Students will be met at the Xi’an airportor train station, or may travel directly to the Cuiyuan Hotel, located on the campus of Xibei University (city of X’ian) on June 18. Students may travel to X’ian by train or may fly into the Xi’an-Xianyang international airport (XIY). Please note that train tickets often sell out in summer and should be purchased well in advance through a website such as Ctrip or through a local travel agent. From Beijing to Xi’an, high speed trains leave every 1 to 2 hours throughout the day. If you are unable to purchase the ticket you desire, you can always take a slower train. There are also many domestic flights to Xi’an from other points of entry into China such as Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing, and some international flights go directly to Xi’an.
The program coordinators will meet the students at the airport on June 18 between 11 AM and 2 PM; and at the North Train Station between 2:15 PM and 4 PM. Those who miss the meeting time can take the public transportation or a taxi to the Cuiyuan Hotel (the meeting time is subject to change once we know students’ travel schedules).
If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email to the project director. Local cell phone number and other emergency contact information will be provided to all enrolled students.
VISA REQUIREMENTS: Non-Chinese participants are required to secure a visa to China prior to arrival. Click here to for a link to forms from the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles. All students should apply for a tourist visa (L) for 60 days, unless you plan to stay in China longer. Instructions on how to complete the application are provided in the course syllabus. For more information on travel in China, please visit the US State Department Travel Advice page.
HEALTH ISSUES: For specific information regarding travel health issues pertinent to travel in China, consult with the Centers for Disease Control website.