A China Romance/Dream Idyll

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Dates:May 9-19, 2013
Meets:12 M to 12 N, 11 sessions
Fee: $4,250.00

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Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Beijing and Southern China with Paul Ropp, a renowned expert from Clark University and a fluent Chinese speaker. Learn about the diversity of China's regional cultures, from the metropolitan and modern to the rural and historical. Traverse ancient ruins, royal palaces, cultural treasures and natural wonders as you discover Beijing, Guilin, Longsheng, Yangshuo, Hangzhou and Shanghai. Before heading to Southern China, witness the juxtaposition of China's ancient past and dynamic present in colorful Beijing. As the capital city for many centuries, Beijing is at the heart of China's history and ancient culture. Explore imperial architecture, some of the most enduring feats of human creation, and experience the current buzz of the vast changes ongoing in China today. See major monuments of the past such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven as well as an art district for the future.

Then, depart to Southern China, known over the millennia for its exquisite landscapes of mountains and waters. Enjoy the unique beauty of Guilin's karst mountains, a region of rice-paddies cultivated since the Song dynasty. Stay at the memorable boutique Li An Lodge, known for the fine crafts decorating each room. Take a cruise down the Li River to see karst shapes tower above the agricultural plain and form the backdrop for rustic villages. Travel to the West Lake (Hangzhou), which is said to be the most inspiring synthesis of modernity and nature in Asia. Visit the National Silk Museum and the Lingyin Temple, one of the largest and wealthiest Buddhist temples in the world. End the trip in Shanghai and experience more history and the emergence of new and modern architecture, music and art. Visit the Shanghai Museum and the Pudong economic district. Stay at 4-star hotels and wake up each day for more chances to experience the glories of China's past and its sometimes turbulent but energetic economic boom of today. Experience firsthand one of the world's most important, complex and fascinating countries.

Fee includes tuition, housing (double occupancy--an additional fee of $1,250 provides single occupancy), land travel in China (including flights), all tips and gratuities for hotel and bus, field trips and museum admissions, most meals; does not include airfare. Non-refundable $500 deposit is due December 1, 2012. Full payment is due by February 6, 2013 or before. The $500 deposit is non-refundable except in the case of program cancellation. Online registration is not available for this course. Please call 508-793-4334 to register. Early reservation is encouraged. Requires moderate amount of physical activity.