Info Session for Summer Trip to China

6 Feb

Information Session this Friday for a Summer Field Program in China:

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

June 10th – July 1st, 2012

If you are interested in learning more about this program, Professor Shepherd will host an information session this Friday, February 10th, from 2:30 until 3:30 pm in the Conference room of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, Suite 503, 1957 E Street.


In recent years state authorities in China have promoted cultural heritage and tourism as development strategies in isolated and marginal areas of the country. This summer, Professor Shepherd will lead a field program that will give GW students an opportunity to learn about these development projects and their impact on citizens by traveling overland through Tibetan areas of Gansu and Sichuan provinces.  This program will begin in Beijing, where students will visit  the National Minorities University for a discussion of state ethnic policies and Beijing International Studies University for a discussion on tourism policies and objectives. After traveling by train to Lanzhou, capital of Gansu Province in Northwest China, we will travel overland through the Amdo and Kham regions of historic Tibet. Our first stop will be the Tibetan pilgrimage town of Xiahe, site of Labrang Monastery, a key intellectual center for the Gelukpa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. We will then continue by road 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 museum. Our trip will conclude with a return journey to Beijing by train.

Over the course of this three-week field study students will interact with Chinese tourism and heritage scholars, local Tibetan and Han Chinese business owners, Tibetan pilgrims and nomads, and Chinese students. In keeping with the focus of the program, our overland trip will be arranged and hosted by Nomad Travel, a Tibetan-run agency located in Xiahe, Gansu Province.


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