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China Focus Tours

When you can’t explain the differences to your class or board, show them with ChinaContact.

Whether you are looking at China for your business goals or you’re an educator with a China focus. There is no substitute for on-the-ground experience. With decades of experience conducting travel tours to China to close the understanding gap, The Beijing Center can tailor the right program for you.

Why China?

You already know that your constituents need to understand China today. Open any newspaper and you will see China mentioned. No matter your industry, in today’s world educating your team or group on China and Chinese culture is an important step in acquiring a globalized perspective. ChinaContact will help you build a program to ground your understanding of China, fire your imagination and get you a step ahead in your competitive environment.

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote mutual understanding between China and other cultures. What makes us unique is our placement in a long and storied tradition of Jesuit education, one that teaches us that true cultural engagement first starts with friendship. TBC provides a unique environment for students from all over the world to begin their engagement with China.




QUICK FACTS

  • No Chinese necessary
  • Complete Educational Tour Package – Wheels down to wheels up and everything in-between
  • Affordable – We’ll fit your program to your budget and expectations of your team
  • Flexible – China is your oyster and each trip is customized to the theme of your program
  • Immersive – You can visit relevant sites to your industry: embassies, companies, factories, hospitals, and schools, just to name a few
  • China Educational Focus – We have university faculty on site to give insights into the differences between Western and Eastern thinking
  • Return on Investment – It’s not a holiday. Whether it’s getting your board or management team to understand Chinese work culture or enhancing the educational experience for your students, we will help you achieve your learning outcomes

Discover how ChinaContact can connect you to China!

 

Ready-made Programs

Get a taste of Chinese culture and learn about your expertise from a different perspective.

ChinaContact Programs

Tailor-made Programs

Bring your undergrad or graduate classroom to life as your students get a taste of Chinese culture, and learn about your expertise from a different perspective. Prepare your employees for a global world. Whether you do business in China or have multicultural colleagues, it is important to experience a world different than your own.

Custom Programs

Short-term Academic & Corporate Programs in China

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Program #1 – Sustainable Business and Environmental Protection

  • Visit Dujiangyan Dam, which was built 2,000 years ago and still in use today;
  • Volunteer at a giant panda breeding base in Szechuan Province;
  • Get an understanding of Chinese government policy in protecting wildlife, including the giant panda;
  • Enjoy presentations on the symbiosis of sustainable economic development and environmental protection by local experts/professionals.

 

Program #2 – A Glimpse of China’s Business Centers

  • Beijing, the capital of China, a political and commercial center for centuries with abundant historical & cultural heritage;
  • Shanghai, coined the “New York of China”, a cruise in Huangpu River among Fortune 500 HQs in China;
  • Hangzhou, a tech hub in Yangtze Delta, also hosted Alibaba;
  • Shenzhen, located in the heart of Pearl Delta, transformed from a small fishing village to a commercial and tech center in southern China in just over 40 years;
  • Hong Kong, a 150-year old British colony reverted to China in 1997, a dynamic city and a leading international financial hub in the Far East.

 

Program #3 – Following The Footsteps of Matteo Ricci

  • Start from Macau, a then-Portuguese colony in Ming’s China where Ricci first arrived in 1582;
  • Explore sites believed to be where Ricci had been to, façade of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the very first Jesuit higher education institute in the Far East, built by Japanese Christians in exile due to Shogunate’s persecution in the 17th century;
  • Experience the flourishing Macau – Las Vegas in the Orient;
  • Move to Beijing, visit Ricci’s tomb, the South Church he founded and other historical Jesuit sites;
  • Enjoy presentations on the history of Jesuits in China since the 16th century by local experts/professionals.

