From the metropolitan and modern to the rural and historic, China—in all its complexity—must be experienced by today’s global citizen. Join your fellow Princetonians, August 30 – September 12, 2012, for a Journey into China's past, present and future.
This Journey, bookended by two of China’s most important and rapidly evolving cities—Beijing and Shanghai—will provide a look at all the contemporary expectations for this growing nation, while also touching upon the history, natural beauty, and cultural diversity of Tibet and Yunnan, regions unlike any other you will encounter in China or elsewhere. While the program features such extraordinary architecture as the regal Potala Palace, the Olympic venues in Beijing, and the ultra-modern skyscrapers in Shanghai, it also highlights natural wonders, as well, such as Tiger Leaping Gorge and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
As you delve into the southwest of China, learn of the ancient traditions of China’s rural minority Naxi and Bai people in Lijiang. Visit Zhongdian, touted as the true Shangri-la, as well as Tibet, often referred to as "the Rooftop of the World". Both are extraordinary locations, with breathtaking landscape and stunning creations of man where one can discover the fascinating art, history, spirituality, and grand architecture of Tibetan culture.
Three optional extensions are available: Chengde Imperial Palace (Aug. 27-31), Xian & the Yangzi River (Sept. 12-17), and Guilin (Sept. 12-16).
About the Study Leader
Lynn T. White, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Emeritus, will serve as Princeton Study Leader. A specialist in Asian development with an emphasis on China, Professor White takes particular interest in comparative revolutions and reforms, the modernization of economic institutions, and comparative organization. He is the author of Unstately Power: Local Causes of China's Reforms, Careers in Shanghai, and Policies of Chaos, which was the winner of the Levenson Book Award. He has published articles in the American Political Science Review, China Quarterly, Journal of Asian Studies, Modern China, and other publications. His current research projects include studies of elections in several East Asian countries, the effects of globalization in Taiwan, and U.S. perceptions of China's reforms. On this journey, Professor White will not only give an overview of 4,000 years of Chinese political history but will also speak on China's modern economic boom.