Two weeks in Shanghai and Beijing to get to know a faraway country and its people, to discover that knowledge of English language is really the key to get to know the world.
We will learn and practice English and Chinese walking on the Great Wall, buying bubble tea at the Shanghai market, visiting the different royal rooms of the forbidden city; we will also learn Kung fu, we will learn to play new musical instruments and how to decorate chinese products
We will learn English and Chinese
We will live with Chinese families
We will explore China
We will visit the most famous Chinese attractions
We will have fun together
And finally, we will also see the pandas!
Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), as one of the higher education institutions which enjoy a long history and a world-renowned reputation in China, is a key university directly under the administration of the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the People's Republic of China and co-constructed by MOE and Shanghai Municipal Government. Through 121 years' unremitting efforts, SJTU has become a comprehensive, research-oriented, and internationalized top university in China. Today SJTU has 64 undergraduate programs covering 9 major disciplines: economics, law, literature, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, management and arts. SJTU enjoys an increasingly high scientific research level and technology innovation level. Up to 2016, SJTU led the country for the 7th consecutive year in terms of both the project number and the amount of money issued by National Natural Science Foundation of China. With a deep cultural background, a centuries-old tradition in education, a history of strenuous development and great results achieved by the opening of the reform, SJTU has attracted attention both inside and outside China. Carrying on the mission of preserving the cultural heritage and seeking the truth, with the responsibility of reinvigorating the Chinese nation and developing for the benefits of humanity. With profound cultural background, an age-old tradition on education, strenuous development history, and great achievements made since the reform and opening up, SJTU has attracted wide attention both inside and outside China. Carrying the mission of preserving cultural heritage, and seeking for the truth, bearing the responsibility of invigorating the Chinese nation and developing for the benefits of mankind, today this centennial university is sailing for the aim of becoming a comprehensive, research-oriented and internationalized world-class university.
As a large museum of ancient Chinese art, the Shanghai Museum boasts a collection of 140,000 precious relics, with bronzes, pottery, paintings and calligraphy. The abundance and quality of the collection have enjoyed an excellent reputation both at home and abroad. The Museum was founded in 1952, originally located in the ancient Shanghai Race Club, 325 West Nanjing Road, and has since been continuously developed. The museum was moved to the ancient Zhonghui Building, 16 South Henan Road, in October 1959. In 1992, the Shanghai Municipal Government decided to assign People's Square, the true city center, the new Museum Shanghai. Covering an area of 39,200 ㎡, with a height of 29.5 m, the celestial circular dome and the squared base of the earth that symbolize the philosophy of a spherical sky and a square ground, create an extraordinary visual effect. The Shanghai Museum is a unique architectural combination in which traditional culture and modern spirit come together, making it an exception among the many museums in the world.
Xīntiāndì has been a Shànghǎi icon for a decade or more. Located in the heart of the city of Shanghai, south of Huaihai Zhong Road, is the center of luxury entertainment and shopping, formed in the alleys of traditional houses. Xintiandi was the first icon of economic development in the city demonstrating that historic architecture has a great commercial impact. Elsewhere it might seem obvious, but in the 21st century China, it was a true revelation. Wealthy customers and outdoor dining make Xintiandi very lively and if you're looking for an unforgettable meal or browsing through Shanghai's most fashionable boutiques, you're in the right place. The heart of the complex consists of the traditional Shikumen houses, mostly rebuilt, renovated in a modern and elegant style. There are two worthwhile sights – the Shíkùmén Open House Museum and the Site of the 1st National Congress of the CCP
This 468-meter-high reinforced concrete structure that rests on a tripod base is the most symbolic contemporary building in the city and its image is reproduced everywhere, from postcards to t-shirts. Like it or not, its style typical of the Deng Xiaoping era is inadvertently retro, in a mix of science-fiction lines and Soviet brutalist architecture. Inside, the highlight is the Trasparente Observatory (259m), a glass floor walkway with a breathtaking view of the landscape below. Other features of the tower include a revolving restaurant at 267m high, a floor with the observatory, a 5D cinema and a roller coaster inside.
The Wild Animal Park in Shanghai is located in the new area of Pudong, about 35 km from the city center. The Wild Animal Park in Shanghai is the first wild zoo in the country and is one of the largest zoological parks in China, covering an area of 153 hectares. The wild animal park is very popular with visitors who love wild animals. In the park, visitors will interact with animals, can touch and feed them. All the animals in the park live in natural habitats. On the contrary, to see wild animals, visitors will be sheltered inside a bus, to see them in their natural wild habitat. The park is in fact divided into two areas: one for walking and one accessible to buses. There are over 200 rare species and over 10,000 animals from around the world, including giraffes, zebras, white rhinos and hunting leopards. Some animals are under special protection and include giant pandas, golden monkeys, tigers from southern China, Asian elephants and many others.
