Adventures in Ancient China
Student travelers are invited to experience China as it was in ages past, from walled cities, vibrant temples, to mountain scenery. The emphasis is on three regions where significant ancient sites and landscapes have been preserved into modern times. Travelers will visit eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, encounter objects from the past in some of China’s best museums, delve into regional cuisines, and experience heritage tourism like a local. See everything from the Bronze Age wonders of the first capitols of Bronze Age China – Anyang in the Yellow River Valley – the idealized center of Chinese civilization and the rival Shu culture of Sichuan at Jinsha and Sanxindui in Chengdu, to the beginning of imperial history under China’s first emperor Qin Shui Huang. The trip ends with a climb to the summit of the sacred Buddhist mountain Mt. Emei, with stops at several of the notable grottoes, monasteries and nunneries along the way. Major themes include the emergence of social complexity in China, craft specialization and production, and exchange. Students will explore the debates around how ceramics, jade, and bronze relate to the creation of hierarchical societies and settlement patterns.
This trip was planned by Ryan Wheeler, director of the Peabody Museum and Anne Martin-Montgomery of Philadelphia, director of Chinese for Families, a Mandarin-as-second-language educational program for children and adults. Anne has traveled extensively in China and has a Master’s in Anthropology specializing in Neolithic archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania.
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