Spring 2008 China Semester: February 15 -May 17
Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism, community service, brush painting and calligraphy, Mandarin and Tibetan language study, folk dancing, music, community service, and much more will be included in this Global Learning Across Borders (Global LAB) semester program. The semester offers participants an authentic, hands-on introduction to the remarkable cultures and traditions of both the “The Middle Kingdom” and Tibet.
Guangzhou (Guangdong Province)
The semester begins with several days of orientation and exploration in the economic boomtown of Guangzhou (formerly known as “Canton” and, among other claims to fame, birthplace of several renowned Chinese dishes, including Dim Sum) in the Pearl River Delta. Participants will visit the bustling Qingping “Peaceful” Market; observe (and perhaps start to practice) Tai Chi Chuan at the city’s largest park, Haizhuang Gongyuan; enjoy a boat ride up the ZhuJiang and an excursion to BaiYun Shan, one of thirty nearby peaks where temples and monasteries preserve ancient spiritual traditions and practices. Before leaving this region students will spend three days together volunteering in a health support role in medical clinic.