 

 

Program #4 – Cultural Heritage

  • Beijing, the capital of China for centuries, history dated back to 1,000 BC, then known as the warlord state of “Yan”;
    • Visit historical/cultural sites, such as Forbidden City, Great Wall and Marco Polo Bridge
    • Enjoy presentations on China’s economy, history, political system and religious life by local experts/professionals;
    • Experience Chinese culture by attending a tea ceremony, making dumplings, or practicing Chinese martial arts in front of Temple of Heaven.
  • Xi’an, Asian origin of the ancient Silk Road, also home of China’s First Emperor’s “Terra Cotta Warriors”, the 8th Wonder of the World;
  • Shanghai, Paris of Asia in the early 20th century, where East meets West; stroll along the French Quarters and enjoy the unique architecture on the historical Bund.

 

Program #5 – Chinese Language

  • Chinese language training schedule at your own pace:
    • Daily Mandarin Chinese classes;
    • Tutoring sessions by native speakers;
    • Group activities and cultural tours;
  • Experience Chinese calligraphy with brushes or carve your name on a piece of stone.

 

Program #6 – Anthropology in Yunnan Ethnic Minority Groups in China

  • Yunnan Province has 52 out of 55 Chinese minority groups, including Yi, Hani, Wa, Tibetan, DongBa and Dai;
    • Visit local museums to study cultural heritage, folk art and history;
    • Experience minorities daily life through home-stays;
    • Interact with ethnic local artists, and experience traditional music, choreography and instrumental performances;
  • Volunteer service at local NGOs to improve minorities’ welfare;
  • Optional: 3-day tour in Northern Thailand.
"China used more cement in 3 years (2011 to 2013) than the U.S. used in the entire 20th century. "
"A new skyscraper is built in China every 5 days. "
"China overtook the U.S. as the world’s largest economy in 2014. "
"1 in every 3 socks you have were made in the district of Datang in Zhuji, China, now known as ‘Sock City.’ "
"China used more cement in 3 years (2011 to 2013) than the U.S. used in the entire 20th century. "
"When a baby Panda is born, it’s shipped by FedEx to China to help expand the gene pool. "
"More people go to church on Sunday in China than in the whole of Europe. "
"Just 7% of people in China are religious, making it the least religious country in the world. "
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What are your challenges?

Professors:

  • I know I want to lead a Faculty-lead China experience but how do I arrange this?
  • I know that this Chinese province is historically significant in my area, how do I arrange a China focus tour to this area?
  • How to inspire my students to have a profound understanding of the topic that transcends the classroom impact on their future?

Employers:

  • My Chinese subsidiary is losing money hand over fist, should we be pulling out or doubling down?
  • My Chinese subsidiary is not executing my company strategy.  My managers can’t tell me why.
  • My negotiations with my Chinese suppliers are going terribly, I don’t understand why or how can I turn this around.
  • My Chinese employees and Western employees are not in rapport, how can I help them work together more effectively?
  • China represents my organization’s next  great opportunity but I’ve heard nothing but horror stories, how can I avoid the pitfalls?

If you’re asking these types of questions, we can help you create the environment, find the educators, and develop the insights to answer those questions for yourself. Allow us to take care of the details of travel and transport enabling you to concentrate on creating the right conditions for inspiration and understanding to flourish.

Why choose ChinaContact?

  • The Beijing Center follows the Jesuit educational ethos and is a member partner of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU)
  • Our organization has been embedded in China for 20 years
  • 10+ years of experience taking educational travel tours to China
  • We have a fruitful and ongoing relationship with the University of International Business & Economics in Beijing
  • Beijing Business Network
  • On-site faculty with Western and China cultural experience
  • We have a central Beijing venue to host workshops
  • From Educational trips for high school students through to undergraduate student tours, Masters and Ph.D. research trips, we have the facilities to meet your needs

Sample Itineraries

"China used more cement in 3 years (2011 to 2013) than the U.S. used in the entire 20th century. "
"A new skyscraper is built in China every 5 days. "
"China overtook the U.S. as the world’s largest economy in 2014. "
"1 in every 3 socks you have were made in the district of Datang in Zhuji, China, now known as ‘Sock City.’ "
"When a baby Panda is born, it’s shipped by FedEx to China to help expand the gene pool. "
"More people go to church on Sunday in China than in the whole of Europe. "
"Just 7% of people in China are religious, making it the least religious country in the world. "
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Partner institutions

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