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TRA 114 China: Culture and Nature

Course Description

Tour the exquisite historical and natural wonders of China! Visit historical capitals of this ancient land. Experience the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Ming tombs, the Temple of Heaven, the mausoleum of Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-tung), the Babaoshan Revolutionary Martyrs Cemetery, the Yihe Gardens, and the ruins of the Yuanmingyuan Summer Palace. In Xi'an, stand in awe of the massive terra cotta soldier burial complex of the First Emperor of China. In Nanjing, see ancient Buddhist temples, the tomb of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the government offices of Chiang Kai-shek, and the "Rape of Nanking" Museum. Visit the famous scenic lake and temples of Hangzhou, the city Marco Polo called Kinsai. Experience the big-city bustle of Shanghai and visit the site in old Frenchtown where the Communist party of China was founded in the early 1920s. In Shandong province visit the German colonial buildings in Qingdao and spectacular Mount Tai, one of the most scenic spots in China. In Anhui, visit the Huangshan (Yellow Mountains), a UNESCO World heritage site. Enjoy a river boat cruise and experience the picturesque river and karst topography of Guilin, which many Chinese consider the most beautiful spot in the world.

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Accompanying Resource Person: Dr. David Curtis Wright took his PhD in East Asian Studies at Princeton University and is currently an associate professor of Chinese history at the U of C. An author of three books and many articles on Chinese history, he received a Distinguished Teacher Award from the Faculty of Social Sciences. He also teaches for Continuing Education. This is his second travel study to China.

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