Contemporary Chinese Society

Jet Li Guest Lecture!! 李连杰

Tuesday, July 12 We were told on Monday that we would be having a guest lecture by a very famous person the next day. Prof Xie refused to tell us who it was in case we brought all our friends, and at the time we were all skeptical. Who could it be? Would we even […]

Simatai Great Wall 司马台

Friday, July 15 Simatai is a less touristy section of the Great Wall known for its beauty and steepness. Located approximately 120 km north of Beijing, we had to get up at 5:30 a.m. to get there on time. Much mist-ery was experienced up on the Wall: After much sweating and legwork plus a constant drizzle of […]

Yuanmingyuan 圆明园

Sunday, July 10 Yuanmingyuan, also known as the Old Summer Palace, is a site filled with palaces and gardens used by emperors in the Qing dynasty, China’s last dynasty. The complex contains both Chinese and western architecture, and still retains much of its bygone glory through reconstruction following its destruction by French and British troops […]

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