Field Trips in China
During the China Study Abroad semester, students will partake in several field-trips that are included in the cost of the program. Towards the beginning of the semester, students will be in Xi’an where they will visit the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. This army was built around 200 BCE and is 8,000 terracotta soldiers large with 130 chariots, 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses that are life-sized and all created from terracotta clay. It was built to protect the emperor in his afterlife. The students will also visit the adjacent museum and have a chance to learn more about its history. While in Beijing, students will also get to climb the Great Wall, wander through the Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, and step on the largest city plaza in the world, Tiananmen Square.
Another trip students have to look forward to is at the conclusion of the program. Prior to departing for the U.S., students will have the opportunity to explore one of the most modern and most expensive cities in the world – Hong Kong, which is officially considered as a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. The group will have a chance to conclude their academic studies by exploring the fashion, art, food, shopping, and all of the historical sites that Hong Kong has to offer – a place that is truly a sophisticated fusion of the East and the West.
In addition to these trips, the cohort will take day-long field trips to explore the current locations they are living in. Midway through the semester, there is also a week-long trip to Thailand to visit a Christian retreat center and witness the ministry work being done in Chiang Mai. It will also provide for a nice change of pace from the hustle and bustle of city life in China and allow students to refresh and refocus on their studies.