The WONDERS OF CHINA Spring Break Trip
MSMC students, friends, family and alums will have an opportunity to explore the three most important cities of China -- Shanghai, Xian and Beijing
Throughout much of history, China had remained a relatively isolated country; an ancient and mysterious land little known to the western world. Now undergoing a period of rapid development and modernization like none ever seen before, this once distant country is now opening its arms widely to the outside world. There has never been a better time to experience the Wonders of China. From the historic wonders of the Great Wall and Xian's ancient Terra-Cotta Warriors to the modern wonders of the neon lined bustling streets and skyscrapers of Shanghai, China has so much to see and experience.
For more information about this unique travel study opportunity during spring break 2013 contact KWhitman@msmc.la.edu
Kingdoms of Wonder Spring Break Trip
MSMC students, friends, family and alums will have an opportunity to explore the wonders of Thailand and Cambodia.
The Kingdom of Thailand is often called the “Land of Smiles”. It is a country full of pleasant contradictions and its modern charms are intermingled with its captivating history. Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and rightly so because it has something for everyone. It is rich with fascinating culture, architecture, spectacular temples and exquisite cuisine. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha sits within the grounds of the Bangkok Grand Palace, surrounded by walls more than a mile long. Inside, it contains some of the finest examples of Buddhist sculpture, architecture, painting, and decorative craft in Thailand.
The Kingdom of Cambodia boasts some of the most spectacular sights on the planet. Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia, dating from the 12th century AD, is considered the largest religious structure in the world. Originally a Hindu temple, it is a currently a Buddhist shrine. The temples of Angkor represent the epitome of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. Its rainforests offer an opportunity to see how manmade structures can be reclaimed by nature. Riding an elephant gives you a feeling of living in another time. With a tragic recent history, this country is finally beginning to move on the path of political and economic development.
In Shanghai browse through the incredible Shanghai museum with its world famous collection of jades, ceramics and bronzes. Wander the streets of Old Shanghai and the European area of the Bund and the International Settlements before strolling along the winding paths of Yu Yuan, a 16th-century classical garden in the heart of the city. There will be time on your own to explore Shanghai's markets and historic districts.
Xian in central China is the home of the Terracotta Army which had been buried for over 2000 years until 1974. Every figure different in facial features and expression, clothing, hairstyle, and gestures. and corrosion so that after being buried for over 2000 years they were still sharp. Excavation of the earth and timber vaults revealed thousands of life-size terracotta warriors in battle formation - a whole army which would accompany its emperor into immortality.
Xian is surrounded by a city wall and was the city at the beginning of the famous Silk Route that traversed thousand of mile all the way to the Mediterranean Sea carrying goods from east to west and west to east.
In Beijing there will be the opportunity to spend the day exploring the imperial monuments of the city. Visit the Temple of Heaven, a Ming dynasty temple complex where emperors held their prayer ceremonies. Then stroll across Tiananmen Square, the stage for many turning points in modern Chinese history — from the start of the Cultural Revolution to the demonstrations of 1989. Continue to the Forbidden City, home to the Ming and Qing dynasty emperors and some of the finest imperial architecture in China. View a collection of royal treasures and meander through the stunning Imperial Gardens. Climbing the Great Wall is an exhilarating experience as you thing about all the people who have proceed you here and the ones who will follow.
Poised at the crossroads between East and West, TURKEY is graced with a stunning coastline, picturesque villages, and a unique cultural legacy shaped by the Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. The 11 day trip begins in Istanbul, visits the otherworldly moonscape of Cappadocia, gives you a chance to swim in the thermal pools of Pamukkle and walk among the ruins of Aphrodisias. The last three days are spent on the Turkey's Turquoise Coast in Bodrum.
Anyone who would like more information can contact Professor Katherine Whitman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 954-4152.