- The Impression of the Capital
- Arrive in Beijing: take a bus to tour Beijing and enjoy the charm of Beijing. Attend a welcome meeting to understand the content of Chinese cultural experience courses.
- Visit Tsinghua University
- Morning: Visit the campus of Tsinghua University to appreciate the culture of the famous university of China and experience the characteristics of Chinese education.
- Afternoon: Listen to the lectures given by masters of the Chinese culture and communicate with the China-Australia youth culture ambassador of Tsinghua University.
- The Chinese Symbol—Forbidden City and Peking Opera
- Morning: Watch the national flag raising ceremony and tour the Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City to enjoy the imperial demeanor of Ancient China.
- Afternoon: Participate in the China-Australia youth cultural exchange activity—”The Chinese Opera Stage” and the Australian students will learn to make the Peking opera fiscal makeup and learn the Peking opera with young opera actors from China.
- The Chinese Symbols—Calligraphy & Painting
- Morning: Chinese calligraphy & painting is one of the earliest Chinese traditional art forms. Here, Chinese and Australian students will learn the calligraphy & painting together to learn about the unique form of expression of Chinese calligraphy & paintings.
- Afternoon: The enjoyable Chinese shadow puppetry show will give you a stunning story-telling journey. Here, masters of the Chinese shadow puppetry show will teach you how to make and operate the shadow puppets step by step.
- The Chinese Symbol—The Great Wall
- Morning: You will climb the Great Wall to feel the 5000 years’ Chinese Civilization. The Great Wall is an ancient defense project with the longest construction period and the largest project amount both in China and in the world; the Great Wall we can see today were mostly built in the Ming Dynasty; the Great Wall of the Ming Dynasty has a total length of 8851.8 kilometers and is one of the ten wonders of the world.
- Afternoon: Go to the farm house in the mountains, experience the farm life and enjoy the beautiful countryside scenery, and pick the vegetables and fruits grown in the farm house. In evening there will be campfire and let us dance together.
- The Chinese Symbol—Dance
- Morning: Go to Children’s Palace where Chinese and Australian students will learn Chinese traditional folk dances —- the Mongolian dance and the peacock dance of the Dai people of China together.
- Afternoon: Go out to visit the great sites of the Chinese Olympic—the Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube, to feel the beauty of architecture.
- The Chinese Symbol—The Ancient Capital
- Morning: Chinese and Australian students will walk on the city wall of the Ming Dynasty and follow the master of Chinese inscription rubbing masters to learn rubbing the calligraphy from a stone inscription.
- Afternoon: Go out to visit the Folk-custom Art Museum, to understand the value and significance of Chinese folk custom.
- Evening: Participate in the China-Australia youth cultural exchange activity—”My Story, My Acting”. Chinese and Australian students will be organized in groups to write a story and direct it by themselves under the guidance of teachers to show their strong points and act the Chinese and Australian stories.
- The Chinese Symbol—Terra-Cotta Warriors
- Morning: Visit the World Heritage Terracotta Warriors which is known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” to learn the Chinese history and the characteristics of the Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty.
- Afternoon: Leave the ancient capital for another ancient capital. Go to the ancient capital of Luoyang in Henan province by high-speed train.
- The Chinese Symbols—The Martial Arts
- Morning: Study the Luoyang folk custom and culture course. Go to the Folk-custom Museum to learn about the Chinese letters customs, Wedding customs, birthday customs, folk art and other cultures.
- Afternoon: Visit the world-famous Shaolin Temple and appreciate the resident courtyard, the Sanhuang village, the martial arts hall, the tombstones and other famous buildings of Shaolin Temple. Learn about the daily training in Shaolin Temple and primarily learn the essentials of the martial arts.
- The Chinese Symbol—Martial Arts
- Chinese Martial Art Culture Classroom: Learn Tai Chi and Shaolin martial arts to experience the cultural essence of the martial arts.
- Return with Fruitful Results
- Morning: The Awards Ceremony and issuance of certificates, Chinese and foreign students interact and take pictures.
- Noon: “The Happy Journey, Friendship Forever” Party.
- Afternoon: Depart from airport with beautiful memories of your pleasant tour！
- Take the plane.
