You Want To Go To Tibet and China [Summer Opportunity]

27 Jan

Experience China and Tibet this summer with a UHP-supported Field School:

Heritage, Tourism, and Development on China’s Ethnic Frontiers

June 10th – July 1st, 2012

This summer, Professor Shepherd will accompany GW students into the field to experience firsthand the development challenges faced by state authorities, community leaders, and regular citizens in predominantly Tibetan areas of Southwest China. The program begins in Beijing, with visits to historic sites, group discussions, and meetings at the National Minorities University and Beijing International Studies University. Following this, we will travel 1,200 miles west by train to Lanzhou, capital of Gansu province, and then continue on by bus to Labrang (Chinese Xiahe), the most important Tibetan Buddhist monastic community outside of central Tibet. From Labrang we will journey to the monastery town of Taksen Lhamo (Chinese Langmusi), located along the Gansu-Sichuan border on the edge of the Tibetan plateau, and then to Jiuzhaigou National Park, in Northern Sichuan province. From Jiuzhaigou we will fly to Xian, the former capital of the Tang Dynasty and site of the Terra-Cotta warrior archeological site. Our trip will conclude with a return journey to Beijing by train.

This three-week field study provides three anthropology credits and costs approximately $5,300. This covers GWU tuition, train (soft sleeper class) and air travel within China, all accommodation, site visit, and admission fees, travel insurance and most meals. Parts of this journey will be at elevations of 3,000 to 3,500 meters (10,000-12,000 feet), so good health is a must!

For more information, contact Professor Shepherd at


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