Redefining the Classroom

Deadline for community portion of LSSU-led China trip is Feb. 27

Posted: February 14th, 2009

CONTACT: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail; Prof. Guidi Yang, e-mail.

Click here for a slide show of last summer's expedition!

Note: Registration deadline and trip deposit for the community portion of this expedition is due by Febuary 27.

VENICE IN CHINA – Students in the summer 2008 China study group join with community members of expedition to explore the ancient Chinese water town of Zhujiajiao. Enrollment for next summer's China trip is open until Feb. 27. (Courtesy of Guidi Yang)

A print-resolution photo that runs with this caption can be found by clicking here.

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State University's Office of International Education invites you and your family to join its third annual faculty-led trip to China this summer. The expedition is between June 1 and 17, with visits to five major Chinese tourist attractions that encompass the country's rich history and dynamic culture. The application deadline for the trip, along with deposit, is no later than Feb. 27.

Last year's tour included a contingent of students who took courses for LSSU credit through Shanghai University. Students are taking advantage of a similar arrangement this year. But hitting the books isn't on tap for the community portion of this year's trip. The itinerary includes the ancient capital city of Xi’an with sights such as the world-famous Terra-Cotta Warriors, the Xi’an City Defense Wall, the Bell Tower, and a performance of a Tang Dynasty Show.

The Terra-Cotta Warriors are 8,099 larger-than-life Chinese figures of warriors and horses located near the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. Construction began in 246 BC and is believed to have taken 700,000 workers and craftsmen 38 years to complete. The figures vary in height from 6 to 6 1/2 feet according to rank, the tallest being the generals. Local farmers who were drilling a well discovered the figures in 1974.

Artists with the Shaanxi Provincial Song & Dance Troupe started the Tang Dynasty Show in 1981. The program highlights music, costume, and dance from the Tang dynasty, AD 618 through 907, the region's most peaceful and prosperous time.

A four-day trip goes to China's current capital city, Beijing, for visits to World Cultural Heritage sites like the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, a Ming Tomb, followed by two evening shows - one of which is the Beijing Opera.

A one-day excursion heads to Suzhou, while a two-day trip is planned for Hangzhou. These are two of some of the most scenic areas in China. Also on tap is a four-day trip to China’s financial and commercial center, Shanghai.

Applications for the trip and a $1,600 program fee deposit are due no later than Feb. 27. Director of International Education Guidi Yang encourages anyone interested in the trip to respond quickly, for it takes six to eight weeks to obtain a passport, and one to two more weeks to get a visa from the Chinese consulate general in Chicago or, for Canadians, Toronto.

A full payment of $3,845 USD is due April 22. The price includes round-trip airfare between Sault Ste. Marie - or from a nearby airport in the U.S. - and China, travel insurance, lodging plus two meals a day (lunch and dinner), all side trips, and any admission fees.

For more information or to reserve a spot for the trip, email LSSU's international education office. An application form can be downloaded from the international education web site. Send completed application forms and deposits (payable to Lake Superior State University) to: Guidi Yang, 114 Arts Center, Lake Superior State University, 650 W. Easterday Ave. Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. 49783, or stop by the Office of International Education in 114 Arts Center.

You may also contact Yang at 906-635-2181 or Thomas Schirer at 906-635-2593 for more information.