Japan & China
Ancient & Modern Connections
China and Japan have been connected for 1500 years through language, religion, trade and the organization of politics and society. The square layout of Chang’an, the great capital of medieval China, became the model for the capitals of Nara and Kyoto. Chinese schools of Buddhism found a welcome in Japan, and a stream of officials, merchants, and monks moved between the two lands. Visit the great buildings and gardens that commemorate these early exchanges and see the many ways in which they are connected still today. In modern times, the cultural and power flows shifted, as modernizing Japan of the late 19th century became a model for–and a threat to–late imperial China. Tokyo and Shanghai will serve as locations to explore these more recent interactions.
Yet for all these strong ties, the two countries have remained distinct; their cultural trajectories have diverged. Japan maintained a single unbroken imperial line while the government changed; Chinese history was broken by dynastic change and foreign invasion. In daily life, nowhere is the difference more evident in a way we can appreciate than in the cuisines of Japan and China, which we intend to sample every day of the trip. This tour is a chance to explore how two great cultures have developed from ancient times into the present. Learn how and why they have diverged, what they have gained from each other, and how they continue to challenge and compete with each other in peace and war of modern times.
Schedule by Day
- May 8: Depart U.S. for Tokyo
- May 9: Arrive Tokyo
- May 10: Tokyo
- May 11: Tokyo
- May 12: Tokyo / Nagoya / Kyoto
- May 13: Kyoto
- May 14: Nara Day Trip
- May 15: Kyoto / Osaka / Shanghai
- May 16: Shanghai / Suzhou
- May 17: Suzhou / Beijing / Chengde
- May 18: Chengde
- May 19: Jinshanling / Great Wall - Beijing
- May 20: Beijing
- May 21: Beijing
- May 22: Beijing / Depart for U.S.
- $9,695 per person double occupancy
- $3,195 single supplement
- 3 nights at Hotel New Otani in Tokyo
- 3 nights at Hyatt Regency in Kyoto
- 1 night at Portman Ritz-Carlton in Shanghai
- 1 night at Tonino Lamborghini in Suzhou
- 2 nights at Oiwanglou Hotel in Chengde
- 3 nights at Raffles Hotel in Beijing
Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Continuing Education/Special Program Instructor; Vice Provost for Advances in Learning
Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History
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