April 9 to 22, 2012
Travel with Thomas Fingar, PhD '77, a scholar of modern China, whose lectures on the country’s cultural and political history help to make this rapidly evolving country more approachable and comprehensible.
Spend three full days exploring Beijing’s Imperial sites, the old city’s historic hutong neighborhoods and the iconic Great Wall. In Xian, view the massive army of China’s first emperor – thousands of life-size terra-cotta warriors who lay buried for over 2,000 years. Sail down the Li River through the misty limestone peaks of Guilin and see the picturesque garden city of Suzhou. Spend the last two days in bustling Shanghai. Optional post-trip extension on the Yangtze River, April 22 to 26.
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Professor Fingar began his career as a China specialist, but after fifteen years of government positions, has developed a global portfolio, having been exposed to all countries and regions in his work.
- Thomas Fingar, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Thomas Fingar is the Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow and Senior Scholar at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He held a number of positions at Stanford between 1975 and 1986 before moving to the U.S. State Department, where he worked as the director of the State Department’s Office of Analysis for East Asia and the Pacific. Thomas returned to Stanford in 2009 after a 23-year-long career in Washington that included service as Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research and chairman of the National Intelligence Council.
- Cornell University, BA '68
- Stanford University, MA '69, PhD '77
- Payne Distinguished Lecturer, Stanford University, 2009
- Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis and Chairman of the National Intelligence Council, 2005 to 2008
- Assistant Secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, 2001 to 2003
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Monday & Tuesday, April 9 & 10
Depart U.S. / Beijing, China
Depart the U.S. on international flights, crossing the International Date Line in flight and arriving in Beijing on Tuesday. Enjoy the remainder of the evening at leisure. GRAND HYATT HOTEL
Wednesday through Friday, April 11, 12 & 13
During our three full days in China’s capital city, visit the Forbidden City, site of the Imperial Palace of omnipotent Chinese emperors. Walk through Tiananmen Square, which is flanked by the Great Hall of the People, the Museum of Chinese History and the Gate of Heavenly Peace. Visit the Temple of Heaven, a complex of three main structures: the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, the Imperial Vault of Heaven and the Circular Mound Altar of Heaven. Take an excursion outside of Beijing to see the wondrous Great Wall. Enjoy a hutong tour by pedicab and feast on a special Beijing duck dinner. GRAND HYATT HOTEL (B,L-ALL 3 DAYS, D-4/12)
Saturday, April 14
Fly to Xian, one of the only cities in China with a totally intact ancient city wall; view its South Gate as we enter the city. Walk through the old district where the Great Mosque and the Chinese garden surrounding it create an island of tranquility. SOFITEL RENMIN SQUARE XIAN (B,L,D)
Sunday, April 15
Xian served as the capital during the reign of Qin Shi Huang Di, the first emperor of China. The legendary life-size terra-cotta army, China’s most breathtaking archaeological find, was created to protect his tomb. Discovered in 1974, it is only part of the treasure trove, much of which remains hidden beneath the low hills outside Xian. SOFITEL RENMIN SQUARE XIAN (B,L)
Monday, April 16
Xian / Guilin
This morning visit the Yangling Tomb Museum, which opened in 1999 and features recent archaeological discoveries from the Han dynasty. In 2006 an incredible extension to the site was opened where we can now view the underground excavation trenches. Fly to Guilin to view the Sugarloaf Mountains that rise from the flat plains near the Li River and have inspired poets and painters for centuries. SHERATON GUILIN (B,L,D)
Tuesday, April 17
Spend a full day exploring the scenic countryside. Enjoy a cruise down the Li River and, as we pass limestone pinnacles, rice paddies and bamboo groves, watch village life unfold along the banks of the river. The evening is free to explore Guilin at leisure. SHERATON GUILIN (B,L)
Wednesday, April 18
Guilin / Shanghai / Suzhou
Explore Guilin this morning before our flight to Shanghai. On arrival at Shanghai’s domestic airport, continue by coach into the Yangtze River delta region known as the “Land of Fish and Rice” to Suzhou. This city of classical gardens and silk production is sometimes known as the “Venice of China,” and its wealth and culture left a deep impression on Marco Polo during his travels. SUZHOU Pan Pacific Hotel (B,D)
Thursday, April 19
Our stay begins with a visit to the Master of Nets Garden, famous for its elaborate rock sculptures and silk spinning factory. Stop at the Humble Administrators Garden, one of many UNESCO World Heritage sites in Suzhou. SUZHOU PAN PACIFIC HOTEL (B,L)
Friday, April 20
Suzhou / Shanghai
Board a coach for our return drive to Shanghai. Visit the city’s Yu gardens and stroll along the Bund, a popular place for early-morning exercise or evening walks. Tonight enjoy a magical performance by the Shanghai Acrobats. HYATT ON THE BUND (B,L)
Saturday, April 21
This morning tour the Shanghai Museum with its 30 centuries of art treasures. Enjoy a free afternoon before our farewell reception and dinner. HYATT ON THE BUND (B,D)
Sunday, April 22
Shanghai / U.S.
