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Virginia Bower

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Virginia Bower is an expert on Chinese art and archaeology. Virginia did her graduate study at Princeton University, and is now an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia; she also teaches regularly at Rutgers University. She has contributed to numerous museum catalogs and exhibitions and is a co-editor of Chinese Ceramics: From the Paleolithic Period through the Qing Dynasty (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010). She has lived in Taiwan and worked at the National Palace Museum in Taipei. Virginia first visited China as a tour lecturer in the 1980’s and has returned many times on a wide range of itineraries sponsored by educational institutions, including the Smithsonian.

What Our Travelers Say

Virginia was very personable and did a great job - very knowledgeable about China!

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Upcoming Tours

Classic China and Tibet

19 days | Starting at: $6,987
May 5, 2016 - May 23, 2016
May 3, 2017 - May 21, 2017

Featuring a Yangtze River Cruise
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