China

The Yangtze River

A 4-week Summer Abroad Program

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Duration
30 Days
Description

Examine trends in economic development, environmental policy and resource management along Asia’s longest river.

Dates

Jun 28 - Jul 28, 2017


Suggested Ages

16-18

Number of Participants

12


Availability

closed

Begins In

5 Weeks

Land Cost

$6,985


Estimated Flight Cost

$2,010

Beijing

Shanghai

Nanjing

Chongqing

Program Overview

From its headwaters in the highlands of Tibet to the delta in Shanghai, this program follows the Yangtze River as it rushes nearly 4,000 miles across southern China.


Asia’s longest river has shaped China’s cultural traditions, agricultural practices, regional politics and industrial development for thousands of years. Students on this course will gain firsthand insight into the lives of the estimated 550 million people who live along the banks of this vital waterway.

Our course begins in the Tibetan Kingdom of Amdo, where Tibetan Buddhist monasteries are the pillars of local culture and pilgrims still arrive with yak butter offerings each day. After our first rural home-stays, we journey east through Sichuan Province, meeting with farmers and environmental activists in this renowned “Land of Abundance”.

Our downriver journey takes us to Chongqing, an industrial city situated at the confluence of the blue Jialing River and the golden Yangtze. Sitting on the banks, we watch as porters haul cargo on bamboo shoulder poles, shrimp fisherman cast their nets, and monks ascend to a Taoist monastery overlooking the city. We travel by boat 360 miles…

Asia’s longest river has shaped China’s cultural traditions, agricultural practices, regional politics and industrial development for thousands of years. Students on this course will gain firsthand insight into the lives of the estimated 550 million people who live along the banks of this vital waterway.

Our course begins in the Tibetan Kingdom of Amdo, where Tibetan Buddhist monasteries are the pillars of local culture and pilgrims still arrive with yak butter offerings each day. After our first rural home-stays, we journey east through Sichuan Province, meeting with farmers and environmental activists in this renowned “Land of Abundance”.

Our downriver journey takes us to Chongqing, an industrial city situated at the confluence of the blue Jialing River and the golden Yangtze. Sitting on the banks, we watch as porters haul cargo on bamboo shoulder poles, shrimp fisherman cast their nets, and monks ascend to a Taoist monastery overlooking the city. We travel by boat 360 miles downstream to the world’s largest hydroelectric project, the Three Gorges Dam. Local experts provide insight into the myriad issues related to power generation, environmental destruction, and China’s age-old struggle to control water resources.

Continuing east, we pass through the cultural center of Nanjing, exploring the Ming Dynasty canals in the Jiangnan region, and eventually arriving in Shanghai. Standing on the docks of the world’s busiest port, we reflect on all we’ve learned about how this river shapes and has been shaped by the millions of people who rely on it for food, transportation, power and inspiration.

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Program Components

3/5
Comparative Religion

Introduction to Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Marxism.

5/5
Development Studies

Development, energy and environmental issues, water, land-use and resource management.

5/5
Focus Of Inquiry

Environmental studies, ancient and modern history, political studies, ethnic and regional diversity

3/5
Home Stay

Unique rural home-stay (subject to change in the event of government restriction)

2/5
Independent Study Project (ISP)

Focused on observation/documentation of issues related to the river, place comparisons

2/5
Language Study

We engage in basic Mandarin, Mandarin dialect, and Tibetan language study

2/5
Learning Service

Limited service opportunities due to the political climate of many areas we visit

3/5
Rugged Travel

Extensive train and bus travel; domestic flight; hiking; remote village stay

2/5
Trekking

Trekking in Tibetan Qinghai and in southern Sichuan

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