Itinerary & Details for:

Contemporary China, Contemporary Church

Faith, Service, Society Today

April 2020

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 those in need.


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Sat 4/18 - Tue 4/21

Seat of the Ming & Qing emperors, capital of the PRC, site of landmark churches, ancient temples, and contemporary buzz


Orientation, magnificently restored historic churches, contemporary church programs, art scene, nightlife, seminary visit. Add a day: Forbidden City or Great  Wall

Further details

Airport pickup. Lodging in Chaoyang District, near the University of International Business & Economics.

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Tue 4/21 - Wed 4/22

A strategic railroad nexus, the city swelled to over 10 million in the past century, typifying China's breakneck urbanization.


Visit China's largest seminary, its most important Catholic press, and its Catholic social services center. Tour the city center and enjoy its regional cuisine.

Further details

One hour from Beijing by bullet train. 

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Wed 4/22 - Fri 4/24

Site of China's dynastic capitals for over a millennium, Xi'an is second only to Beijing in education. 


Terracotta warrior, the famous Nestorian stele, Muslim quarter, intact medieval city wall, 300 y.o. Franciscan cathedral, and vibrant Catholic community

Further details

Three-hour bullet train from Shijiazhuang, lodging in historic city center. 

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Fri 4/24 - Sun 4/26

International center of commerce since the early 20th century, also a center of fashion, urban Catholicism, and intellectual life


The Bund, Pudong, East Nanjing Street commercial district, St. Ignatius Cathedral and Xujiahui (home of China's famous Catholic family), Fudan University.

Further details

Two-hour flight from Xi'an. Flights depart here for most major U.S. cities.

Further Information

All are welcome to apply

The focus of this study tour is the Catholic Church in China - its history and contemporary circumstances. We begin and end the study tour with Eucharist, and on many days our first common activity is a moment of prayerful reflection. At the same time, people of any background are invited to participate and share their perspectives and insights.


The cost for participation in the USCCA's Contemporary China, Contemporary Church Study Tour is $2950 (per person single occupancy) or $2450 (per person double occupancy).

The price of the study tour includes: accommodations, most meals, entry tickets & performances, transit within China, the services of translators and guides, orientation materials, and opportunities for liturgy and prayer. It does not include: travel to and from China and the visa application.


Our travel agent is available to assist with flights to/from China and the application for a Chinese visa.

Additional days for sight-seeing

For those who would like to take advantage of being in China to visit additional classic historic sites in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, or other destinations in China that are not part of this study tour, the USCCA will provide complimentary planning advice. Our partners at the Beijing Center can provide logistical support at an additional cost.


For information about the application process, visas, and travel assistance, visit the Pilgrimage Application Process page.
Space is limited. To be considered in the first round of the selection process, please submit your application by
February 1.

For more information

Contact Mr. Bernard Ciernick, USCCA Study Tours Coordinator at or +1 (510) 900-2015. 




The US-China Catholic Association was founded in 1989 by concerned U.S. bishops, Maryknoll, the Jesuits, and representatives of other religious orders in order to promote mutual support and fraternal ties between the Church in China and the U.S. Church.

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Berkeley, CA 94703

(510) 900-2015 

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