Adventure - Art - Culture - Juniors Abroad at George Fox

China, Macau, Hong Kong

Faculty: Chenping Zhang
Meeting time: Tuesday 6:30-9:00pm

Student Cost: $2,200

Get your taste buds warmed up and get your camera ready! During this adventure trip to China, you will enjoy hiking on one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Great Wall of China - and feel the thrill of riding a toboggan down after your hike! You will have the opportunity to get an up- close view and experience the extreme cuteness of Giant Pandas. You will also see the Eighth Wonder of the World - the Terracotta Warriors. Two UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage sites, Yellow Mountain in Anhui, and the 71- meter-tall Leshan Giant Buddha in Chengdu are waiting for us! We will climb to the highest point on the Hongkong island for an awesome and exhilarating panoramic view of the skyscrapers in Hongkong, and ascend Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the third tallest TV tower in the World to get a bird’s eye view of Shanghai.

The No. 1 dish in Beijing - Peking Roast Duck will be served when we are in Beijing. Full of color, aroma and taste, Peking Roast Duck comes out browned, with a crispy skin and a mouthful of flavor. We will enjoy the best and spicy food in China's cuisine - Chengdu Hot Pot. A popular American TV show once described the hot pot’s effect as “like sexy girls dancing on the tongue”. We will explore and taste the local foods and snacks in each city!

Our main transportation tool in China will be the bullet train! We will experience the speed and convenience of the high-speed rail, appreciate the beautiful scenery and magnificent mountains and rivers of China at a speed of 200 mph.

Delve yourself into Chinese tea culture when visiting a tea house, watching a tea performance and tasting some Chinese tea. Be prepared for a breathtaking and awe-inspiring Chinese acrobatic show. The last night in China, we will celebrate with a Karaoke Party. With the rhythm of the music, swing, swing, and surprise us with your charming voice!
To be continued
... ... There are many more surprises to be revealed during this China trip!


Tentative Itinerary:

Day 1 - Fly from Portland to Hongkong Island

Day 2 - Walk around Tsim Sha Tsui and see the Clock Tower, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Star House, Ocean Terminal, Kowloon Park, and the Promenade for view of Victoria Harbor. Mix with the crowds and see what it is like in one of the most densely populated cities in Asia.

Day 3 - Visit the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Museum of History Hong Kong, and Lei Cheng Uk Museum. Hong Kong island - Central: We will visit government buildings and modern skyscrapers such as the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank and the Bank of China. Go to Hong Kong Park with its greenhouse, an aviary, pools, fountains, a restaurant, the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware. Visit Victoria Peak taking the tram to the highest point on the island for a panoramic view of Hong Kong.

Day 4 - Day trip to Macau. Visit the Ruins of St. Paul's. All that remains of St. Paul's Cathedral, once considered the finest Christian building in the Far East, is its imposing Renaissance façade, a Macau landmark standing at the top of a broad flight of granite steps. Stroll through Senado Square, the impressive old Senate building, now occupied by the Municipal Council and widely regarded as the finest example of Portuguese colonial architecture in Macau. We will then visit Fortaleza do Monte: Home of the Macau Museum, the hub of Portugal's military presence in this part of China.

Day 5 - Travel to Shenzhen. Explore the Window of the World, Shenzhen's number one attraction. It is a collection of about 130 replicas of world sights and landmarks. In some cases, they are two-thirds of the size of the original. The focus is on Europe, with recreations of London's Houses of Parliament, Paris's Eiffel Tower, and Rome's Colosseum.

Day 6 - Take a bullet train to Guilin. visit Reed Flute Cave which is a famous scenic spot mainly offering a magic fairyland of stalactites, stalagmites and stone columns. After that, drive to Elephant Trunk Hill. It is the badge of Guilin city. It is the masterpiece of karst landscape. The whole hill looks exactly like a huge elephant stretching its trunk drinking water of the Li River. You can also climb up to the top and take full view of Guilin’s hills and rivers.

