Mysterious China: The Five Elements

The “far shores of Cathay” have fascinated the West for centuries. With a culture dating back five thousand years and a population of 1.3 billion people, China is increasingly making its presence felt in our daily lives. We embark upon four journeys – Yangste River, Great Wall of China, Forbidden City and Suzhou Canals which will give us a feel for what it is like to travel in China. We will also examine the historical, philosophical and practical factors that have shaped the world’s largest nation.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face

SUGGESTED READING

  • Pearl S. Buck, The Good Earth, (Methuen 1931)
  • Pearl S. Buck, The Three Daughters of Madame Liang, (Methuen 1969)
  • Editors China, Eyewitness Travel Guide, (Dorling Kingsley 2005)

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Water, Wood and Fire: Ancient and later Chinese philosophies. The beginning of the Chinese Dynasties. Food – rice and tea. Tourism in China. Our first two China journeys: Yangtze River and the Great Wall.
  • Earth and Metal: The dynasties and their control over China. The Middle Kingdom receives unwanted attention. Marco Polo, Opium wars. Origin and growth of the People’s Republic of China. China’s global influence. Our next two China Journeys: The Forbidden City and the Suzhou Canals

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Have a greater appreciation of Chinese culture and customs which will enhance your visit to China.
  2. Appreciate some basics of Chinese history.
$113 Limited / $102

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02 Apr

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