China: Ethnic Minorities and Contemporary Culture

Discover the traditions and contemporary daily lives of remote minority cultures in China

offered by Experiment In International Living

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Please visit our website for more information. Experience the rich cultural diversity of China in a high school summer abroad program that introduces you to remote ethnic minority cultures in China, including Miao, Dong, Buyi, and Zhuang communities. Learn about the history of these cultures and current government policies affecting these minority communities. Spend time in the beautiful and remote rural landscape of southern China. Be introduced to field plowing and rice production, and learn about traditional crafts and trades such as papermaking, watercolor painting, batik, embroidery, weaving, and blacksmithing. Contrast daily life in rural communities with life in the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Luoyang, and Xi’an. Begin your exploration of China’s cultures in the capital city, Beijing, where you’ll see important sites such as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall. Next, discover the rich history of Luoyang, one of the four great ancient capitals of China. Visit temples and learn about the history of Buddhism in China. Spend time in Xi’an, one of China’s oldest cities. Study Chinese language and see important historic and cultural sites, including the famous Terra-Cotta Warriors. Two homestay experiences — one in a city and one in a rural village — allow you to experience daily life in China in very different contexts. Throughout the program, you’ll attend performances of traditional dancing and singing and see stunning natural sites such as Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park and Moon Hill. End your experience in China with three days of exploration and reflection in Shanghai, where you will visit a number of important sites such as Yuyuan Garden, Old City, Longhua Temple, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Nanjing Road, and The Bund. Chinese high school students will accompany you during a portion of the program. Orientation: Beijing, 3–4 days Homestay: Guiyang, 5–6 days; Xijiang, 5–6 days Other Accommodations: Hotels and hostels


  • Chinese Language
  • Culture


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