Study & Travel for summer

Program Description

True China offers STUDY & TRAVEL opportunities for those interested in learning Mandarin exploring Chinese culture and traveling through China. We customize our programs based on the age of the group, duration the group will be in China and interests of the group. True China offer classes from primary school to college level usually ranging in length from 2-4 weeks. Shorter and longer stays are available upon your request.

There is no better city to do this than Chengdu. Beijing is known for its tradition and Shanghai for its international atmosphere, but Chengdu which is known as “the Land of Abundance” (also Heavenly State) with all the surrounding citiesand countryside, and a city different from modern cities like Beijing and Shanghai. It blends traditional Chinese culture and the modern technical world together, giving its residents the best of both worlds. the modern sense perfectly, thus, you will experience the distinct natural scenery, diverse ethnic cultures and meanwhile touch the fashion of the city.

Guests that join our Study & Travel program will have the opportunity to talk with locals, while practicing their Chinese and learning Mahjong. Guests will also be able to speak to expats that have migrated to China from the U.S., the U.K and many other countries.

During the journey, there will be a range of different cultural activities offered daily such as visiting archeological sites, modern museums, watching the Sichuan opera and exploring the alleys.

Time length and difficulty of Chinese class, can be customized according to customer's demand.





Program Introduction

Fees(for sample itinerary)

First week in Chengdu:       $2800 USD

Optional itineraries:

Volunteer activity in Panda Base:

$288 USD/ per day(up to 5 days)

3 days in Jiu Zhai Valley:

$1488 USD

3 days in Xi'an:

$1420 USD

3 days in Shanghai:

$1300 USD

5 days in Beijing:

$1730 USD

5 days in Yunnan:

$1700 USD

 


Application Requirements:

Guests ages 6 to 50. We strongly recommend the guests who are under 13 attend the program with an adult.

NOTE:A minors(under 18) may be asked to provide a copy of their birth certificate and a photocopy of parents’ passports. If the parent does not have a passport, then a parental letter of authorization may be accepted instead.


Accommodation: 

Accommodation will be planned upon your request and budget. You will know your accommodation plan before you leave for China. Below are some options for accomodation.

Hotel: You will be welcomed by high quality hotel, four-star standard orabove is guaranteed.




Dorms:You may have a private room or double room in astudent apartment on Chengdu, Shanghai, Beijing college campuses. Some of theuniversities you will reside are located on the following campuses: Sichuan University (Chengdu), Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (Chengdu), Donghua University (Shanghai), Beijing Language and Culture University (Beijing). A confirmation of which university thestudent will stay on will be determined before you arrive in China.

NOTE The overseas student apartments includes  a twin-bed in aprivate room. Each room has a bed, desk, chair, wardrobe, independent bathroom with 24-hour hot water, TV, air-conditioner and internet access. There is usually a public kitchen and a laundry room.




Homestay: By living with local Chinese families you can enjoy traditionalChinese lifestyle and experience local customs. Host families are carefully selected and True China provides a training course before host families welcomeour distinguished guests. It is also very important for both parties to respectthe local costumes and learn from them.


Course Level:
Chinese Classes
True China will give students have a Chinese proficiency test when they have their first Chinese class in China to see their Chinese level, after, True China will divide students into different classes depending on your Chinese proficiency.

Cultural Classes

For cultural classes(English-taught) True China offers classes in traditional instruments, Chinese painting, Taichi, Chinese chess, paper-cutting, Tea ceremony, Chinese Han costume appreciation, Peking opera painting, Chinese calligraphy, Traditional Chinese medicine, pottery, engraving class and other Chinese cultural classes. You can make your own choices and True China will schedule the classes for you.



 


Sample Itinerary

 

Day

Description

Accommodation:

Day 1:

Saturday

Arrive in Chengdu and check in accommodation.

Hotel/Dorms/Homestay

Day 2:

Sunday

Visit the Giant Panda Base and meet host families.

Hotel/Dorms/Homestay

Day 3:

Monday

Opening Ceremony

&

Chinese class

Chinese cultural class and activities

Hotel/Dorms/Homestay

Day 4:

Tuesday

Chinese class

Chinese cultural class and activities

Hotel/Dorms/Homestay

Day 5:

Wednesday

Chinese class

Chinese cultural class and activities

Hotel/Dorms/Homestay

Day 6:

Thursday

Chinese class

Chinese cultural class and activities

Hotel/Dorms/Homestay

Day 7:

Friday

Chinese class

Chinese cultural class and activities

Hotel/Dorms/Homestay

Day 8:

Saturday

Closing Ceremony for Chengdu and departure to next destination city

Hotel/Dorms/Homestay

Optional Itinerary

1-5 days in Panda Base

To be a volunteer in True China partner Panda Base and make close contact with giant pandas.

Hotel: 3-star or above

3 days in Jiuzhai Valley

Jiuzhai Valley takes its name from the nine Tibetan villages along the valley.

