I. Weekend Excursions
The following activities are organized every other weekend during the semester, with the participation of some Chinese students at Peking University. The places of visits might be different from semester to semester.

   Visits in Beijing
      ¡¤The Great Wall
      ¡¤Forbidden City
      ¡¤Summer Palace
      ¡¤Marco Polo Bridge
      ¡¤798 Art Zone

II. Activities Related to Chinese Language Study

Both immersion and non-immersion students may participate in them. There will be different levels and themes.
      Language Practice Activities
      Speaking Contest
      Debate in Chinese

III. Study Trips

Seeing is believing. Because China is a vast and culturally diverse country, we have designed the following six study trips, each focusing on a particular theme and all essential to the understanding of China. To further consolidate what is learned in classrooms, we require participants to read two books related to these trip themes, to attend all lectures or corporate visits, and to complete individual projects, approved prior to the trips.



Six Routes

Changes may take place due to unforseen circumstances; the factory/corperate visits are subjected to change based on the availablity of the hosts and the interest of students; lecture topics might be slightly different. If a rounte has less than 10 participants, it is possible for cancellation.

1.Blue line: Economic Development in Coastal China
   Places to visit
      1. Shanghai    2. Hangzhou    3. Wenzhou    4. Shenzhen    5. Dongguan
   Corporate visits
      1. Greentown China Holdings Ltd.
      2. Hangzhou Wahaha Group Co. Ltd.
      3. Lexmark International, Inc.
   Required readings
      1. Bruce J. Dickson. Wealth into Power
      2. James Kynge. China Shakes the World
   Papers or projects on Chinese economic developments

2. Orange line: History and Culture in Central and South China
   Places to visit
      1. Luoyang    2. Xi'an    3. Chengdu     4. Guilin     5. Yangshuo
   Lectures
      1. Lecture on Buddhism's entry to China
      2. Lecture on Unification of China by the first emporor Qin Shihuang.
      3. Lecture on Chinese Painting
   Required readings
      1. Charles D. Benn. China's Golden Age.
      2. Frances Wood. China's First Emperor and His Terrocotta Warriors.
   Papers or projects on Chinese history and culture

3. Green line: Ethnic Minorities in South west China
   Places to visit
      1. Xi'an    2. Chengdu     3. Lijiang     4. Dali     5. Kunming
   Lectures
      1. Lecture on Muslims in China
      2. Lecture on Minority and environment protection in Yunan
   Required readings
      1. Maris Boyd Gillette. Between Mecca and Beijing.
      2. Peter Goullart. The Forgotten Kingdom.
   Papers or projects on ethnic minorities

4. Purple line: Tibet and Buddhism
   Places to visit
      1. Luoyang    2. Xi'an    3. Xi'ning     4. Lhasa     5. Chengdu    6. Leshan
   Lectures
      1. Lecture on Buddhism's entry to China
      2. Lecture on Tibetan culture and Lamaism
   Required readings
      1. Melvyn C. Goldstein. The Snow Lion and the Dragon.
      2. Charlene E. Makley. The Violence of Liberation.
   Papers or projects on Tibet and Buddhism

5. Red line: Long March through Rural China
   Places to visit
      Line A: From Ruijing to Quanzhou (Jiangxi Province, Hunan Province and Guangxi Autonomous Region)
      1. Ruijin, Jiangxi Autonomous Region
      2. Quanzhou, Guangxi Province
      3. Various villages along the march
      Line B: A New Direction for the Red Army (Guizhou Province, Sichuan Province and Yunnan Province)
      1. Zunyi, Guizhou Province
      2. The Chishui River, Guizhou Province
      3. Luding Bridge, Sichuan Province
      4. Various villages along the march
   Lectures
      Lecture on the Long March and talks on rural life
   Required readings
      1. Edgar Snow. Red Star over China.
      2. Harrison Evans Salisbury. The Long March.
   Papers or projects on the Long March

6.Teal Line: Anthropology Research
In collaboration with Guizhou Normal University, this study trip focuses on indepth research and understanding of ethnic nimorities in this remote mountainous province.¡¡Professors from GNU will supervise the researches and help with arranging the field trips.

Villages where field work is done:
      1. Buyi Ethnic Minority Villages: Yinzhai, Wudang Libo, etc.
      2. Miao Ethnic Minority Villages: Xijiang, Zhengyuan, Liping's 6 villages.
      3. Yi Ethinic Minority Villages: Tunbao, Datun, Wangguan, etc.
      4. Bing'an Ancient Town

Different readings will be required base on research topics.

IV. Others
      Weekend Forum/discussion with Beida students
      Photo contest
      Volunteer opportunities

 

 
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