change of place impart new vigor to the mind.'
For those who want a taste of it all – the rich history, the bustling metropolitan lifestyle, and the real Chinese life in different cities.
The Three Cities Program is an in-depth, comprehensive study and travel program which brings its travellers back in time to explore China’s deep history in Xian, settles them in the present day in the capital city of Beijing, and spins them forward to the technologically advanced, glamour-filled future in Shanghai.
Visit the most attractive cities in China, Beijing, Xian and Shanghai and broaden your knowledge of China while you sharpen your Mandarin skills.
Blessed with a northern location resulting in a four-season continental climate, Beijing is an ideal representation of the tides of change. As a political, cultural and economic centre of China, this ancient capital is on the move. Home to over 14,000,000 people, Beijing has dusted off her traditional shen-i and donned a pair of jeans to show she can not only keep up but also lead. With every passing year Beijing climbs higher and stretches wider as more and more high rises dot the horizon and thousands more flock the city to discover its historical roots, explore its educational avenues, and capitalize on the multitude of business opportunities.
As the second largest city in China, Beijing is a hub of travel activity; with a plethora of international flights, and dozens of railways, roads and motorways zig-zagging throughout. Travellers will never feel alone as thousands of students and travellers alike frequent the numerous bars, clubs, teahouses and shopping malls.
Of course there are places for respite and serenity as well. Temples, parks and gardens offer the opportunity to pause in the grandeur of life and contemplate one’s natural surroundings.
Food is abundant and plenty, with choices ranging from local duck feasts to more westernized chains, like McDonald’s and Pizza Hut. There is also a wide selection of restaurants specializing in regional cuisines: Korean, Japanese, and Thai. From May to September enjoy dining outdoors underneath a string of illuminated paper lanterns.
It is said that the country runs on ‘Beijing time’ and as the nucleus to the country, it is no wonder it is being globally recognized as a city to visit and invest in. To learn more about Beijing, click
Steeped in history, Xi'an is a city well-deserving its title as one of the four great ancient capitals of China. As the capital city of many dynasties, the end point for The Silk Road, and home of the famous two-thousand year old Terracotta Army, Xian is the most important city in China’s history. With an abundance of museums and historical sites, it is an ideal place for students and travelers around the world. To learn more about Xi’an, click
Rising from the depths of a sleepy fishing village over four hundred years ago, and emerging from the struggle beneath communist rule, Shanghai has demonstrated its ability to withstand the tests of time. As a leader in commercial, financial, industrial, and communication areas, Shanghai is now the economic capital of China, and can proudly thrust her head upward in defiance of anyone who challenges the success she has to offer.
Although it cannot compete with the rich history of Beijing and Xi'an, Shanghai’s recent winning bid for Expo 2010 shows that it is a city determined to be seen and remembered for years to come. A glance at the Oriental Pearl Tower – the tallest building in Asian – and at the Bund tells us that it is a city well aware of where it has come from, and equally set on where it is going – to the future. To learn more about Shanghai, click
A glamorous, cosmopolitan city that over 18,000,000 people call home, Shanghai has proven she has the ability to revamp herself in order to survive. Drawing back on her roots of capitalizing on the Yangtze River close at hand, Shanghai is one of the busiest port cities, and was the largest port city in the world in 2005. The creation of the financial Pudong district in the early 1990s has drawn foreign investors from around the world, and everywhere in the city is a buzz of activity and decadence.
Beijing: Chinese Language Learning, Chinese Modern History and Politics
Xi'an: Chinese Language Learning, Chinese Ancient History
Shanghai: Chinese Language Learning, Chinese Business
Beijing: The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Beijing Zoo, Pinyao Ancient City, Lama Temple, Chengde Summer Palace
Xian: Great Muslim Temple, Drum Tower, Bell Tower, Bei Lin, City Wall, Big Goose Pagoda, Ban Po Neolithic Village, Terracotta Warriors, Hua Qing Pools
Shanghai: Oriental Pearl Tower, Guyuan Garden, the Bund, and weekend trips to Hangzhou, Suzhou and Nanjing
Beijing: Welcome party, partnered language exchange party, nightlife tour, Chinese food banquet, business onsite visits (including CCTV Station, Lenovo, Beijing City Planning Hall), business seminars (consisting of lecturers from different local and international companies)
Xian: Chinese calligraphy, Chinese history seminars (conducted by professors)
Shanghai: Partnered Language Exchange party, nightlife tour, business onsite visits (including Bao Steal factory and VW factory), Farewell dinner and party
Applicants must be:
- 18 to 60 years old (with exceptions)
- In good health
- A high school graduate
For further information on this unique program, click
here to contact RWC program advisors.