- Welcome home and look forward to meeting you again. We will pick you up at airport when you return with fruitful achievements, beautiful memories and take you to your warm home.
The Chinese Symbol—Dreams in Regions South of the Yangtze River
Obscure mists and rains, soft and gentle willow branches; fragrant and elegant jasmine, beautiful and melodious Wu Dialect; The charms drifting in your breathes are not enough to tell the endless gentleness in the regions on the south of the Yangtze river; the elegance flowing in your mind can’t fully describe the never-ending delicacy of the regions on the south of the Yangtze river; Subtle fragrance floats with the arising of associated melancholy. You can’t help being homesick.
- The Impression of Shanghai
- Arrive in Shanghai: take a bus to tour Shanghai and enjoy the charm of Shanghai. Organize a welcome meeting to understand the content of Chinese cultural experience courses.
- Go out for Visits
- Morning: Visit the Shanghai Film Park, one of China’s top ten film bases. Its wholly-setting style “South Street” and the live-action scenes of “the 1930s Nanjing Road”, “Shanghai neighbourhood dwellings” not only have provided the ideal shooting scene for the film and television creation but also have opened a new way for people to see the colourful customs and charms of old Shanghai.
- Afternoon: Wander around the Bund. Tour the Huangpu River, appreciate the different styles of architectures in Pudong and Puxi and experience the century vicissitudes of ups and downs of Shanghai. Tour the metropolis with foreign adventurers and Nanjing Road which is China’s most bustling commercial street, visit the old streets of Shanghai, the representative of the grottoes door buildings—the City God Temple (Cheng Huang Miao), wander around the Yuyuan Garden shopping mall, the zigzag bridge and the commodity market, and taste the snacks of the City God Temple at your own expense to feel the prosperity of old Shanghai.
- The Chinese Symbol—Calligraphy& Painting and Dance
- Morning: Chinese calligraphy & painting is one of the earliest Chinese traditional art forms. Chinese and Australian students will learn Chinese calligraphy & painting together to jointly understand the unique form of expression of Chinese calligraphy & painting.
- Afternoon: Go to Children’s Palace where Chinese and Australian students will learn Chinese traditional folk dances —- the Mongolian dance and the peacock dance of the Dai people of China together.
- The Chinese Symbol—Printing
- Morning: Cultural Experience Activity—woodblock printing of the “Ten Bamboo Studio”. The Chinese and Australia students will experience the whole process of woodblock printing under the guidance of intangible cultural heritage inheritance masters, and use what they have learnt to make their works with the woodblock printing technique.
- Afternoon: Tour the West Lake by boat to watch the scenery of West Lake and learn the West Lake culture. Chinese and Australian students will work in groups to find the ten views of the West Lake: Su Causeway in Spring Dawn, Lotus Flowers in the Breezing Winding Courtyard, Autumn Moon over the Calm Lake, Lingering Snow on the Broken Bridge, Orioles Singing in the Willows, Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor, Leifeng Pagoda in Evening Glow, Doubles Peaks Kissing the Sky, Evening Bell Ringing at Nanping Hill and Three Pools Mirroring the Moon Floating in Rosy Cloud.
- The Chinese Symbol—Silk and Traditional Chinese Painting
- Morning: Cultural Experience Activity—”Go to the Silk Museum”. Visit the first national specialized museum for silk and world’s largest silk museum. Students will follow the teachers from the museum to learn about the past, the present and the future of Chinese silk.
- Afternoon: Participate in the cultural experience activity—Auditorium of Traditional Chinese Culture”. Here you can not only learn the Chinese language through vivid and interesting teaching methods but also can appreciate the background and charm of the studies of Chinese ancient culture.
- The Chinese Spirit—Uprightness and Unrestrained quality
- Go out to visit the Xixi Wetland. Follow camp teachers to tour the seven jungles in the southeast and the “Kipple Linyin” which is said to be the place where Budda Jih became a monk; see the representative of the South grotto sculpture—“Chinese Grotto Art Highlights Garden”; visit the “Yue Fei Temple”–the museum in memory of the national hero, to know about the legendary life of Yue Fei. Chinese and Australian students and teachers will jointly participate in team activities to improve the students’ Chinese language comprehension and expression ability through the small activities in different scenarios and to enhance the friendship and teamwork between the Chinese and Australian Students.
