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Meet Your Expert
Brimming with ancient monuments and skyscrapers alike, China has catapulted into the 21st century as a major economic power. Yet a timeless way of life continues away from the burgeoning cities, in a countryside carved with rugged mountains and deep gorges, and speckled with traditional farming villages. Some of China’s most famous residents, the giant pandas, make their home in the wilderness of Sichuan. Meet pandas with expert Marc Brody, explore the pagodas of lakeside Hangzhou, and delve into the excitement of Shanghai and Beijing, seeing China from the unique angle of your On Assignment project.
The center of Shanghai is a patchwork of futuristic skyscrapers, stately colonial neighborhoods, and traditional Chinese architecture. From the top of the 88-story Jin Mao Tower, see the massive scale of China’s economic boom with your own eyes. Learn about the city’s controversial history and discover some of its ambitious plans for the future at the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center. Practice your bargaining skills and see relics of China’s past at the antique market on Dongtai Lu.
The Pandas of Rural Sichuan
From assisting the panda keepers to hiking a 400-year-old unrestored section of the Great Wall, I had experiences I could never have imagined. By the end of the trip, I had discovered so much about myself and the world around me.
Beijing and The Great Wall
We stay in small hotels and guesthouses in Shanghai, Dunhuang, and Beijing. At the Great Wall, we stay in a villager’s farmhouse inn. In Hetaoping, we stay in dormitory-style housing at the panda research center.