In the heart of Beijing, surrounded by 3.5 km of city walls, the Forbidden City, UNESCO heritage, is the largest and best preserved collection of ancient buildings and the largest palace in the world. This spiritual palace was the solitary home of two dynasties of imperial rue, with over 900 buildings and an entourage of eunuchs, servants and concubines, until the Republic dethroned the last Qing emperor in 1911. The Forbidden City is an approximation of the Chinese “Zijin Cheng”, a poetic epithet that also refers to the purple color and the polar star, considered the emperor's heavenly seat. Officially it’s called Palace Museum, a public institution founded in 1925 after Puyi, the last emperor, was evicted from the internal court; most Chinese simply call it Ancient Palace. Because of its vastness, restoration is a continuous effort, with the ambitious plan to have 80% of the building open to visitors in 2020. In 2015, many sections of the perimeter wall were opened, offering views of the south of the complex. A year later, the Royal Icehouse has seen the light of day, hosting a restaurant that offers pasta and simple dishes.
The Great Wall is one of the biggest and most famous conquests of the ancient China, with 19 different dynasties that contributed to its construction from the 7th century BC. to the XVI century after Christ. The Great Wall is the longest and most consistent wall outof many sections. Wandering from east to west China like a giant dragon, crossing a changing topography of deserts, grasslands, plateaus and mountains, has no equal in the world in terms of size and breadth. The Juyong Pass, also known as the Great Wall of Juyongguan, is located near Badaling, in the southern part of Changping County. This is one of the recently restored parts of the historic Great Wall. The wall is located in the middle of a ravine of about 20 kilometers. North of the Great Wall of Juyongguan, there is an important city, Zhangjiakou, while Beijing is in the southern part. The Juyong Pass is a world heritage site and is protected to maintain the national and cultural heritage of the place. For a long time the Pass was considered a military stronghold.
Peking University is a comprehensive and national key university. The campus, known as "Yan Yuan"（the garden of Yan, is situated at Haidian District in the western suburb of Beijing, with a total area of 2,743,532 square metres (or 274 hectares). Peking University is proud of its outstanding faculty, including 53 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), 7 members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), and 14 members of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). The university has effectively combined research on important scientific subjects with the training of personnel with a high level of specialized knowledge and professional skill as demanded by the country's socialist modernization. It strives not only for improvements in teaching and research work, but also for the promotion of interaction and mutual promotion among various disciplines. Thus Peking University has become a center for teaching and research and a university of a new type, embracing diverse branches of learning such as basic and applied sciences, social sciences and the humanities, and sciences of medicine, management, and education. Its aim is to rank among the world's best universities in the future.
Friday - Flight To China
Saturday - Arrival in China, meeting with the host family, time to relax and recover from the flight
Sunday - School orientation and welcome party
Monday - Visit to Shanghai University Jiao-tong, basic dialogues in Chinese
Tuesday - Visit to the Shanghai museum, Chinese calligraphy
Wednesday - Visit to Xintiandi and Tianzifang, Chinese musical instruments
Thursday - Visit to the Oriental Pearl Tower, Chinese Kung fu
Friday - Visit Shanghai Zoo (Panda), work with Chinese ceramics
Saturday - Full Day with the host family
Sunday - Full Day with the host family
Monday - Departure for Beijing by high-speed train, check-in at the hotel
Tuesday - Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
Wednesday - Visit to the Great Wall of China
Thursday - Visit to Peking University
Friday - Return Flight
English and Chinese lessons will be led by certified mother tongue English teachers. Classes will be in the classroom during the first week in Shanghai (30 hours), and while travelling around Beijing. Language is alive, it’s a means of communication ... so we will learn to communicate, to ask questions, to understand and to use English in the most varied situations: buy a train ticket, listen to a lecture at the university, listen to the stories of emperors and revolutionaries. We will learn to “speak English"!
In addition to the time spent with host families and our Chinese classmates, we will have free time to learn how to use tools, pottery, brushes; we will visit museums, zoos, but also university campuses, markets and TV stations.
Certificates and certifications:
Certificate of participation in the Summer Camp issued by ETN + ONLY Education Certification of English issued by the University of Shanghai..
Furthermore, families are carefully selected and there is security presence on campus. In Beijing, the students will always be accompanied during all the activities and supervised in the hotel by ETN tutors, Chinese tutors and English teachers.
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