Peking Uni

Prior to this piece, I wrote an article with the name ‘A Confucian Education’ which mentioned Beijing’s ancient Imperial Academy. Shifting away from this, the city is home to the country’s top universities which are renowned for their academic excellence. This is none more true than that of China’s first modern national university; namely, Peking […]

Prior to this piece, I wrote an article with the name ‘A Confucian Education’ which mentioned Beijing’s ancient Imperial Academy. Shifting away from this, the city is home to the country’s top universities which are renowned for their academic excellence. This is none more true than that of China’s first modern national university; namely, Peking University. Students, their families and indeed anybody can visit the university’s campus; so be sure to make room for this when you travel to Beijing. The university has its own subway station, (Peking University), which is perfect for student dashing to class albeit visitors coming from their respective Beijing hotels.  The creative comic sketches along the subway walls certainly send a fond reminder that you are entering university grounds.

Originally called Imperial University of Peking, the university was founded in 1898 to substitute the Imperial Academy. Since then, the university has gone from strength to strength and ranks especially highly in fields such as science and has had many notable figures pass through its gates such as Mao Zedong. To absorb some of the university’s culture, it would be recommended that you visit some of Peking’s fine exhibitions in its many museums. The Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology, for one, presents some fascinating artifacts from excavations.

To really appreciate what the Peking campus has to offer, take some time to look at some of its magnificent architecture. One good place to enter the campus, therefore, is from the West Gate as here you will be able to experience the grandeur of the university passing through its old crimson royal gates between two might stone lions. Another attraction which (literally) cannot be missed is the Boya Pagoda which towers over Weiming Lake. The pagoda was once used as a water tower but now is simply iconic in the university’s landscape. Further on, is Yannan Garden which was built in 1998 to celebrate Peking’s centenary. This is undoubtedly a must-see section of the campus and complements to prestigious nature of its surroundings.

It is always wonderful to imagine that these universities were the very places that great thinkers also once strolled. Perhaps the very atmosphere will also inspire you in conjuring monumental ideas when wandering around the serene Weiming Lake, for instance. In any case, the campus grounds are peaceful whilst also simultaneously full of life. People can be seen mulling around the lake, families educating their children what a squirrel is (despite it being a chipmunk), whilst others cycle in the most leisurely of fashions. Indeed, if you like the sound of Beijing tours, then why not try a cycle tour to explore one of the quickest and most enjoyable way to get around the campus.

 

 

 

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Beijing Normal University

On May 10, 2012, in Beijing, Modern Architecture, More Places of Interest, by Jack Li

If you travel to Beijing you will certainly pass more than one university on your way and sometimes you might not even realize it. Not all universities are as big and famous as Beijing Daxue or Tsinghua University but there are lots of bigger and smaller universities in the city that are worth stopping by […]

If you travel to Beijing you will certainly pass more than one university on your way and sometimes you might not even realize it. Not all universities are as big and famous as Beijing Daxue or Tsinghua University but there are lots of bigger and smaller universities in the city that are worth stopping by for a short visit on your Beijing Tours. Even if you’re not that interested in seeing the inside of the buildings you can walk around on the campus and take the opportunity to sit down in a quiet spot and enjoy a little snack and a drink or have a look at what’s going on around you. On the weekends universities are places where not only students spend their free time but also visitors because during the day they are in general open to the public.

When you look at the main building you wouldn’t think that its history goes back over a hundred years. It was founded in 1902 as one of the earliest established institutions of higher education in the country. After several changes it was named Beijing Normal University in 1923 and it is today one of the nation’s first ten key universities, situated northwest of Beijing’s center. In contrast to its past the architecture of the university is modern rather than traditional. Especially the entrance of the main building with its particular design the fountain in front of it offers a great opportunity to take some nice pictures. When you enter the main hall you’ll find a model of Normal University which gives you an impression on how big the grounds really are. At present, BNU has 22 schools, 6 departments, 14 research institutes and a number of research centers. Currently over 16,000 full time students are enrolled including 8,000 undergraduate students and over 7,000 master’s degree and doctoral candidates.

The university’s main subjects include Chinese Language and Culture, Historical Studies, Psychology, Pedagogy, Pre-school Education and Studies of Educational Techniques. With a growing number of foreign students coming to Chinese universities BNU also offers different Chinese language programs and cooperates with numerous foreign universities. One reason why over 2,000 students from other countries are currently enrolled at BNU is China’s fast growing economy and with that the demand for Chinese speaking employees in foreign countries.

In 2011 BNU had the honor of welcoming Premier Wen Jiabao to the graduation ceremony at the university. The reason for this important visit was the first year of tuition free normal graduates. Nearly everywhere in the world education is an important element of a country’s culture and therefore it’s interesting to see some differences and common points between different universities. Many big and well-known universities are not far from the city center. For that reason you can easily stop by on your China Tours for a short visit.

Top 10 Chinese Universities

On July 18, 2011, in Featured China Stories, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Attention, students! Thinking about studying abroad? Book an affordable flight with China Flights and come study in the Orient! Here is a list of China’s top 10 universities to help you narrow down your choices. To enhance your experience abroad, check out some China Tours and do some sightseeing! The following list was compiled based […]

Attention, students! Thinking about studying abroad? Book an affordable flight with China Flights and come study in the Orient! Here is a list of China’s top 10 universities to help you narrow down your choices. To enhance your experience abroad, check out some China Tours and do some sightseeing!

The following list was compiled based on researcher Wu Shulian’s matrix of findings by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Chinese University Alumni Association, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and other academic organizations.

