Contemporary China, Contemporary Church
Faith, Service, Society Today
China, the oldest of societies, often feels like the youngest. Urbanization and development run at a clip, while young people in China seem comfortably poised at the cutting edge of change. Where does faith fit in the mix? How does it respond to the needs and concerns of our contemporaries in China?
Experience the art scene in Beijing, jazz in Shanghai, ultra-modern business districts, expansive new housing complexes, and campus life in China. Then talk with youth, with priests and sisters ministering to those struggling to keep up, and with those who provide social services to the elderly and orphaned.
Extra days and planning assistance can be added for those who would also like to take advantage of being in China to visit classic historic sites in Beijing, Shanghai, and Suzhou.
Saturday, April 18
Sunday, April 26, 2020
(tour starts the Saturday after Easter)
9 days, 8 nights
Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Hebei
Signature local restaurants and eateries
Participants arrive in Beijing, China’s capital, on Saturday. On Tuesday they proceed to stops in Hebei Province, known for its rich Catholic heritage. Then Wednesday eve they take a bullet train to Xi'an, terminus of the ancient silk route and home of the terracotta warriors. After a full day in Xi'an on Thursday, the group flies to Shanghai to round out its visit in this city which boasts a grand Cathedral, a bustling financial district, and a center for Catholic intellectual life. They return home from Shanghai on Sunday.
Tour participants who would like to visit some of Beijing’s classic tourist sites (the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Lama Temple, the Temple of Heaven, and so forth), or who would like to stay on a day or so to visit sites in Shanghai or Suzhou, are welcome to do so. Study tour organizers can customize plans on a case-by-case basis; the cost will be adjusted accordingly.