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U.S. Study Tour

14 Days / 13 Nights
Los Angeles/San Francisco/Seattle/Boston/New Haven/Philadelphia/New York

Los Angeles is the most populous city in the U.S. state of California and the second most populous in the United States, after New York City. Nicknamed the City of Angels, Los Angeles is a global city, with strengths in business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, sports, technology, education, medicine and research and has been ranked sixth in the Global Cities Index. The city is home to renowned institutions covering a broad range of professional and cultural fields and is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States. Los Angeles includes Hollywood and leads the world in the creation of television productions, video games, and recorded music; it is also one of the leaders in motion picture production. Additionally, Los Angeles hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1932 and 1984.

San Francisco is the leading financial and cultural center of Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area. The city was founded on June 29, 1776, when colonists from Spain established a fort at the Golden Gate and a mission named for St. Francis of Assisi a few miles away. The California Gold Rush of 1849 brought rapid growth, making it the largest city on the West Coast at the time. The city is renowned for its cool summers, fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of architecture, and landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, the former prison on Alcatraz Island, and its Chinatown district.

Seattle is a major coastal seaport city and one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. A major gateway for trade with Asia, Seattle is the 8th largest port in the United States and 9th largest in North America in terms of container handling. The city developed as a technology center in the 1980s. The stream of new software, biotechnology, and Internet companies led to an economic revival. More recently, Seattle has become a hub for “green” industry and a model for sustainable development. The city also has a noteworthy musical history, reputed as the birthplace of grunge music and well-known for its jazz scene in its earlier days.

One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston was founded on the Shawmut Peninsula in 1630 by Puritan colonists from England. It was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution, such as the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill and the Siege of Boston. After the coming of American independence the city became an important port and manufacturing center, and a center of education and culture as well. Its rich history helps attract many tourists. The area’s many colleges and universities make Boston an international center of higher education and medicine, leading many to dub the city “The Athens of America.”

New Haven is the second-largest city in Connecticut after Bridgeport and the sixth-largest in New England. It was founded in 1638 by English Puritans, and a year later eight streets were laid out in a four-by-four grid, creating what is now commonly known as the “Nine Square Plan”, now recognized by the American Institute of Certified Planners as a National Planning Landmark. The central common block is New Haven Green, a 16-acre (6 ha) square, now a National Historic Landmark and the center of Downtown New Haven.

Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the second largest city on the East Coast of the United States, and the fifth-most-populous city in the United States. It is located in the Northeastern United States along the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers, and it is the only consolidated city-county in Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 Census, the city had a population of 1,526,006, growing to 1,547,607 in 2012 by Census estimates. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural center of the Delaware Valley, home to over 6 million people and the country’s sixth-largest metropolitan area. Within the Delaware Valley, the Philadelphia metropolitan division consists of five counties in Pennsylvania and has a population of 4,008,994.

New York is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York Metropolitan Area, one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world. A global power city, New York exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment. The home of the United Nations Headquarters, New York is an important center for international diplomacy and has been described as the cultural capital of the world. As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York, making it the most linguistically diverse city in the world.

1 Arrive in Los Angeles
Fly to Los Angeles on China Southern Airlines. Upon arrival in Los Angeles, you will meet your Chinese speaking guide and transfer to the hotel for a 2 nights’ stay. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
2 University of Southern California
Visit USC, the University of Southern California, one of the world’s leading private research universities.
3 Arrive in San Francisco, California
Drive from Las Vegas to San Francisco and enjoy the beautiful scenery along Highway 1. Upon arrival in San Francisco, transfer to the hotel for a 3 nights’ stay.
4 University of California Berkeley & Stanford University
In the morning, explore the University of California in Berkeley, famous in California for its science programs. In the afternoon, drive down to Stanford University, which has one of the top engineering programs in the U.S.
5 Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge & Sausalito
Start your tour of San Francisco with a visit to Fisherman’s Wharf. Afterwards, drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, where you will have the opportunity to explore Muir Woods and the gorgeous Victorian houses along the bayside.
6 Arrive in Seattle
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Seattle, Washington, where you will transfer to the hotel for a 2 nights’ stay.
7 Seattle City Tour
Spend the day exploring Seattle, including visits to the Museum of Flight, the Seattle Aquarium, Pacific Place, and the Space Needle.
8 Arrive in Boston, Massachusetts
In the afternoon, take a flight to Boston, Massachusetts and transfer to the hotel for a 2 nights’ stay.
9 Harvard University & MIT
Spend the day visiting Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The former is an Ivy League school best known for its programs excelling in law, and the latter famous for being one of the best universities in the country for science and technology.
10 Arrive in New Haven, Connecticut & Yale University
In the morning, drive to New Haven, Connecticut, where you will check into the hotel for a 1 night stay. In the afternoon, visit Yale University, a legendary Ivy League school and one of the top universities in the country.
11 Arrive in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania & Wharton University of Pennsylvania
Drive to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and check into the hotel for a 1 nights stay. Later in the day explore Wharton University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), which has the top liberal arts and business program in the country.
12 Arrive in New York & Half-Day City Tour
At the start of the day, drive from Philadelphia to New York City, where you will check into the hotel for a 2 nights’ stay. Spend the afternoon in a half-day tour of New York City, including a visit to Times Square.
13 New York University & Columbia University
In the morning, visit New York University, a top school with a great reputation in mathematics and many other fields of study. In the afternoon, explore Columbia University, which in addition to being an Ivy League School, is one of the top-rated schools in business, journalism, and Russian literature.
14 Depart
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Los Angeles, where you will connect to an international flight to Guangzhou.



