum is well known for its elegant Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-24 A.D.) architecture, and showcases Guangzhou's near 2,000-year history. Hidden 20 meters (65.6 feet) underground, the tomb is made up of 750 huge stones with colorful murals. A silk-jade garment made up of 2,291 pieces of jade connected by silk thread is the spotlight of the mausoleum. The garment is the only one of its kind in the world.

*Chimelong International Grand Circus Theater – Watch a night show a the world’s largest professional circus arena.

Day 4 - Bullet train to Changsha

*Orange Island

In the middle of a river in the middle of the bustling city of Changsha is this renowned island with beautiful and well maintained grounds and a Mount Reshmore like craving of a young Chairman Mao.  Throughout the island one is surrounded by orange trees.  A small shuttle train takes us throuhout the island.

Day 5 –

*Mawangdui Han Tombs tour (an open book to the glorious West Han Dynasty 206BC-24.

*Changsha Ferris wheel

At 390 feet tall it is the 4th tallest in the world and one of the second largest in China.  Up to 6 people fit in a car, an unforgettable experience! (50 rmb.)

Day 6 - Bus to Yueyang, welcome banquet with president and deans of our partner university Hunan Institute of Science and Technology

Day 7 - Activities with students at Hunan Institute of Science and Technology, home stay with local families

*Yueyang Pavilion

A Pavilion that is over 1000 years old situated in a park is located next to the lake, being the largest freshwater lake in china. Climb the tower for breathtaking views of Dongting Lake. Near the pavilion is a small building where the women used to sit during the day and do their needlecraft. Now you can buy examples of what they used to make. (80rmb.)

Days 8, 9 –

*Two-day tour to Zhangjiajie National Park (the visual inspiration for the film, Avatar)

Day 10 - Fly or take bullet train to Shanghai,

*Explore the New Bund, one of the “Ten Best Scenic Spots of Shanghai”

Day 11 –

*City tour: Zhujiajiao (Venice of Shanghai), the Oriental Pearl Radio and Television Tower (the 4th highest in Asia and the 6th highest tower in the world), the People’s Square.

Day 12 –

*Free day to explore Shanghai

Day 13 - Bullet train to Xi’an, taste special Xi’an cuisine - Yangrou Paomo and/or Hand-pulled Noodles.

Day 14 –

*Terracotta Warriors and Horses. The Terracotta Warriors and Horses is a collection of 6,000 life-size  and life-like terracotta sculptures, each with distinct facial feathues, depicting the armies of Emperor Qin Shi Huang the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife.       

Day 15 - Fly to Dalian

Day 16 - Dalian city tour

*Dalian Forest Zoo, One of the best zoos in China. Unlike any other zoo you have been to. You can have your picture taken playing with baby tigers, being held by an elephant, or feeding chickens to tigers or lions. Of course, we will see the pandas too!  Very memorable.

Day 17 - Meet with George Fox alumna – Candice Zhang, activities arranged by Candice,

  • Xinghai Square, one of the largest public squares in China. Travel to Beijing.

Day 18 –

*The Forbidden City.  This was the imperial palace for twenty-four emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It was forbidden to enter without special permission of the empeor, hence its name 'The Forbidden City'. It served as the home of emperors and their households as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government for almost 500 years.Beijing roast duck dinner

Day 19 –

The Great Wall. The Great Wall is listed as one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. Just like a gigantic dragon, the Great Wall winds for 5,500 miles from east to west of China. With a history of more than 2,000 years, it is still one of the most appealing attractions all around the world owing to its architectural grandeur and historical significance.

Day 20 –

*Temple of Heaven.  Originally, this was the temple where emperors held the “Heaven Worship Ceremony”. It is China's largest masterpiece among China’s ancient sacrificial buildings. In its overall layout it symbolizes the relationship between earth and heaven – the human world and God's world – which stands at the heart of Chinese cosmogony.

*Tiananmen Square.  Located at the center of Beijing City is Tiananmen Square, the fourth largest city square in the world. here you can visit Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall and see the national flag raising ceremony. Tiananmen Square is the square is best known in recent memory as the focal point of the large scale protests that took place in 1989.

Day 21 - Fly back to the US