ACE + China’s Capitals: Yesterday and Today

Ameson Introduction

The Ameson Education and Cultural Exchange Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1994. In addition to its headquarters in Washington D.C., the Foundation maintains representative offices throughout the United States, China, Canada, and the United Kingdom. In China alone, the Foundation has branches in Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing and more. Its honorary Chairman is former Secretary General of the United Nations, Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali. The Ameson Foundation works closely with world-class universities, government agencies and international organizations in its commitment to the development and organization of international educational and cultural exchange programs.

Tiananmen beijing Panorama

Program Introduction

This July, the Ameson Foundation will hold the Ameson China Elite’s (ACE) “ACE + China’s Capitals: Yesterday and Today”program in Beijing, China. In the past decade, over 2,000 students from United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France and China have participated in the program. Program participants have benefitted greatly from their participation in the two-week event, and feedback has been consistently and overwhelmingly positive.

Program Highlights

1. ACE - Coming Together:

  • Ameson China Elite – Providing young talent with a space for innovative thinking.
  • The ACE program gathers the brightest young minds from top secondary schools in P5 countries (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China) together in one place for a truly international atmosphere.
  • Engage experts and scholars from around the world.
  • Take part in the Youth Leadership Summit where young representatives from the five permanent member nations of the UN Security Council take on hot issues facing the world today and create a global perspective.
  • Participate in a model summit of the five permanent member states of the UN Security Council.
  • Faculty and staff from world-class universities will be in attendance.

2. China’s Capitals - Yesterday and Today:

  • Uncover the centers of China’s ancient and modern political, economic and cultural life in Beijing and Xi’an.
  • Experience traditional Chinese culture by learning flower arrangement and tea ceremony.
  • Visit Xi’an, a city often regarded as “China’s history museum.” Xi'an has 5,000 years of rich, significant history that can be traced back as the source of Chinese civilization.
  • Visit the Mausoleum of the Yellow Emperor (Huangdi), the legendary progenitor of the Chinese people.
  • Visit Hukou Waterfall (also hailed as the “Marvel of the Yellow River”), the second largest waterfall in China.
  • Explore Yan'an, the cradle of China's revolution, where you will experience firsthand the place that forged the will of many of Revolutionary China's founding leaders.

terra-cottaProgram Dates

July 27, 2015 - August 11, 2015


  1. Coming Together: Ameson China Elite (ACE) Training Camp
  2. China’s Capitals: Yesterday and Today

(For a detailed itinerary, please refer to Appendix I)

Program Expenses

Cost: $1,500/person

Program Includes:

  • Unique cultural activities including flower arrangement and tea ceremony sessions, Tianqiao acrobatics performance, theater performance of “Dream of the Great Tang Dynasty,” and a shadow puppet show.
  • Accommodations: While in Beijing, participants will be lodged in school dormitories alongside other students. During the rest of the trip (excluding Beijing), program participants will stay in three-star hotels.
  • Meals: includes standard tour group fare/school cafeteria for lunch and dinner.
  • Transportation: program cost includes transportation within cities.
  • High-speed train: second-class ticket from Beijing to Xi’an on the high-speed train (upgrades to first-class may be purchased separately).
  • Admission tickets: tickets to all the listed attractions are included.

xianwallNot Included in Program Fee:

  • International plane fare to China
  • Visa expenses
  • Transportation and accommodation and other fees incurred outside of China
  • Insurance
  • Airport pickup in Beijing
  • Airport drop off off in Xi’an
  • Admission tickets to any of the attractions not listed or expenses incurred through additional activities
  • Any expenses incurred that are not specifically stated in the “Program Includes” section

Application Requirements

  1. Students who are currently enrolled in grade 10-12.
  2. Students must understand English. Those who also understand Chinese will be given priority.

Application, Admission Period and Procedures

Application Timeline:

April 15, 2015 – June 30, 2015

Methods of Application:

  1. Registration by telephone:
  2. +86-21-62898123 Ext: 86613/86612 FAX: +86-21-62898208

  3. Registration by email
  4. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register via email.

Appendix I

Day 01
Location of origin/Beijing Embark on the journey: fly from your location of origin to Beijing.
Day 02
Beijing Arrive in Beijing: pickup at airport, register and check in to the hotel.
Day 03
Beijing Visit the world’s largest public square, Tiananmen Square. Then tour the Forbidden City, home to the country’s emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. While on the tour, students will gain a better understanding of Beijing’s Hutong culture. Next, visit the Lama Temple, one of the largest lamaseries of Tibetan Buddhism remaining in Beijing.
Day 04 07.29 Beijing Visit the Great Wall, one of the seven wonders of the world,. Walk along Badaling, one of the most representative sections of the wall; tour the Ming Tombs (Changling, one of the 13 Ming Dynasty Tombs).
Day 05 07.30 Beijing Visit Temple of Confucius, the second largest Confucian Temple in China, and the Imperial Academy, the highest institute of learning in China’s traditional education system during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties; participate in traditional Chinese cultural activities, during which students will make flower arrangements.
Day 06 07.31 Beijing Visit the Summer Palace, the largest and most beautifully maintained of the imperial gardens. Participate in a traditional Chinese tea tasting in the Temple of Great Awakening (Dajue Temple) to learn about Chinese tea culture and etiquette; take part in ACE’s orientation.
Days 07-11 08.01-05 Beijing ACE – meet and have meaningful exchanges with world leaders, scholars and experts through lectures and innovative workshops. Students can immerse themselves in engaging literary and art performances and receive lessons in Chinese culture.
Day 12 08.06 Beijing/Xi’an Take part in ACE’s closing ceremony. Afterwards, depart for Xi’an, the ancient capital of 13 dynasties.
Day 13 08.07 Xi’an/Lintong Visit the Terra Cotta Warriors, often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world; tour the historic Huaqing Hot Springs of the Tang Dynasty, which have been used by inhabitants for 6,000 years and by the royal house for 3,000 years.
Day 14 08.08 Xi’an/Hukou/Yan’an Check out the Loess Plateau landscape by bus and visit the Hukou Waterfall of the Yellow River, China’s second largest waterfall. Rest overnight in Yan’an.
Day 15 08.09 Yan’an/Yellow Emperor’s Mausoleum/Xi’an Travel back in time at the Yan’an Revolution Memorial Hall; pay a visit to the Yellow Emperor (Huangdi) Mausoleum, the altar of China.
Day 16 08.10 Xi’an Tour Daci’en Buddhist Temple and Giant Wild Goose Pagoda to take in a panoramic view of Xi’an; visit Xi’an Bell Tower and Drum Tower. Next, bike along the City Wall, the most complete surviving city wall in China and one of the largest ancient military defense systems in the world. Go on a night tour of Xi’an, take in the beautiful scenery and visit the Muslim Quarter to taste traditional Xi’an snacks.
Day 17 08.11 Xi’an/Location of origin The excursion concludes. Students can either choose to return to their locations of origin or start their independent travels.
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