After breakfast, transfer to the Shanghai airport for flights to the U.S., crossing the international date line en route and arriving home the same day. (B)
Yangtze River Optional Post-Trip Extension
APRIL 22 to 26, 2012 (4 additional days)
Sunday, April 22
Shanghai / Chongqing / Embark MV Victoria Jenna
After breakfast at our hotel, transfer to the airport for our flight from Shanghai to Chongqing. Upon arrival visit the Three Gorges Museum, the Stillwell Museum and board our ship late this afternoon. MV Victoria Jenna(B,L,D)
Monday, April 23
The Yangtze River originates on the Tibetan Plateau and cuts through the mountainous terrain of Sichuan Province as it heads east towards the East China Sea. Sail downriver throughout the day through what was traditionally part of Sichuan Province and is now part of the newly created Chongqing Municipality. Depending on water levels and navigation schedules, a shore excursion will be made to Fengdu, the “ghost city”, or Shibaozhai, “the Precious Stone Block”. MV Victoria Jenna (B,L,D)
Tuesday, April 24
Enjoy the magnificent Three Gorges today. Sail into Qutang Gorge with its steep cliff faces; through Wu Gorge, the longest and most scenic gorge including Goddess Peak, and finally to the treacherous currents of Xiling Gorge. Disembark for an excursion by small boat along the Daning River, a tributary of the Yangtze River. View dramatic scenery in what are known as the “Lesser Three Gorges” and take a look at the backcountry farms and villages on the central Yangtze. Late today pass through the five-stage ship locks of the Three Gorges Dam. MV Victoria Jenna (B,L,D)
Wednesday, April 25
Yangtze River / Shanghai
This morning take a tour of the great Three Gorges Dam, completed since 2009 and in full operation. Return to the ship late this morning and enjoy lunch on board. After lunch, disembark and transfer to the airport for our flight to Shanghai. Dinner is on your own this evening. HYATT ON THE BUND (B,L)
Thursday, April 26
Shanghai / U.S.
Transfer to the airport and depart on flights homeward. (B)
$1,895 per person, double occupancy
$2,495 per person, single occupancy
What to Expect
We consider this Seminar to be a moderately strenuous program that is at times physically demanding and very busy. Daily excursions involve two to five miles of walking, often on uneven terrain, including stairs without handrails, high thresholds and cobbled paths. You will have to handle your own luggage at airport customs points where porters are not permitted. Participants must be physically fit, active and in good health. We welcome travelers 15 years of age and older on this program.
Limited to 45 participants
$6,995 per person, double occupancy
$8,345 per person, single occupancy
*Association nonmembers add $200 per person
- 12 nights of deluxe hotel accommodations
- 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 5 dinners
- Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions
- Bottled water on excursions
- Gratuities to porters, guides and drivers for all group activities
- All tours and excursions as described in the itinerary, including internal flights within China Transfers and baggage handling on program arrival and departure days
- Minimal medical, accident and evacuation insurance
- Educational program with lecture series and predeparture materials, including recommended reading list, a selected book, map and travel information
- Services of our professional tour manager to assist you throughout the program
- International and U.S. domestic airfare
- Passport and visa fees
- Immunization costs
- Meals and beverages other than those specified as included
- Independent and private transfers Trip-cancellation/ interruption and baggage insurance
- Excess-baggage charges
- Personal items such as email, telephone and fax calls, laundry and gratuities for nongroup services
International and U.S. domestic airfare is not included in the program cost. Round-trip, economy-class airfare on United Airlines from San Francisco to Beijing and from Shanghai to San Francisco is approximately $1,248 as of August 2011 and is subject to change without notice. Information on recommended flight itineraries will be sent by our designated agent.
Terms and Conditions
We encourage membership in the Alumni Association as the program cost for nonmembers is $200 more than the members' price. Parents and their children under 21 may travel on one membership. For more information or to purchase a membership, visit www.stanfordalumni.org/membership or call (650) 725-0692.
Deposits, Payments and Cancellations
A $1,000 deposit is required to hold space. Deposits and any payments are fully refundable, less a $500-per-person cancellation fee, until 120 days prior to departure. After that date, refunds can be made only if the program is sold out and your place(s) can be resold, in which case a $1,000-per-person cancellation fee will apply.
Stanford Travel/Study provides all travelers who are U.S. or Canadian citizens with minimal medical, accident and evacuation coverage under our group-travel insurance policy. We strongly recommend that you subscribe to optional baggage and trip-cancellation insurance. A brochure offering such insurance will be mailed with your confirmation about one week after we receive your deposit. The product offered in this brochure includes special benefits if you postmark your insurance payment within a specified window: 15 days of the date listed on the confirmation letter for the Waiver of Pre-Existing Conditions and coverage for Financial Insolvency; 21 days for the Cancel for Any Reason benefit.
The Stanford Alumni Association, Stanford University and our operators act only as agents for the passenger with respect to transportation and ship arrangements and exercise every care possible in doing so. However, we can assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity in connection with the service of any automobile, motorcoach, launch or any other conveyance used in carrying out this program or for the acts or defaults of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the program. We cannot accept any responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine, force majeure or other causes beyond our control. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger as tour rates provide arrangements only for the time stated. We reserve the right to make such alterations to this published itinerary as may be deemed necessary. The right is reserved to cancel any program prior to departure in which case the entire payment will be refunded without further obligation on our part. The right is also reserved to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of the program. No refund will be made for an unused portion of any tour unless arrangements are made in sufficient time to avoid penalties. Baggage is carried at the owner's risk entirely. It is understood that the ship's ticket, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the passenger and the cruise company. The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board their plane or conveyance. Neither the Alumni Association, Stanford University nor our operators accept liability for any carrier's cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a nonrefundable ticket in connection with the tour. Program price is based on rates in effect at the time the brochure is printed and is subject to change without notice to reflect fluctuations in exchange rates, tariffs or fuel charges. As a condition of participation, all confirmed participants are required to sign a Release of Liability.
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