Jiuzhai Valley’s landscape is made up of high-altitude karsts shaped by glacial, hydrological and tectonic activity. Jiuzhaigou's best-known feature is its dozens of blue, green and turquoise-colored lakes. Some lakes have a high concentration of calcium carbonate, and the water is so clear the bottom is often visible even at deep depths. The lakes vary in color and aspect according to their depths, residues, and surroundings.

Hotel: 4-star or above

3 days in Xi’an

Visit the Terracotta Army, Tang Paradise and enjoy the famous water-screen movie at night. Shopping and having snacks in the Muslim street. Visit the ancient City Walls, also you can cycle and view the panorama of the old city. After that, we may visit the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda located in a famous temple named Da Ci’en Temple.  

Hotel: 4-star or above

 3 days in Shanghai

We will  climb the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden which is a famous garden in south China, it was once famed as the “top beauty in Southeast China.” You can also take leisure at Chenghuang Temple. In the evening, we will enjoy the tour on the Huangpu River by cruise to see the brilliant Shanghai and The Bund. The Bund is the cultural section of Shanghai that best represents the blending of ancient and modern influences. This renowned waterfront district is the city’s most famous landmark.

Hotel: 4-star or above

5 days in Beijing

We will go to The Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, South Luogu Lane, Shichahai Area, and take the old–fashioned Pedicab to visit the historical sites behind the main street to narrow alleys by Hutongs, where you can see traditional courtyard residences of the city. In the evening, we will enjoy the Kungfu Show or Acrobatics Show.

Hotel: 4-star or above

5 days in Yunnan Province

Yunnan, is a province  located in the far southwest of the country. It spans approximately 394,000 square kilometers (152,000 sq mi). The province borders Vietnam, Laos, and Burma.

Due to its beautiful landscapes, mild, pleasant climate and cultural diversity, is one of China's major tourist destinations.

We will visit the ancient Dali City, Lijiang Old and Shuhe Old Town and climb the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

Hotel: 4-star or above



Chinese Class: Students will be placed into classes of different levels according to their proficiency in Chinese upon enrollment. Like elementary class, intermediate class or advanced class, the learning content will be different. Usually, Chinese classes will have comprehensive contents, students will learn Chinese Character ,Pinyin and dialogues in each class. And during the 2.5 hours class, students will have a 10 minutes’ break.

 

Dinner: Normally, students will have dinner at the hostschool, and GreatChina will organize at least twice dinner together, includinghot-pot, Sichuan Cuisine or other typical Chinese food.


City Tour

WuhouShrine:  WuhouShrine is the most influential museum of the Three Kingdom relics in China. It was built in honor of Zhuge Liang during the Western Jin period (265-316 AD).Zhuge Liang was a famous military and political strategist who was the Prime Minister of the Shu Han State during the Three Kingdoms period (220-280 AD). The Shrine highlights the Zhuge Liang Memorial Temple and the Hall of Liu Bei (the founder of the Shu Han kingdom). The shrine show cases cultural relics such as stone inscriptions and tablets as well. The Hui Mausoleum of Liu Bei represents aunique pattern of enshrining both the King and his subjects in the same temple, a rarity in China.

JinLi:  Jinli is a street in Chengdu that many visitors and locals enjoy. The street is about 550 meters long and part of the Temple of Marquis. The buildings are Qing Dynasty style and the alleys are full of artisanal food vendors and vendors selling handcrafts. It’s a great place to souvenir shop, try the local food, buy and drink traditional Chinese tea and watch the atrical shows. 

Wideand Narrow Alley: The Wide and Narrow Alleys were first built during the Qing dynasty for Manchu soldiers.It is another popular visitor location, but locals also enjoy wondering the alleys. The historical architecture has been well preserved and was a residential area until 2003. The local government wanted to transform the area so others can enjoy the architecture. restaurants, tea houses, bars and avant-garde galleries.

Cuisine Bus: Chengdu is famous for its abundance of food, UNESCO declared Chengdu as a city of gastronomy in 2011 in order to recognize the sophistication of its cooking. There is even a public bus (No. 154) that is known to have delicious cuisines upon every stop! If you don’t know what to eat,you can just take NO.154 Bus and take off in any stop you like.

Mount Qingcheng: Mount Qingcheng is a mountain with 36 peaks, located about 50 miles away from Chengdu. It is regarded one of the most important centers of Taoism in China. Mount Qingcheng’s highest peak is measured at 5,200 ft above sea level, so it enjoysa cool climate and is surrounded by lush green trees and waterways throughout the year. Mount Qingcheng's Fujian Temple, Tianshi Cave, and Shizu Hall aresome of the most well known Taoist holy sites that still exist today. Shangqing temple is the reward you will see after you have hiked tothe top which is noted for its evening phosphorescent glow, and thelocals refer to the glow as "holy light".

