Adventure - Art - Culture - Juniors Abroad at George Fox

China (Beijing, Tibet, Shanghai)

Faculty: Chengping Zhang, Jonathan Ramse
Meeting Time: Thursday 6:30 - 9:00PM

Student Cost: $2140

This trip is to one of the world’s fastest-changing country, filled with magnificent sights and amazing people, China. China is the world’s most populous nation with a continuous culture stretching back nearly 4,000 years. The course will highlight the rich and diverse culture of China with an emphasis on its modern developments. Students will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experiences exploring significant historical and political locations, explore amazing natural wonders as well as get a taste for the modern and fast paced urban context that many in China call home. 

The cross-country tour includes stops in Beijing where students will walk on the Great Wall of China and visit Tiananmen Square; Tibet, where students have the opportunity to visit the Mt. Everest base camp and see the highest mountain in the world; Chengdu and Guilin, where students will take a river cruise among beautiful and dramatic mountain landscape; finally, exploring Shanghai will give students exposure to some of the fastest developing urban landscapes in the world.

Preliminary Itinerary:

Day 1 – Arrive in Beijing, China

Beijing, or Peking, is the capital of the People's Republic of China, the world's second most populous city proper, and most populous capital city. As a city combining both modern and traditional architecture, Beijing is a megacity rich in history, exemplified in its global influence in politics, economy, education, history, culture, and technology. Beijing is the second largest Chinese city by urban population after Shanghai and is the nation's political, cultural, and educational center. It is home to the headquarters of most of China's largest state-owned companies and is a major hub for the national highway, expressway, railway, and high-speed rail networks. The Beijing Capital International Airport has been the second busiest in the world by passenger traffic since 2010, and, as of 2016, the city's subway network is the busiest and second longest in the world, after Shanghai's subway system.

Day 2-4 – Beijing

Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, Great Wall of China and the Olympic Park.

Day 5 – Travel to Xi’an via bullet train

Xi'an is the capital of Shaanxi province in China. One of the oldest cities in China, Xi'an is the oldest of the Four Great Ancient Capitals, having held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history, including Western Zhou, Qin, Western Han, Sui, and Tang. Xi'an is the starting point of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang

Day 6 – Xi’an

Visit Fortifications of Xi’an and Terracotta Army

Day 7 – Travel to Lhasa, Tibet

Tibet is an isolated province in western China and at an average of 15,000 feet, this extremely rural and distant country has the highest average elevation of any in the world. Tibet’s southern border is bound by the Himalaya Mountains, the highest in the world.

Day 8 – Lhasa

Potala Palace, Yamdrok Lake and travel to Shigats 

Day 9 – Shigatse and Xegar

Explore the plateau and beauty of Tibet

Day 10 – Travel to Mt. Everest North Base Camp, overnight at camp 

Day 11 – Travel back to Shigatse

Day 12 – Travel to Chengdu

Chengdu is a sub-provincial city which serves as the capital of China's Sichuan province. It 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". Chengdu is also famous for delicious Sichuan food like kung pao chicken and hotpot.

Day 13 – Chengdu

Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuary and Chengdu Plain

Day 14 – Travel to Guilin

Guilin is a prefecture-level city in the northeast of China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. It is situated on the west bank of the Li River and borders Hunan to the north. Its name means "Forest of Sweet Osmanthus", owing to the large number of fragrant sweet osmanthus trees located in the city. A Chinese saying goes "East or West, Guilin landscape is the best!" and best expresses how this region represents a real jewel with unique karst formation and lush flora that are surely among the best-known in whole China.

Day 15 -16 – Guilin

River Cruise tour of Li River and Elephant Trunk Hill

Day 17 – Travel to Shanghai

Shanghai is one of the four direct-controlled municipalities of China and the most populous city in the world, with a population of more than 24 million as of 2017. It is a global financial centre and transport hub, with the world's busiest container port. Located in the Yangtze River Delta, it sits on the south edge of the estuary of the Yangtze in the middle portion of the East China coast. 

Day 18-20 – Shanghai

Explore Shanghai Bund, City tour through Zhujiajiao, Oriental Perl Radio/TV Tower and People’s Square

Day 21 – Return to Portland, Oregon