University of Southern California
The University of Southern California (known as USC or SC) is a private, not-for-profit, nonsectarian research university founded in 1880 with its main campus in Los Angeles, California. As California’s oldest private research university, USC has historically educated a large number of the region’s business leaders and professionals. In recent decades, the university has also leveraged its location in Los Angeles to establish relationships with research and cultural institutions throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim. Reflecting the status of Los Angeles as a global city, USC has the largest number of international students of any university in the United States. In 2011, USC was named among the Top 10 Dream Colleges in the nation.

Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway)
In California, Highway 1 named the Pacific Coast Highway or the “PCH” runs along the coast from Leggett, California (north of San Francisco) south through Big Sur to Los Angeles before terminating in Orange County. PCH runs along the coast while Pacific Highway runs inland. An old freeway section of U.S. Route 101 parallel to Interstate 5 near the San Diego International Airport is known as ‘Pacific Highway’ and is now locally maintained.

University of California, Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley (also referred to as UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, or simply Cal) is a public research university located in Berkeley, California, United States. The university occupies 1,232 acres (499 ha) on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay with the central campus resting on 178 acres (72 ha). It offers approximately 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines.

Stanford University
The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly referred to as Stanford University or Stanford, is an American private research university located in Stanford, California, on an 8,180-acre (3,310 ha) campus near Palo Alto. It is situated in the northwestern Silicon Valley, approximately 20 miles (32 km) northwest of San Jose and 37 miles (60 km) southeast of San Francisco. It is also one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Fisherman’s Wharf
Fisherman’s Wharf is a neighborhood and popular tourist attraction in San Francisco, California. It roughly encompasses the northern waterfront area of San Francisco from Ghirardelli Square or Van Ness Avenue east to Pier 35 or Kearny Street. The F Market streetcar runs through the area, the Powell-Hyde cable car lines runs to Aquatic Park, at the edge of Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Powell-Mason cable car line runs a few blocks away.

Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California, and the United States. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Formers travel guide considers the Golden Gate Bridge “possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world.”

Muir Woods
Muir Woods National Monument is a unit of the National Park Service on the Pacific coast of southwestern Marin County, California, 12 miles (19 km) north of San Francisco and part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It protects 554 acres (224 ha), of which 240 acres (97 ha) are old growth Coast Redwood forests, one of a few such stands remaining in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Museum of Flight
The Museum of Flight is a private non-profit air and space museum at King County International Airport (Boeing Field), south of downtown Seattle, Washington. It was established in 1965 and is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. As the largest private air and space museum in the world, it also hosts the largest K-12 educational programs in the world. The museum attracts over 400,000 visitors every year. The museum serves more than 140,000 students yearly through both its onsite programs: a Challenger Learning Center, an Aviation Learning Center, and a summer camp (ACE), as well as outreach programs that travel throughout Washington and Oregon.

The Seattle Aquarium
The Seattle Aquarium opened on May 20, 1977, and was initially owned and operated by the City of Seattle, Department of Parks and Recreation. On July 1, 2010, the nonprofit Seattle Aquarium Society assumed management of the Seattle Aquarium from the city. The aquarium promotes marine conservation and helps over 800,000 visitors each year, including 50,000 students, understand of their impact on marine life. It also conducts research on marine life. An 18,000-square-foot (1,700 m2) expansion that opened in June 2007 includes a new 2,625-square-foot (243.9 m2) gift store and café, as well as two new major exhibits: Window on Washington Waters and Crashing Waves.

The Space Needle
The Space Needle is an observation tower in Seattle, Washington, a landmark of the Pacific Northwest, and a symbol of Seattle. It has an observation deck at 520 ft (160 m) and a gift shop with the rotating SkyCity restaurant at 500 ft (150 m). From the top of the Needle, one can see not only the downtown Seattle skyline but also the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Elliott Bay, and surrounding islands. Photographs of the Seattle skyline often show the Space Needle prominently, above the rest of the skyscrapers and Mount Rainier.

Harvard University
Harvard University is an American private Ivy League research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts of United States. It was established in 1636 by the Massachusetts legislature. Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and the first corporation (officially The President and Fellows of Harvard College) chartered in the country. Harvard’s history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. MIT has five schools and one college, containing a total of 32 academic departments, with a strong emphasis on scientific, engineering, and technological education and research.

Yale University
Yale University is a private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (also known as The Wharton School) is the business school of the University of Pennsylvania, a private, Ivy League university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wharton is the United States’ oldest business school and the world’s first business school affiliated with an institution of higher learning. It was established in 1881 through a donation from Joseph Wharton. The University of Pennsylvania, Wharton’s parent institution, is among America’s first universities, founded by statesman Benjamin Franklin. The school’s faculty is the world’s most published and most cited among business schools.

Times Square
Times Square is a major commercial intersection and a neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Times Square is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway Theater District, one of the world’s busiest pedestrian intersections, and a major center of the world’s entertainment industry. According to Travel + Leisure magazine’s October 2011 survey, Times Square is the world’s most visited tourist attraction, hosting over 39 million visitors annually.

New York University
New York University (NYU) is a private, nonsectarian American research university based in New York City. NYU’s main campus is situated in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan. Founded in 1831, NYU is one of the largest private nonprofit institutions of American higher education.

Columbia University
Columbia University in the City of New York, commonly referred to as Columbia University, is an American private Ivy League research university in New York City. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York, the fifth oldest in the United States, and one of the country’s nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution. Today the university operates Columbia Global Centers overseas in Amman, Beijing, Istanbul, Paris, Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago and Nairobi.

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