Where traditions meet modernity
China’s capital, the country’s political, cultural and educational centre is one of the most exciting cities in the world. Traditional alleyways called Hutongs lie in stark contrast with sprawling boulevards, while ancient architecture sits next to giant postmodern creations. One thing is certain, Beijing has a buzz – artists, writers, musicians, entrepreneurs and expats increasingly appear to live alongside the traditions of a 2000 year old city.
Field Research - Chinese contemporary issues
One of our most challenging activities-plan your route around Beijing in teams to discover the city and Chinese culture in-depth. Stretch your leadership, team-work and planning skills to the maximum as your team tries to uncover the reality behind your chosen topic:
- Economic Development - Field Research in the Central Business District of Beijing, understand key industries (the banking, construction, tourism etc)
- Chinese Religion - Discover what Chinese people believe in, visit the Buddhist temple, Taoist Temple and Muslim Mosque, and Confucius Temple, understand the complicated mixed belief in Chinese people’s heart.
- Chinese Art - Go along the traditional museum and the modern art galley, the traditional opera and the rock band, to understand the Chinese traditions and modernity’s meeting.
- Rural Development - Field Research in the village, interviewing local farmers in the fields and in their family, as well as join the farming work with the locals.
Each team would have 6-7 people, based on your topic, there would be one local facilitator accompany with each team help to finish the team task; Each team would receive amount of team fund in envelop for the daily expense.
After the two days field research, we need team to present your research result on final presentation.
Chinese Martial (Kongfu) Class
Have you seen any Kongfu Movies by Bruce Lee and Jacky Chan, do you want to learn Chinese Kongfu? You would have chance to learn it in Beijing! In the early morning, Chinese people have the tradition to do morning exercise in the park. You will follow this trend as well! Once you get to the park in the early morning, there will be a Kongfu Master comes to you and train the real Chinese Kongfu. Meanwhile, it’s a great chance to witness the morning exercise of the locals. There are countless kinds of sports, games, entertainment from the locals in the park. After the Kongfu class, you will be very welcomed to join the local games.
The Great Wall of China is a series of stone and earthen fortifications in China, built, rebuilt, and maintained between 5th century BC and the 16th century to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire during the rule of successive dynasties. And it’s one of the existing mega structures and the world’s longest man-made structure.
China is a country with a time-honored civilization and a land of ceremony and decorum. Whenever guests visit, it is necessary to make and serve tea to them. “Savoring tea” is how people take delight in their reverie and in tea-drinking itself. Snatching a bit of leisure from a busy schedule, making a kettle of strong tea, securing a serene space, and serving a drinking tea by yourself can help banish fatigue and frustration, improve your thinking ability and inspire you with enthusiasm.
Tian’anmen Square & Forbidden City
The Tian’anmen Square is the largest city square in the world (440,000 m²-880m by 500 m). The Tian’anmen Gate was first built in 1417 in the Ming Dynasty. On October 1, 1949, chairman Mao Zedong proclaimed on Tian’anment Rostrum the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Since then Tian’anmen has been the symbol of New China.
The Forbidden City was the Chinese Imperial Palace from the mid-Ming Dynasty to the end of Qing Dynasty. The complex consists of 800 buildings with 8,886 rooms. It covers 720,000 square meters. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 as the “Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties”.
Peking Duck Dinner
Before you take up the menu, you might want to know more about how Peking Roasted Duck is made and how it is served. Peking Duck is always served in well-cut slices. The whole duck must be sliced into 120 pieces and every piece has to be perfect with the complete layers of the meat.
- Team-working, leadership and research skills during the EXPLORE Field Research and the Great Beijing Race
- Kongfu Class and Chinese Food Cooking Study
- Cultural Awareness – Meeting and talking with local people and working with international students during team activities.
- Chinese Contemporary Issues – visit village to learn about rural/urban differences and income disparity. Learn about topics such as economic development, Chinese art, religion and education during the EXPLORE field research.
- Compare modern developments in China with the past to understand the way China is heading in the future
- Round 1: 25th July – 31st July 2017
- Round 2: 4th August – 10th August 2017
The Explore Beijing program can be combined with the Explore Shanghai program
- 7 300 RMB
(Roughly 1,062 USD / 992EUR / 1,065 CHF, depending on the current exchange rate)
Note 01: The price in foreign currency depends on the current exchange rate to RMB.
Note 02: We can adjust the timing slightly based on the school requirements.
Note 03: Adviser: For every 7 students, one adviser (teacher) goes free.
Included during round 1
(25th July – 31st July 2017):
- All visits & agenda arrangement
- Accommodation from July 25 to July 30th
- Transportation from July 26th to July 30th in Beijing
- All meals from July 25’s dinner to July 31’s breakfast
- Airport/railway station pick-up on July 25 and send off on July 31 from Beijing
- Transportation to Shanghai and arrives on 1st August for the conference
Included during round 2
(4th August – 10th August 2017):
- All visits & agenda arrangement
- Accommodation from August 4 to August 10
- Transportation from August 5 to August 10 in Beijing
- All meals from August 4’s dinner to August 11’s breakfast
- Transportation from Shanghai to Beijing on August 4
- Railway pick-up on August 4 and send-off on August 11 from Beijing