Day 7- The highlight sightseeing today is a leisurely cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo. Meandering through valleys, bamboo groves and mysterious Karst rock formations, the cruise will give you a glimpse of a life far from the concrete jungle. After disembarking, stroll around the West Street which is the oldest street in Yangshuo with a history of more than 1,400 years. It now becomes a place that mixes the eastern and western culture harmoniously. We will then ride a bicycle to visit the country area along Yulong River.

Day 8 - Take bullet train to Chengdu. Chengdu is one of the three most populous cities in Western China (the other two are Chongqing and Xi'an). The surrounding Chengdu Plain is also known as the "Country of Heaven" and the "Land of Abundance". Enjoy a spicy hotpot lunch or dinner that will have you crying.

Day 9 - Tour to Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries (Panda Breeding and Research Center) to encounter some lovely pandas! Stroll around People’s Park where you can dance with the locals, and listen to the local opera. We will then go to the New Century Global Center, the largest building in the world at 18,000,000 square feet. The facility is home to a large shopping mall, an aviation museum, a water park, two 5-star hotels (we may stay in one of them for one night), and numerous restaurants.

Day 10 - Day Trip to the Leshan Giant Buddha, a colossal stone statue of Maitreya. It has been a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Site since 1996. Standing 71 meters high and carved directly from the surrounding rock, this amazing feat was started by a Buddhist monk by the name of Haitong in AD 713. After his death, the work was continued by a number of other monks and artists until it was eventually completed in AD 803.

Day 11 - Travel to Xi’an (4 hours by bullet train). After checking in to the hotel, we will visit an exotic food street in Xi'an for different kinds of local delicacies and snacks.

Day 12 - Tour the Terracotta Warriors, one of the world's most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation. It is also known as the eighth wonder of the world. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a bike ride on the Ancient Xi’an City Wall, one of the oldest and best-preserved Chinese city walls.

Day 13 - We will visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda (Little Wild Goose Pagoda) before we travel to Beijing. Enjoy a roasted Peking duck dinner.

Day 14 - Visit the Forbidden City, the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world, and Tian'anmen Square, the World's largest urban square and. We will then watch a tea performance and taste some Chinese tea in a tea house. In the afternoon, we drive to the Temple of Heaven, which was used to pray for harvest by the emperors.

Day 15 - The star attraction of China is THE GREAT WALL!, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We will hike on the Great Wall of China, and also feel the thrill of riding a toboggan down the hike. We will then drive back to the downtown for a short visit to see the Bird Nest and Water Cube, the home of the 2008 Summer Olympics and 2022 Winter Olympics.

Day 16 - In the morning, we will visit the Summer Palace, the largest, best-preserved imperial garden in China. Then travel to Hefei, Chengping’s home city. We will row on the Swan Lake, and then meet and dinner with Chengping’s family.

Day 17 - Yellow Mountain (a.k.a. Huangshan Mountain) tour. It is a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as one of the most visited scenic destinations in China. Praised as the loveliest mountain in China, Yellow Mountain has attracted millions of travelers to enjoy its breathtaking Magical Wonders - “Odd-shaped Pines, Spectacular Rocky Peaks, Sea of Clouds, Hot Spring and Winter Snow”. As the popular ancient Chinese saying goes, "Trips to China's five great mountains render trips to other mountains unnecessary, and a trip to Huangshan renders the trips to the five great mountains unnecessary".

Day 18 - Yellow Mountain tour Day 2. Then travel to our final destination in China - Shanghai. Enjoy a walk and night scene view along the Bund - Shanghai’s famed waterfront promenade after a Chinese acrobatic show.

Day 19 - Get a birds eye view of the city after ascending Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the third tallest TV and radio tower in the World. Stroll around at Chenghuangmiao old street and Nanjing Road, China No. 1 commercial street for souvenir shopping. Our trip concludes with a Karaoke Party celebration in the evening!

Day 20 - Fly back to the US.