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Mysterious and Enchanting China

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Mysterious and Enchanting China

<p>Embark upon four Journeys which will give a feel for what it is like to travel in China today. The “far shores of Cathay” have fascinated the West for centuries. With a culture dating back five

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Embark upon four Journeys which will give a feel for what it is like to travel in China today. 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. Examine the historical, philosophical and practical factors that have shaped the world’s largest nation.


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

  • Feng Shui.
  • The Five Chinese Elements.
  • The Great Wall of China.
  • Yangktze River Cruise.
  • Tai Chi exercises.
  • Preparation for a tour of China.
  • The great Chinese Dynasties.
  • The Tao, Buddhism and Confucius.
  • Chinese culture.

Session 1 – Water

  • The Five Elements
  • Indigenous Beliefs, Qi
  • Yin and Yang
  • Feng Shui
  • Discovery of Silk
  • Early Inventions
  • The Dao
  • Chinese Medicine
  • Confucius
  • The Dragon and Phoenix
  • Tai Chi
  • China Journey – Yangtze River

Session 2 – Wood and Fire

  • The Art of War
  • Qin Dynasty – Middle Kingdom
  • Xi’an, Jade Emperor
  • Terra Cotta Warriors
  • Buddhism
  • Han Dynasty, Han Faces
  • Tang Dynasty, 5 Happinesses
  • Silk Road
  • Journey to the West
  • Chop Sticks, Rice, Food
  • Guilin, Li River, Longsheng
  • Chengdu, Pandas
  • China’s Population, Leshan Buddha
  • I Ching
  • China Journey – Great Wall

Session 3 – Earth

  • Yuan Dynasty
  • Marco Polo, Hangzhou
  • Ming Dynasty
  • Jesuits in China
  • Qing Dynasty
  • Kunming, Western Hill
  • Minorities, Footbinding
  • Stone Forest
  • Foot Massage, Tea
  • Chinese Zodiac
  • Beijing
  • China Journey – Forbidden City
  • Tiananmen Square Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Ming Tombs

Session 4 – Metal / Gold

  • Opium Wars
  • Taiping & Boxer Rebellions
  • Republic of China
  • People’s Republic of China
  • Shanghai, Wealth, Trading
  • Pearls, China Quiz
  • Irrigation Project
  • Buddhist Temple
  • Chinese Names and Faces
  • China Journey – Suzhou Canals


PLANNED 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 any visit to China.
  2. Know some basics of Chinese history.