18 August 2009


As I sit here and count the hours until I leave my house, my family, my friends, and my dog, I remembered that all of the people to whom I've mentioned this blog might be checking it and finding nothing to do with China.

I fly out of Charleston at 6 a.m. From there, I will make a quick stop in Atlanta to meet up with the other nine students and a Furman staff member and then fly on to Shanghai, arriving around lunchtime the next day with the time difference. Here, as promised, is my *tentative* itinerary for Week One, as told to me by one of my professors:

Aug. 19
Arrive in Shanghai.
Flight from Shanghai to Beijing
Spend night in Beijing

Aug. 20
Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City; lunch
Temple of Heaven, Quanjude Roast Duck Dinner
Spend night in Beijing

Aug. 21
Day excursion to Simatai Great Wall
Xishiku Catholic
Spend night in Beijing

Aug. 22
Lama Temple, Confucius Temple; lunch
Prince Gong’s Mansion, Hutong tour, Traditional courtyard;
Dinner at Sichuan Restaurant
Spend night in Beijing

Aug. 23
Fly from Beijing to Xi’an. Lunch at Xi’an or in flight;
City Wall of Xi’an, Big Wild Goose Pagoda;
Defachang dumplings dinner
Spend night in Xi’an

Aug. 24
Terracotta Warriors; Lunch
Trip to Yan’an
Spend night in Yan’an

Aug. 25
Yan’an Revolution Headquarters Site and Revolutionary Museum, lunch
Yan’an-Xi’an: visit an old Chinese village or an environmental project
Spend night in Xi’an

Aug. 26
Qian Tomb; lunch
Famen Temple (China’s first Buddhist temple)
Muslim quarters; the Great Mosque (one of the largest in China)
Spend night in Xi’an

Aug. 27
Fly from Xi’an to Shanghai; Shanghai airport pick-up; lunch
Pudong Special Economic Zone, the Bund; Oriental Pearl Tower
Spend night in Shanghai

Aug. 28
Transfer to Suzhou

1 comment:

  1. That sounds amazing. I'm going to try and not be jealous.