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China, Christianity, and the

Dialogue of Civilizations

28th International Conference of

the US-China Catholic Association

Co-sponsored by the Departments of Sociology, History, Political Science, and Modern Languages, and the Center for Global Engagement of Santa Clara University.

August 6-8, 2021, Santa Clara University

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Things To Do in the Area

Based on interest, the USCCA will organize the following two days of events for those who would like to stay on to explore the history, culture, and scenic beauty of the Bay Area. If interested, sign up below. Three weeks before the conference we will follow up with you.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Golden State! Below you will find two USCCA-sponsored day trips and a list of suggested activities if you like to explore on your own. 

Activities sponsored by the USCCA
A Day in San Francisco
  • Meet for breakfast in Santa Clara

  • Take a trip across the famed Golden Gate Bridge

  • Ride San Francisco’s Cable Cars, America’s only mobile national monument

  • Tour historic Fisherman’s Wharf

  • Lunch in America’s largest Chinatown

  • Take in the renowned Asian Art Museum

  • Enjoy a relaxing meal at glass of wine at the end of your day

  • Approximately $125 per person - Exact cost to be determined.

San Francisco
scenic Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Meet for breakfast in Santa Clara

  • Travel Scenic 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach, where you enter an enchanting world coastal cliffs, snow-white beaches and mystical forests

  • Visit San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission, the second of 21 established by Saint Junipero Serra.

  • Enjoy lunch in by the Carmel beach board walk.

  • Visit the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium

  • Enjoy a seafood dinner and a glass of wine at the end of the day

  • Approximately $135 per person - Exact cost to be determined.


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For questions, contact Bernard Ciernick, USCCA Conference Coordinator (
Other Sites
Other things you can do in the Bay Area:
Alcatraz Island 

Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area!
Plan on spending at least a few hours on Alcatraz exploring the exhibits, checking out the video presentations or audio tours. Junior Ranger books and programs are often available, and ranger tours are available every day! More info >

muir woods

Walk among old growth coast redwoods, cooling their roots in the fresh water of Redwood Creek and lifting their crowns to reach the sun and fog. Federally protected as a National Monument since 1908, this primeval forest is both refuge and laboratory, revealing our relationship with the living landscape. More info >

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California Academy of Sciences Museum

Located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, this museum has rewritten is mission to promote to reflect a reimagined relationship between people and nature. “Our 5-year strategic plan maps out a pathway to a future we want to inhabit, where biodiversity losses turn to gains and ecosystem degradation turns to regeneration. We seek a new model of conservation that places communities at the center of solutions and recognizes that environmental progress without social justice is a battle half-won.” Come. See. Wonder. More info >

schedule a tee time

Fore! A local's guide to the best public golf courses in the San Francisco Bay Area. More info >

take a hike at Lands End

At the northwestern corner of San Francisco, there is a series of stunning views at every turn in this wild and windy trail. Hillsides of cypress and wildflowers, views of shipwrecks and access to the ruins of Sutro baths, a San Francisco specials memory. More info >

Santana Row

Located in downtown San Jose, the shops and restaurants of Santana Row have something to offer every visitor. Work in a relaxing visit at the end of your busy day. More info >

Wine tasting and tours in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Napa is not the only place to visit wineries and view California’s spectacular scenery. Vineyards such as Byington, Monte Bello, and Nicholson dot the Santa Cruz Mountains, with torus and wine-tasting at reasonable rates. More info >

Have a Whale of a Time

While whales travel the coast of California year ‘round, summer is peak season for viewing migrating species, and morning is the best time of day. Santa Cruz and San Francisco both host tour operators and are great jumping off points. More info >

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