Trip Information

Traditional and Modern China

Developing at a pace that is remarkable to behold, China offers students a mix of historical and modern features through a tour of businesses in Shanghai, Suzhou, Tianjin and Beijing. Explore the Bund, Yu Garden, Old Town, Urban Planning Museum, Nanjing Road, Shanghai museum, Humble Administrator’s Garden, Tiger Hill, the Grand Canal, the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Panda Hall of the Beijing Zoo, Summer Palace, Jingyuan Garden, Mutianyu Great Wall and Olympic Park. Experience business practices in China through visits to Lenovo Ltd, Seagull Watch Factory, Airbus Manufacturing Plant, Canature Environmental Products, a Chinese medicine clinic, a silk factory and a foreign ministry. Visit a local family, make dumplings and enjoy a meal together. Participate in Tai Chi and learn about this ancient martial art.


When:August 1–11, 2019


Bill Jefferson, Laura Chambers

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Cost: $3,475 + airfare, tuition.

*Scholarships may be available to Pell Grant-eligible students.

Package includes:Guidance of two MCC faculty; local, English-speaking guide, accommodations, several meals and ground transportation in China, medical and repatriation insurance.

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A travelogue is often considered as a record made by a voyager. It can contain descriptions of the traveler's experiences and is normally written during the course of the journey. Dr. Art Durand used Windows Photo Story to add effects, transitions and also added background music to create a video with pan and zoom effects.

Metro & More
Metro and More is a discussion show recorded in a studio at Metropolitan Community College The show explores the College’s campus locations and more than 100 programs offering, as well as the many partnerships and how the college serves their students in the community. Click on the link to the left to view Dr. Art Durand talk about the China experience at MCC.

Jianguo Pei
Jianguo Pei, "JG" was born in Qufu in Shandong Province, the birthplace of Confucius. Since 1995 JG has lived in Sri Lanka, Maldives, Thailand, Singapore and the United States. His company, Culture Impressions International LLC, was established to provide cultural education and cultural exchanges between the United States and China, and other countries of the world.

Hints as you prepare to study in China:

  • Bring a copy of your passport's first page, copies of all your credit card numbers and the phone numbers to call to report lost credit cards. Keep these in a separate location from your wallet or purse. It's also a good idea to leave copies of all these numbers with a friend or relative back home. Should you lose your passport or credit cards, having this information will be invaluable.
  • Research your medical insurance provided by Metropolitan Community College so that you know how to use it if needed while traveling.
  • Bring comfortable shoes and clothing that are appropriate for warm or cool weather.
  • Bring two sets of all prescription medicines that you must take and pack them in different locations in case one bag gets lost. Also bring a copy of your written prescriptions, including those for eyeglasses and contacts.
  • Bring an extra fold-up bag that you can unzip and fill with purchases as you travel. Make sure it is sturdy enough to bring back as luggage and bring a name/identification tag for it.
  • Bring your sense of humor and an open mind.
  • Do as much personal research as possible prior to departure. If you enjoy reading on flights, bring material for reading. Maps are often cheaper and more available in the country you're visiting.
  • Bring lots of film or additional memory for your digital camera. Film is often fresher and cheaper in the U.S.
  • Bring a small flashlight. Many countries have power outages and a flashlight can come in handy
  • Research electrical current needs. A possible site for this is
  • Bring a small carry-on with an extra set of clothes. Should the worst happen and your bag is lost, you will have a change of clothes until your bag catches up with you. If you must take daily medication, bring a two-day supply with you in the carry-on.
  • Check on your air carrier website for the latest baggage restrictions.
  • Check for the latest airport security information.
  • If possible, begin a walking or exercise program prior to departure so that you are better equipped to handle the physical requirements of the trip.
  • Visit your medical professional or a travel clinic to prepare for necessary vaccinations or other health needs. Carry vaccination records with you. Consider car or airplane sickness needs when you consult your medical professional.
  • Tell family you will contact them within 8 hours of arrival, not immediately. Traffic, exchanging currency, getting phones all takes time
  • Limit luggage to a size and type that you will be able to easily move on your own as you travel with the study abroad program.
  • Remember: Cords for battery charging of cameras, iPods etc.
  • Bring your own supply of over the counter medicine e.g. aspirin, anti nausea, band aids etc.
  • Many international travelers use their bank cards to access local currency. Check with your bank prior to departure to make sure you understand the fees and they know you are traveling.
  • Learn to say hello in Chinese and repeat often where ever you go!