- The Chinese Symbols—Chinese Tea Culture
- Morning: Cultural Experience Activity:”Visit the Qianshanhe Black Tea Base” to learn knowledge of tea and follow the tea growers to learn how to pick tea leaves, make tea and how to drink the tea.
- Afternoon: Follow the tea growers to learn how to make tea and follow the tea culture promotion masters to learn to drink tea and to know about the Chinese tea culture.
- The Chinese Realm—Unity of Man and Nature
- Come to Wuyuan, China’s most beautiful village. It is the hometown of great men and has beautiful scenery of small bridges over the flowing stream and is known as the ecological homestead with harmonious unity of human and nature. There are simple and elegant houses of the Ming Dynasty, quiet winding streets, bluestone-paved past road and wild and green natural environment. Chinese culture exists in every breath you take here and every building you see here. Chinese and Australian students will get close contact with the natural and harmonious beautiful villages hand in hand and taste the authentic rustic food.
- The Chinese symbols—The Ceramics
- Morning: Go to Jingdezhen, a porcelain city of China, to visit national intangible cultural heritage Jingdezhen porcelain hand-making performances and enjoy the ceramics culture that has a history of over a thousand years, visit the site of the Qing Dynasty towns’ kiln re-sintering event held by Mr. Ma Weidu and enjoy the water stage porcelain “China’s Fifth Great Invention” porcelain music show on the floating stage over water.
- Afternoon: Cultural Experience Activity—”Learn to Make Porcelain”. Ceramics master in Jingdezhen will teach you how to make ceramics step by step and you can venture to try to express your feeling for Chinese porcelain in different shapes. Students may also draw some pictures or stokes on your own pottery, and take the successfully fired small ceramic works back to Australia to treasure.
- Return with Fruitful Results
- Morning: The Awards Ceremony for issuance of certificates and for Chinese and foreign students to have interaction and take pictures.
- Noon: “The Happy Journey, Friendship Forever” Party.
- Afternoon: Go to airport for an end to the pleasant journey！Dining: special Shanghai cuisine.
- Take the plane.
- Welcome home and look forward to meeting again. We will pick you up and take you back to your warm home.
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Come and listen to its story and feel its charm, to look for the vicissitudes it once experienced and to find the Chinese miracle taking place there today.
Chinese Cultural Experience Tour
Perhaps you have learnt about the Chinese civilization from television, books, schools or family, perhaps you have mastered the Chinese language to a considerable level, and perhaps you have already known that “china” could represent both China and the “porcelain”…
However, you may have never been to China or have never really come into contact with those symbols that can represent China; you know that what you get from television and books can be regarded only as the impression, and you may not truly appreciate the profoundness and the attraction of the Chinese language without immersing in the environment of the Chinese language, and China is more than what “porcelain” can represent.
Please follow our course and expose to China to explore the mysterious Chinese symbols and to understand the charm of Chinese civilization in the field.
Forbidden City was the palace of the 24 emperors in China’s Ming and Qing dynasties. It is the essence of Chinese ancient palace architecture and an incomparable architectural masterpiece and is also the world’s largest existing and the best preserved ancient wooden structure building.
It is known as the head of the world’s five palaces (the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Palace of Versailles in France, the Buckingham Palace in UK, the White House of U.S.A and the Kremlin in Russia).
Cultural Experience Activity—Visit the Palace Museum and study Chinese imperial culture and enjoy the scenery of “autumn winds on Taiye “and “jade Islet in Shady Springtime” which are two of the eight great sights in Ancient Yanjing, and study the folk culture surrounding the Forbidden City in Shichahai.
The Great Wall of China is an ancient defense project with the longest construction period and the largest project amount both in China and in the world; the Great Wall we can see today were mostly built in the Ming Dynasty, and the Great Wall of the Ming Dynasty has a total length of is 8851.8 kilometers and is one of the ten wonders of the world.
