Posts Tagged ‘high school study abroad’

Video: A Palace with 9,999 Rooms

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Most of us are lucky to have a home that might have three bedrooms and one bathroom. But imagine living in a place that has 9,999 rooms! There is such a home which boasts the name “The Forbidden City,” and it can found in the middle of  Beijing, China.

But why 9,999? Why not 10,000?

There’s a perfectly good reason, but you’ll have to watch this video to find out. If you want to learn more, China’s Forbidden City can be seen on the Smithsonian Channel. This summer, students who travel on our new Smithsonian Studies Abroad program in Beijing will have the opportunity to see the Forbidden City and explore some of these rooms. They may come back wanting to redecorate their own bedroom, or possibly the entire house.

Would you want to live in a home with 9,999 rooms?

Smithsonian Studies Abroad is filling up fast for this summer! Will you go to China, Italy or Spain?

Body of General Cao Cao discovered 1,700 years after death

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

China’s Yangtze River

Chinese general and Han Dynasty Chancellor Cao Cao was buried in central China after his death in CE 220. His tomb in China’s Henan province was first excavated in late 2008, and archeologists have since unearthed more than 250 artifacts. After following a passage of more than 100 feet, workers recently came upon the underground chamber where Cao Cao was buried with his wife and a younger woman, possibly a servant. Cao Cao fathered 25 sons and was also a celebrated poet and author, but had a reputation as a cruel and merciless tyrant. Whatever the case, click here for more on his very eventful life.

If you’re a teenager thinking about what to do next summer (or looking for something for your teenagers to do), consider your own eventful trip to China for our High School Study Abroad program. Here’s your chance to learn a bit of Chinese, hang out with some Chinese teenagers, go to the Great Wall, see the Terra Cotta Warriors, and even do some volunteer work in Beijing.

If you were an archeologist, what would you want to unearth?