According to Stanford University Press, “Shanghai is China's ‘Gateway to Modernity,’ whose urban history continues to be redefined, retold, and resold." For Shanghai's 14 million inhabitants, the rapid transition from a burgeoning, ex-colonial city into a sleek, Manhattan-like metropolis is evident everywhere from the buildings to the the fashion.
For Eden Schumer '18, traveling to China this summer with Mandarin teacher Chris Fray, his husband Chip, and 21 Staples students was more than a dream come true. A major highlight of the excursion was visiting the Chengdu Panda Base, "I feel really lucky to have gotten to see them in person. They have been my favorite animal since I was little," Schumer said.
Xi'an | 西安
Xi’an, one of China’s oldest cities, boasts some of the most fascinating historical sites in the country. Surrounded by ancient city walls that tower over traffic, Xi’an’s most famous attraction lies outside the city proper. According to National Geographic, one of the world’s most significant archaeological sites — a Terracotta army built for the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang Di — was an accidental find discovered in 1974 by a farmer attempting to dig an irrigation well.