China is a country with an ancient history, a brilliant civilization, and beautiful landscapes. China is often touted as having one of the world’s oldest surviving civilizations whose people have shared a common culture for more than 5,000 years. Philosophers, emperors, foreign conquerors, political leaders, and civil war have all left their marks on China’s colorful history, but the people’s culture has endured and remained constant.
As their civilization developed, the people excelled in science and artistic expression. Many examples have endured the test of time and are revered today as national treasures and historical sites. Over 30 sites in China are now World Heritage listed and protected. They include ancient architectural complexes and a number of historical relics, forming an important basis for the study of China’s ancient culture and history.
In recent years, China has emerged from isolation and captured the attention of the world by accomplishing astonishing technical achievements and driving their economy at a dazzling pace. The blending of ancient traditions, technological advancement, economic reform, and government control is creating a new China that is dynamic and cannot be defined in conventional ways. There is no argument that China will continue to make a significant impact on world affairs, but just how and to what extent is the topic of much debate.
Why Study Abroad in China?
Quick Facts about China:
China population: 1.3 billion
Currency: The unit of currency in China is the Renminbi, indicated as RMB or Yuan. USD $1 is roughly equivalent to RMB $7.50
Distance to Chengdu: New York to Beijing: 6830 miles (11000 km); Los Angeles to Beijing: 6250 miles (10100 km); Beijing to Chengdu: 943 miles (1520 km)
Language: Mandarin with Chengdu dialect
Economic profile: The Sichuan Province boasts one of the most diversified industrial bases in the country and Chengdu is a key manufacturing center for the electronics, machinery, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, metallurgy and food processing.
Check out GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Video Blogger, Lauren Lowe, as she shares some of her favorite excursions from her semester study abroad experience in Chengdu, China.
Watch more of Lauren's video blogs on Chinese culture, academics, lodging, and more at www.youtube.com/globalinksabroad.org
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