Dujiangyan Irrigation Project: The Dujiangyan Irrigation Project is a World Cultural Heritage site which was constructed 2,000 years ago. Amazingly, the irrigation continues to benefit more than 40 neighboring counties today. It is the oldest and only surviving irrigation system in the world without a dam, and is considered to be a wonder in the development of Chinese irrigation works. Chengdu nickname “The Land of Abundance,” is partially due to the benefits from the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project.

Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base: China’s most treasured and protected animal is the giant panda. It is one of the rarest animals in the world, sitting at the top of the endangered animal list. There are only about 1,600 left in the wild and just 300 pandas live in zoos and breeding centers, mostly in China. Visitors flock to see baby pandas and their parents. The panda base is also inhabited by other endangered wildlife, including red pandas, swans, peacocks, birds, butterflies and hundreds of insects. The base is a good place for families and animal lovers to stroll around, enjoy the fresh air and take pictures.

Jiuzhai Valley: Jiuzhai Valley is a nature reserve and national park located in the north of Sichuan, China. It was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and a World Biosphere Reserve. Jiuzhai Valley takes its name from the Tibetan villages are dotted along the valley. It is known for its waterfalls, colorful lakes, and snow-capped peaks. Jiuzhai Valley’s best-known feature is its dozens of blue, green, and turquoise-colored lakes. The local Tibetan people call them “Haizi” in Chinese, meaning “son of the sea.” Some lakes have a high concentration of calcium carbonate, and their water is very clear so that the bottom is often visible even at high depths. The lakes vary in color, depths, residues, and surroundings.

Sanxingdui Museum: Archaeological discoveries at the Sanxingdui sites have established that the Chengdu region was inhabited over four thousand years ago and was an important center of a unique ancient culture. During the period of Shang and Zhou dynastic, this region was the center of Shu culture. The main collection highlights the Ancient City of Chengdu, Ancient Shu State and Ancient Shu Culture, while displaying thousands of valuable relics including earthen ware, jade wares, bone objects, gold wares, and bronzes that have been unearthed from the No.1 and No.2 Shang-dynasty sacrificial sites.

Special Activities

For all activities you can express what you are interested in and let True China customize them in your itinerary.

Chengdu local agritainment!
Chengdu locals often go agritainment outside of the city for fresh air and delicious farm dishes! With True China you can have a taste of original local farm dishes and even make them by yourself, learn how to play Mahjong with a local master and learn other local games!


YOU are next Panda Volunteer!

In order to rescue and protect the endangered giant panda species, China founded the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (aka “CCRCGP”). In CCRCGP bases, you can learn about the history and physiology of Giant Panda and see panda in different growth stages. You can observe them wandering, eating, and playing in their natural habitat..
True China has cooperated with CCRCGP bases and they have quota for 15 volunteers per day maximum.


What can Panda Volunteers do?
Learn about giant panda.
Make zero-distant contact by making meals for giant pandas and feeding them.
Help giant pandas to keep their houses and playground clean.
Observe giant pandas’ behavior under the instruction of a trainer.
Work under a trainer and help the pandas enjoy their life.


How to be a Panda Volunteer?
Applicants must between 12-65 years old.
Submit application materials under True China' s instruction.

Materials including:
Application form, physical examination report issued by CCRCGP, photocopy of your passport.

Fees: 288 USD per day(up to 5 days) (Including the application fee and administrative fee. )
In this activity it is very important for applicants to follow the trainer’s instruction and the regulation of CCRCGP and applicants should submit application one month in advance.



Mahjong: Think of mahjong in China as the poker in the US, but even more popular. Mahjong is often played outside by the river, on the corner of every street, at a teahouse or at a friend or families home. The rules are simple and it’s easy for learners to play. Mahjong is a social vehicle that brings friends and families together. It isn’t uncommon for business meetings to be conducted over a game of mahjong. On a lighter note, foreigners have played mahjong with candy for fun!

 

TeaHouse: Traditional tea houses in Chengdu usually sit along the river and feature bamboo chairs and wooden tables. They offer avariety of tea including jasmine, longjing and biluochun tea. Traditional teahouses can be spotted on almost every city corner. The tea is usually served with nuts and pared fruits like watermelon. In addition to enjoying a cup of tea and snacking, locals enjoy playing mahjong together which the blocks are usually available at the tea houses. Some tea houses also offer live entertainment such as Sichuan opera shows.

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine: Traditional Chinese medicine uses herbal medicines and various mind and body practices, such as acupuncture and taichi, to treat or prevent health problems. TCM has been used for  more than 2,000 years.  TCM diagnosis aims to trace symptoms topatterns of an under lying disharmony, by measuring the pulse, inspecting the tongue, skin, and eyes, and looking at the eating and sleeping habits of the person as well as  other contributing factors that disturb the balance in the body.

 

Social Activities: We will arrange various activities in and aroundthe city for students, including some volunteering activities. Students will have a chance to study, practice speaking to Chinese students and complete assignments together.  Panda Club members will also have the opportunity to meet with Americans how have lived and worked in China for many years.