Cultural Experience Activity—A tour to the Great Wall to experience the 5,000 years’ Chinese civilization.
Peking Opera has a history of more than 200 years and is regarded as the quintessence of China and it’s also called the “National Opera”. It has comprehensive types of roles, mature performance and magnificent vigor and is a representative of Chinese Modern opera. Peking opera is one of the main types of opera that has a worldwide influence.
Today, it has traveled around the world and has become an important way to introduce and spread Chinese traditional culture.
Cultural Experience Activity—experience Peking opera and learn to make the facial makeup of Peking opera in the Children’s Palace of Beijing and appreciate the charm of Peking opera in Changan Grand Theater.
Printing is one of the famous “four great inventions” of ancient China; woodblock printing is a traditional pure manual printing technique of China which combines painting, sculpture and printing together, and woodblock printing of calligraphy & painting has a long history in China.
As early as in the Tang Dynasty, single-color woodblock printing had reached a considerable level; at the end of the Ming Dynasty, Hu Zhengyan, founder of the “Ten Bamboo Studio”, invented the “Dou Ban”, “arch flowers” and other trapping overprinting skills to display the brushstroke ink rhyme according to the principle of ink penetration, and it can be used not only to create works that reflect their own characteristics but also to realistically copy various types of Chinese calligraphy & painting; currently it is carried forward and developed as a cultural heritage.
Cultural Experience Activity—woodblock printing of the “Ten Bamboo Studio”. The students will experience the whole process of woodblock printing and use what they learn there to make their works with the woodblock printing technique.
Silk is a Chinese specialty. According to archaeological findings and speculation, China began to rear silkworm, take the natural silks and weave them into silk cloth in the mid-Neolithic period, that is, five or five to six thousand years ago.
Since the Western Han Dynasty, China’s silk has been constantly shipped abroad in large numbers and has become a world-famous product. The road from China to the Western world at that time was called the “Silk Road” by Europeans, and China was also known as the “country of silk.”
Cultural Experience Activity—Go to the Silk Museum. China Silk Museum in Hangzhou is the first national specialized museum for silk and is also the world’s largest silk museum. Here, students will learn about the past, the present and the future of Chinese silk.
Lu Yu of Tang Dynasty (728-804) mentioned in “The Classic of Tea” that: “tea, as a drink, started from the emperor Shen Nung and became famous in the time of Duke Zhou”. As tea has gradually become an indispensable part in people’ life, the realm of drinking tea has also been further sublimated, therefore the tea culture has come into being.
Chinese tea was spread abroad as early as in the Western Han Dynasty and currently people of more than one hundred countries and regions in the world are fond of drinking tea.
Cultural Experience Activity—Visit the Qianshanhe black tea base to learn knowledge of tea and follow the tea growers to learn how to pick tea leaves, make tea and how to drink the tea.
Traditional Chinese martial art, with a long history, a variety of genres and unique charm, has attracted martial arts enthusiasts from all over the world. The martial part is a prominent manifestation of Chinese culture.
Different from competitive sports and fighting technique, the target of the martial art is not to “fight” but to stop the fight and violence. “Martial art is to stop wars”, and the purpose of martial arts is to eliminate the inner cowardice and stop the outer violence, that is, to overcome one’s own cowardice and to stop outside violence. As a technique to stop the attack, it enables our brains to undergo the training on the adaptability and the ability of making reaction according to the atmosphere on the basis of effectively solving the security problems, and it is easy and practicable and could enhance people’s mental and physical fitness to make defense and keep fit. However, it is not only a “practical technology” but also a sign of cultural enrichment. Never do to others what you would not like them to do to you. The highest state of the martial arts is not to win the battle, but to own the strength to win without battle.
Chinese calligraphy & painting is one of the earliest Chinese traditional art forms. Chinese calligraphy & painting has a unique form of expression and contains the strong thoughts and feelings of the artists and has a profound cultural connotation, and it embodies the nation’s wisdom and civilization.
Nowadays, the ancient Chinese painting and calligraphy, European paintings and the jade jewelry are known as the “Three Beloved” in the world art auction market and are greatly loved by people around the world.
