HarvardX Professors Lead Tour Exploring Ties of Japan and China


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Professors from the HarvardX courses ChinaX and Visualizing Japan will be leading a study tour to explore the ancient and modern connections between Japan and China.

This two-week tour, led by Peter Bol, Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and professor for ChinaX, and Andrew Gordon, the Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History and professor for Visualizing Japan, examines how two great cultures have developed from ancient times into the present—touching upon food, religion, science, and war.

Travel highlights include:

  • Listen to in-depth lectures on the heritage of China and Japan
  • Sample local cuisines
  • Visit the Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo
  • Stroll in Kyoto’s historic Gion district
  • Explore the exquisite Suzhou gardens and grand canal
  • Ride a cable car to Jinshanling, a rugged section of the Great Wall

Offered through the Harvard Alumni Association 2017 Worldwide Travel Programs, the tour is open to all Harvard alumni, including participants in the ChinaX and Visualizing Japan courses. To learn more and reserve your place, visit: Japan & China: Ancient & Modern Connections (May 8–22, 2017)

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