A series of leadership development seminars that culminates with a thirteen day European experience.
Beijing and Shanghai trip (date range: May 8 - 18, 2018). *This is a 9-day trip, exact departure and return dates will not be determined until early semester but will fall within the published trip date range.
Day 1: Fly to China
Meet your group and travel on an overnight flight to Beijing.
Day 2: Beijing
Arrive in Beijing: Welcome to Beijing, capital of China.
Tonight, you'll join your group for a cultural dinner.
Day 3: Beijing
Sightseeing tour of Beijing:
An expert guide will introduce you to Beijing, a treasure chest of imperial monuments.
Guided tour of the Summer Palace: Explore the tiered pagodas on the magical garden grounds of the Summer Palace. Cross nearby Kunming Lake on your dragon boat ride(seasonal) and see man-made Longevity Hill rise up off the water.
Visit the Forbidden City: Cross a moat and protective wall on your way into the Forbidden City, whose grandeur was once accessible only to the emperor. Venture inside and see the palatial, golden-roofed Imperial Palace.
Guided tour of Tiananmen Square: Stand in Tiananment Square, the world's largest public square and a site of frequent political protests. Images of the 1989 protests, which led to the death of hundreds of Chinese citizens, still hold a somber place in popular consciousness. Tonight, join your group for dinner.
Day 4: Badaling | Beijing
Great Wall of China: Travel north to Badaling to view one of the Seven Wonders of the World -- the Great Wall of China. Its construction began in the 5th century B.C. as a defense against the Mongols, and 300,000 people(many of whom are buried in the wall) labored on it over several centuries. The Great Wall extends across mountains and valleys for more than 3,000 miles -- perhaps only a tenth of its former length.
Tea ceremony: Experience the timeless flavos and age-old tradition of a local tea ceremony.
Rickshaw tour of hutongs: Enjoy your ried on a rickshaw, a passenger cart that's pulled by a person pedaling or walking in front. You'll ride through hutongs, the ancient city alleys or lanes that are typical in Beijing. Today, hutongs still provide access to dwellings for half of the city's urban population.
+Legend of Kung Fu show: This popular show is sure to impress with its combination of ornate costumes, vibrant set design, and gravity-defying kung fu moves.
Day 5: Beijing
Free day: Today you're free to explore Beijing however you'd like.
Peking Duck dinner: Share a regional specialty and traditional side dishes with your group at a delicious Peking Duck dinner.
Day 6: Shanghai
Train to Shanghai: Take a high-speed train from Beijing to Shanghai, China's largest and most cosmopolitan city.
Visit the Shanghai World Financial Center: With 101 floors, the Shanghai WOrld Financial Center is home to a wide variety of businesses and services. At a height of 1,555 feet, the observation deck offers spectacular views of the city.
Dinner: Reflect on the day's activities over dinner with your group.
Day 7: Shangai
Sightseeing tour of Shanghai: Explore Shanghai, a nexus point of ancient customs and modern technology, on a sightseeing tour. Visit the Jade Buddha Temple, whose extraordinary Buddhas were each sculpted from a single piece of Burmese white jade.
Visit the Yu Yuan Garden: Take in the glorious showplace of classical Chinese landscaping dating back to 1537.
Free time at the Bund and Nanjing Lu: Once considered the "Wall Street of the East," the Bund is a waterfront promenade offering a postcard-perfect view of Shanghai's famous skyline. Stop by the storefronts on colorful Nanjing Lu and pick up a keepsake.
Acrobatics show: End your evening with a lively performance, showcasing one of China's most popular art forms.
Day 8: Shanghai
Free day: Enjoy a free day in Shanghai. You might choose to visit People's Square, a large public square in the heart of the city, or the impressive Shanghai Museum. Tonight you'll rejoin your group for dinner.
Day 9: Depart for home
Your Tour Director assists with your transfer to the airport, where you'll check in for your flight home.
September 13 at 12:00pm & 5:00pm
PSU Heritage Room
Leadership Seminar Dates
All seminars will begin at 6:30pm in the North Fork.
January 22, 2017
February 5 & 26, 2017
March 12, 2017
April 2 & 16, 2017