Learning Tours

Since the mid-1990s MPC has arranged a number of learning tours for North Americans interested in visiting China. While there are many commercial tours that take in China’s most famous sights, MPC learning tours take advantage of the many relationships and connections it has built over the years.
    North American tour operators or schools usually do recruitment for MPC learning tours, but on occasion MPC will also recruit and organize its own tour. The size of groups can vary from 10 to 30 persons. Tour length vary from 14 to 21 days, with optional visits available for those who want to see more. MPC does not use local tour companies but instead makes all of its own arrangements and again depends on its network of friends and partners.
    Tours can be adapted according to the interests of the participants. Most tours spend time in Beijing, Xi’an and Chengdu, with some visiting Nanjing, Shanghai or Hong Kong. In addition to the larger cities, tours spend time in smaller cities, particularly in Sichuan province. It is there that participants can see rural life and the China that is beyond the normal tour. We visit schools, talk to teachers, spend time with visiting professors who have studied abroad, and learn about the pressures of education in China. We learn about family life by visiting homes and talking to friends. There are opportunities to learn about the Chinese language, practice calligraphy, hear traditional music, see the creations of traditional artists, attend operas and practice tai-ji. Some groups may be interested in learning about Chinese traditional medicine.
    MPC tours visit churches and seminaries and arrange time for participants to meet pastors and church leaders. There is much mis-information about the situation of the church in China and an MPC tour can give first-hand background to the complexity and challenges that the church faces. Tours visit Buddhist and Daoist temples and mountains and learn about the long history of folk religion.
    MPC arranges all the logistics of tours and provides accommodations and transportation that emphasize safety and good service. Travel is by airplane, train, chartered bus and in some larger cities public transportation. There are numerous opportunities for shopping—there are excellent markets and places to buy souvenirs and artifacts. MPC tours avoid the larger “tourist traps” of commercial tours, particularly for meals. We choose restaurants that don’t serve poor quality food designed for Western tour groups, but rather authentic restaurants that give a taste of the incredible variety and richness of Chinese cuisine.
    If there is interest in an MPC-sponsored learning tour, please contact Myrrl Byler (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Jeanette Hanson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).