PAAC’s 2017 Freeman Summer Study Tour to China took 14 students from Hawaii together on an adventure to China! The group explored historical sites in Beijing and Xi’an, were awed by cosmopolitan Shanghai, and ended the trip surrounded by the gorgeous landscapes of Huangshan. Scroll through to see pictures from the 2017 trip!

2017 Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 – Depart Honolulu
  • Day 2 – Arrive in Beijing. Volunteer with the Migrant Children’s Foundation China
  • Day 3 – Mandarin classes, Tour of Hutong, Taichi Class, Temple of Heaven, shopping at the Silk Street Market
  • Day 4 – Volunteer at the Shared Harvest Organic Farm, campus visit to Tsinghua University, attend a Beijing Opera performance
  • Day 5 – Morning Mandarin class, tour the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square,
  • Day 6  – Walk along the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall, see Ming Tombs
  • Day 7 – Calligraphy Class, Summer Palace, U.S. Embassy briefing, train to Xi’an
  • Day 8 – Terracotta Warriors
  • Day 9 – School visit in Hancheng – teach English and learn Chinese, visit to the ancient village of Dangjiacun
  • Day 10 – Explore Hancheng city, Muslim Quarter and local market in Xi’an, sleeper train to Shanghai
  • Day 11 – Explore the Bund and Nanjing Road, see the Shanghai Circus Show
  • Day 12 – Yuyuan Garden and Nanshi (Old Town), go up the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai History Museum, free time in the Tianzifang Arts and Crafts Quarter
  • Day 13  – Take high speed train to Huangshan, Bamboo Weaving at Nanping Village
  • Day 14  – Cable car up Huangshan mountain, hiking at the West Sea Canyon
  • Day 15 – Sunrise hike in Huangshan, pottery making, school exchange visit with local students
  • Day 16 – High speed train to Beijing, depart Beijing



“From this trip, I’ve personally gained so much. I’ve learned a lot more about Chinese history, culture, and society than I previously knew. I broke through the prejudices about China that had unknowingly formed in my life. I’ve learned to adapt in a completely new environment and I’ve learned how to appreciate the cultural differences between China and the US.”



“During orientation I barely talked with anyone but now I can talk to anyone in our group and I can tell them anything… I also feel like I’ve grown as an individual. I learned to help people in our group and not just think about myself. I also learned how to bond with people over such a short amount of time, which also improved my social skills. Being on this trip also helped me meet my goals that I had set for myself prior to the trip. Now I am a person who has developed a character as a global leader”



“With this experience, I am the girl who can do anything if she puts her mind to it. I can walk the Forbidden City, I can witness the greatness behind the Great Wall, I can hike Yellow Mountain, I can endure any exotic Chinese dish thrown at me, and I can make friends without feeling shy or ashamed.”


“My expectations going on the trip was to learn about China and its people. That’s pretty much it. Needless to say, these expectations were completely blown away. Not only did I learn more about China and its people, I learned about the social, political, and economic makeup of the various different regions. Beautiful sights and immersion into culture through things such as calligraphy and Taichi were an added bonus.”


“I realized that traveling… changes your perspective, your knowledge, your beliefs, and most importantly, traveling shows you the beautiful and the not so beautiful parts of the world, and you can’t just choose to ignore the not so beautiful parts of the world because you want to. I will always remember the grandmother begging for money in the Muslim quarter, the homestay host in Dangjiacun without an arm, the children at MCF who are forced to receive an education that is not up to par with what most of their peers are learning in regular schools. Seeing this has humbled me and have made me grateful for all the things I have in my life.”

“I’m extremely grateful for being given a scholarship to attend this program. I would never have been able to come to China and learn all the things I did without… the generous scholarship I was able to receive. I’m so thankful that I was given the opportunity to expand my perspective and learn more about the world, and being able to go to China is an event in my life that still feels like a dream instead of something I was actually able to do in reality.”


Our next program to China is still in the works! Check back here or send us an e-mail to find out more about when applications will go up. In the meantime, check out the footage of our last trip to China:


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