China’s Heart & Heartland Tour

This USCPFA tour will be especially appropriate for teachers and others interested in China’s education system, and for those interested in Shanxi Province and its capital of Taiyuan (sister city to Nashville,TN). Consider it for yourself, or pass it on to others.

The tour is sponsored by the US-China Peoples Friendship Association ( and will be hosted in China by Youxie (the Chinese Peoples’ Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries) as a part of the Youxie-USCPFA continuing exchange. (Tour size: 6 passengers minimum, 9 maximum, plus 1 tour leader.) APPLY BY JULY 14, 2011.

Email Barbara Cobb, USCPFA National Tour Coordinator 6/13/11 Tel: 615-833-9512

China’s Heart & Heartland – October 14-25, 2011 – Cost: $1,050 + airfare Beijing – Datong, Pingyao, & Taiyuan in Shanxi – Xian in Shaanxi - Shanghai

China’s civilization began around the Yellow River, which flows between Shanxi & Shaanxi provinces in northern China. After visiting important cultural & historical sites in Beijing, travel by train to visit this heartland area and several of its UNESCO World Heritage Sites. End the tour in fantastic Shanghai, a cultured pearl on China’s southeast coast.

China is not only an ancient land and culture, but also a current home to 1.3 billion people, 20% of whom are younger than 15 years. Education and children are close to China’s heart. To learn about China’s education system, this tour will visit K-12 schools at all levels—primary, middle, and high school—plus a vocational school, a university that trains teachers, and an after-school enrichment program—the Children’s Palace.

For a brochure and more information click here.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, don't miss these!
Datong - Yungang Buddhist sculpture caves

Datong - Hanging Temple

Taiyuan - Jinci Temple

Pingyao - (click on video at right of screen for virtual tour of Pingyao & Qiao family courtyard)