Peking University

    1. Tsinghua University – Beijing, China. Est. 1911. Known as the “MIT of China.” Distinguished for excellence in natural sciences. Many members of the CCP are Tsinghua alumni.
    2. Peking University – Beijing, China. Est. 1898. Distinguished for excellence in social sciences and producing movements of intellectual freedom. Beautiful Chinese architecture on campus.
    3. Zhejiang University – Hangzhou, China. Est. 1897. Emphasis on interdisciplinary education. Library collection of 6.9 volumes makes it second largest academic collection in mainland China (behind Peking University).
    4. Shanghai Jiao Tong University Shanghai, China. Est. 1896. Well-known for coordination between industry, academy, and research. Medical school affiliated with 12 different hospitals.
    5. Nanjing University – Nanjing, China. Est. 1902. First Chinese modern university with combination of education and research. In 2009, over 2,000 students chose to study abroad at Nanjing University with the largest number of students from the U.S. among Chinese universities.
    6. Fudan University – Shanghai, China. Est. 1905. Known for its 10 teaching hospitals integrating medical service, medicine education and research. Member of Universitas 21, association of leading universities worldwide.
    7. University of Science and Technology of China – Hefei, China. Est. 1958. Focus on scientific and technological research with some expansion into humanities and management. Frequently takes on national, ministerial, and provincial research projects.
    8. Sun Yat-sen University – Guangzhou, China. Est. 1924. Emphasis on interdisciplinary education. Univeristy motto: “Study extensively; Enquire accurately; Reflect carefully; Discriminate clearly; Practice earnestly.”
  1. Huazhong University of Science and Technology – Wuhan, China. Est. 1907. Major focus on eng
  2. ineering disciplines. From 1988 to 2000, led series of pivotal reforms among technical schools by establishing non-technical departments and hosting nation-wide lectures in humanities.
  3. Wuhan University – Wuchang, China. Est. 1893. Key university of liberal arts and sciences. Widely regarded as one of China’s mostbeautiful universities, especially for springtime cherry blossoms.

 

(Italicized names indicate membership in the C9 League, a 2009 association of nine government-determined top Chinese universities.)

Whether your interests lay more in the natural or the social sciences, you can find your niche at these wonderful Chinese universities. Travel with China Travels for your next academic year and experience it for yourself!

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University Tours in Beijing

On November 5, 2010, in Beijing, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Beijing, as the political, economical and cultural center of China, accumulates a number of famous universities such as Tsinghua University and Beijing University. These universities have produced numerous leaders for all fields since their establishment. Thus, they are called “cradles for excellent young people” in China. For their worldwide reputation, they have become hot spots […]

Beijing, as the political, economical and cultural center of China, accumulates a number of famous universities such as Tsinghua University and Beijing University. These universities have produced numerous leaders for all fields since their establishment. Thus, they are called “cradles for excellent young people” in China. For their worldwide reputation, they have become hot spots for travelers in recent years. Personally, I also think such university tours are necessary for us to learn about the educational and cultural states of modern China. So, this article will recommend the two most famous universities in China for those who Travel to Beijing on a china travel.

1. Tsinghua University

 

Tsinghua Garden

Tsinghua University is located in the north-west suburb of Beijing, on the site of a former royal garden. It was established in 1911 when it was called Tsinghua Xuetang. It was first a preparatory school for students who would be sent to study in the United States. In 1925 it started to enroll students for a four-year university study. Later, it started to open research centers for graduates and PhD students. As the best university in China, Tsinghua University is a leader in many areas such as Humanities and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Engineering, Life Sciences and Medicine and Economics and Management. These advances are inseparable from its comfortable campus environment which rank high both at home and abroad. In fact, it has been ranked as one of the most beautiful universities in the world mainly because of its buildings which are characterized by a combination of Chinese and Western styles.

The whole campus can be divided into east section and west section along the north-south axis. The west section is the old campus which features American layout and Western structures. The Great Hall, the central architecture in this section, together with the Science Hall, west part of Gymnasium and the old Library were called “Four Main Buildings” in early times. The Great Hall is in ancient Roman style. It is regarded by Tsinghua people as a symbol of their resolute, simple and unyielding personality.

While these buildings are in western style, the former royal gardens such as Gongziting, Guyuetang and Shuimuqinghua show traditional Chinese architecture. The east section has the Main Building with a Russian style surrounded by School of Architecture, Law School, School of Economics and Management and School of Sciences.

2. Peking University

 

Gate of Peking University

Peking University is another most famous university. Established in 1898, it is the first university in China. It is the birthplace for “New Culture Movement” and “May Fourth Movement”. Like Tsinghua University, Peking University is also regarded as the strongest university in China. It ranks No.1 also in a lot of areas such as Sciences, Arts and Medicine. Actually it is parallel with Tsinghua University in many aspects. However, they have one difference, that is, the campus atmosphere of Peking University is romantic while that of Tsinghua University is somewhat realistic.

Peking University’s romance may originate from its concentration on arts. In fact, Peking University has contributed a lot to modern Chinese

Weiming Lake and Boya Tower

literature, poetry and art.Besides the academic aspect, its romance also lies in its beautiful campus environment. As it is located in the former site of royal gardens, it maintains the traditional houses, gardens, pagodas and historical buildings and structures. The most famous resorts in Peking University are its library, Weiming Lake and Boya Tower. Its library is the largest in Asia covering an area of 51,000 square meters. It has witnessed and preserved the long history of Peking University. Weiming Lake symbolizes the beauty and virtue of this university and the straight tower indicates the spirit of ceaseless self-improvement of its people.

Tsinghua University and Peking University are the dreamed university for a lot of Chinese students, not only because of their leading place in a range of areas but also because of their beautiful environments. Travelers on Beijing Tours are strongly suggested to pay a visit to them.

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