Cultural Experience Activity— led by the big brothers and sisters from the China Academy of in Hangzhou hand in hand to study painting together. Come to the auditorium of traditional Chinese culture to learn the Chinese language through vivid and interesting teaching methods, and appreciate the background and charm of the studies of Chinese ancient civilization.
Chinese gardening has a long history and is the treasure of ancient Chinese architectural art. Chinese garden pursues the perfect combination with nature and strives to achieve a high degree of harmony between human and nature.
In additional to information which conveys the artistic concept by virtue of the scenery composed of landscape, flowers and plants, Chinese gardening also integrates China’s fabulous calligraphic art form, such as plaque, couplets and the inscription art into the gardening to deepen the elegant cultural concept of gardening.
Cultural Experience Activity—Tour China’s first thematic garden museum–Suzhou Garden Museum, the Humble Administrator’s Garden, the Lion Grove Garden and other classical gardens to inspect the characteristics of Chinese garden.
The dance of the Chinese nation has a long history and has gone through multiple stages of development and evolution to finally form its unique oriental charm. Chinese dances are mainly divided into classical dance and folk dance.
Chinese classical dance, as a category of the dance art of China, has been refined, sorted out, processed, created by successive professionals on the basis of national folk dance, drama dance, and Chinese martial arts and is passed down after a long period of artistic practice test. Classical dance is featured by strong narrative characteristics with plots of story and is a mixture between opera and dance. Chinese folk dance has a wide variety, enriched styles and diverse forms, profound content, vivid image, and distinctive ethnic characteristics; it shows the national identity and ethnic style and is full of artistic expression, thus cannot be replaced by other dance systems.
“Unity of man and nature” is the ideological core and the spiritual essence in the five thousand years of history of the Chinese nation. “Nature” and “man” represent the contradiction in everything and “unity of man and nature” is the pursuit of harmony between man and the nature and the continuous growth in nature and life, therefore it reflects the worldview and the values of the Chinese nation.
It is not only an idea but also a state, a realm and a pursuit.
It is not only an idea but also a state, a realm and a pursuit. Cultural Experience Activity—Come to Wuyuan which is known as China’s most beautiful village and visit Jiangwan which is hometown of great men, Li Hang, an ancient village with the scenery of small bridges over the flowing streams, and village Xiao Qi, an ecological residential homestead. The simple and elegant houses of the Ming Dynasty, the quiet winding streets, the past road paved by bluestone, and the wild and green natural environment, the natural and harmonious beautiful villages and the authentic rustic cuisine all show that ” unity of man and nature ” is everywhere.
The Chinese art and technique of making pottery can be traced back to 4500 years to 2500 years before the Common Era and China had produced very fine ceramics and as early as a thousand years before the European mastered the technique of making pottery.
China’s achievements in science and technology and its pursuit of beauty and shape are reflected through ceramics in many aspects and Chinese porcelain had attracted worldwide admiration due to its high practicality and artistic quality. The English word “china” means both China, the country, but also the ceramics, which is a clear indication that China is the “hometown of ceramics”.
Cultural Experience Activity—Visit the national intangible cultural heritage–Jingdezhen porcelain hand-making performances and learn pottery making. Ceramics master in Jingdezhen will teach you how to make ceramics step by step and you can venture to try to express your feeling for Chinese porcelain in different shapes. The interested students may also draw some picture or stokes on your own pottery, and take the successfully fired small ceramic works back to Australia to treasure.
Let the tour take you to experience the oriental culture.
China is located to the north of the equator with a landscape of 9.6 million square kilometers and it has gone through winds and rains for five thousand years.
China is the home of your ancestors, the home of your parents and the home of you. The home is always waiting for your return and the way home is long, but is not that long as well.
- Application should be made at least 12 school weeks prior to the tour. However, it is recommended to lodge your application 4-6 months in advance.
Tour Jan/Feb 2020: Application lodged by July 2019.
Tour Jul/Aug 2020: Application lodged by Jan 2020.
- The above itinerary is for reference only. Final schedule will be confirmed by the Study Tour Manual. In case of actual flight sequence adjustment, flight delay, weather cause, natural disaster or other force majeure, the actual tour schedule will be adjusted.