TRAV 300 - China Experience:

Multinational Corporate, Historical, and Cultural Study Tour of CHINA

Travel dates: March 9-19, 2017
Prof. Ben Kahn
3 Credits

“Our students will get the education to create their own jobs, and plan for the jobs that do not yet exist.” -Ben Kahn

11 Days of the Multinational, Historical, and Cultural Tour of CHINA: Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai total cost: $2,999.00 (Single Room Supplement: $600 per person)

Additional Costs: China Visa ($140 Required), Travel Insurance ( $100 Optional )

China Tour includes: Round Trip transportation from Albany, NY to China by UNITED AIR LINE; Air transportation in China from Beijing to Xian; and Xian to Shanghai; by CHINA AIR LINE; 4 -5 Star Hotel accommodations Double Occupancy, Meals, Entrance fees to Historical and Cultural sights and museums, and etc.


Beijing • Xian • Shanghai

Three (3) credits Travel Course TRVL 300 - Multi National Corporate and Cultural Study Tour, CHINA EXPERIENCE is offering the opportunity to study through travel. China was once deemed the sleeping giant, however, the giant has awoken. One of the world’s oldest 5000 years civilizations, China has evolved into a 21st century global economic leader. This course insures that students are exposed to China’s history and culture, while enabling them with knowledge and experience to perform in the global economy. China Experience includes a multi-national corporate tour of Shanghai, the centre of China’s economic resurgence, and culture exchanges in both Xi’an and Beijing.

An early pioneer of American space travel, Frank Borman once commented that the “Exploration is really the essence of the American spirit.”

This applies to each of us, that, those who experience the most growth in life are those bold enough to explore the discomforts of the Unknown. Often what is gained in those moments of inquiry is an awakening coupled with a deeper sense of identity and place in the larger world. The essence of exploration will confirm and sustain these underlying values. It will assure that our students will move forward with confidence to confront the new and future challenges.


Beijing – The Capital of The People's Republic of China

  • National People's Congress
  • Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
  • The Great Wall
  • Beijing 2008 Olympic Complex
  • Summer Palace
  • Temple of the Heavens

Xi'an - One of the 4 great ancient capitals of China

  • Terracotta Warriors
  • The Shaanxi Provincial Museum

Shanghai - Discovering a hybrid communist-capital system

  • Cultural and Historical sites visits
  • Corporate tour of G.M. / V.W. in Shanghai, and official meetings with Production plant Executives
  • Shanghai Stock Market, and official meeting with Members of Board of Directors
  • Tour of the WTO Consultation Center in Shanghai, and Scheduled official meeting with Vice President, at WTO Center
  • Tour of Bund Business District, Shanghai International settlement
  • Financial Center, Pearl Communication and TV Tower
  • Shanghai Museum
  • Reception at SUIBE on Arriving and Departure


Ben Kahn, Professor
Bowman Hall Room 211

413-662-5304 or 413-441-6178


We are pleased to announce the third year of merit-based, partial scholarships to help support students with the costs of participating in travel courses. The Travel Course Scholarships are funded through the generosity of the MCLA Foundation.

The amount available for this academic year will be divided proportionately among the travel courses. Faculty teaching each course will decide how many scholarships the allotted money for their course will support.

Click here for info on MCLA travel course scholarships


Thursday, March 9th: Albany, NY / Beijing
Crossing the International Date Line you will lose one calendar day.

Friday, March 10th: Arrive Beijing
Upon your arrival at Beijing International Airport, transfer to our Hotel – Capital Hotel
Superior room in Tower B

Saturday, March 11th: Beijing AB /L /D
Introduction to China’s capital begins with a tour to awesome Tian An Men Square and admission to living quarters, museum and jewelry sections.

Regular Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon our tour takes us back to the old days of Beijing as you tour the ancient Hutong neighborhoods. “Hutong” is a Chinese name for the ancient city alleys or lanes, built in the Yuan Dynasty (about 700 years ago). Hundreds of courtyard houses were built on each side of the hutongs; today most are found in the area near the Forbidden City. You’ll gain insight into historic Beijing as you ride in an old-fashioned pedicab along the ancient narrow street.

Dinner at a local restaurant.

Sunday, March 12th: Beijing AB /L /D
This morning highlights of our tour as you stroll on the ancient ramparts of the Great Wall. Take a cable car up to the mountain where you then begin your walk along the wall as it winds across the mountain northeast of Beijing. Olympic site of the iconic Bird’s Nest –the Beijing National Stadium – host to many spectacular events of 2008 Summer Olympics and Water cube outside.

Lunch at local restaurant.

Peking duck dinner at a local restaurant followed by the show “The Legend of Kung Fu Performance."

Monday, March 13th: Beijing to Xi’an AB /D
Morning free, personal time until transfer to the airport for our flight to Xian. Departure transfer to the airport for flight to Xian. Arrival transfer to the New World Hotel.

Dinner at local restaurant.

Tuesday, March 14th: Xian AB /L /D
Today we’ll view the astonishing army of the life sized terracotta warriors that have been standing guard by the tomb of the Emperor Qin Shi Huang for over 2,000 years. View the Circle Vision Movie and Bronze Chariot. Afternoon tour the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and the Xian History Museum and Xian Great Masque.

Dinner at local restaurant.

Wednesday, March 15th: Xian to Shanghai AB /D
Visit to the City Wall before transfer to the airport for flight to the airport for flight to Shanghai. Arrive Shanghai transfer to your hotel – Hua Ting Hotel & Towers.

Dinner at local restaurant.

Thursday, March 16th: Shanghai AB, L, D
This morning visit the Urban Planning Exhibition Center showing the old, new and future Shanghai, then to Shanghai Museum with its remarkable dynastic artifacts. Continue to Yu Garden.

Chinese Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon an extraordinary half day walking tour through the Bund and the former French Concession.

Regular dinner at a local restaurant. This evening a dramatic acrobatic show is planned.

Friday, March 17th: Shanghai AB

  • Corporate tour of G.M. / V.W. in Shanghai, and official meetings with Production plant Executives.
  • Shanghai Stock Market, and official meeting with Members of Board of Directors.
  • Tour of the WTO Consultation Center in Shanghai, And Scheduled official meeting with Vice President of WTO Center.

Saturday, March 18th: Shanghai AB

  • Tour of Bund Business District, and Shanghai International settlement
  • Financial Center, Pearl Communication and TV Tower
  • Shanghai Museum
  • SUIBE Formal closing ceremony reception.

Sunday, March 19th: Shanghai AB
Departure transfer to the airport for flight home.

Meal Code:
AB = Comprehensive American Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner

Download China Experience Travel Course