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In May of this year, a group of students from the Harrington College of Design embarked on a trip of a lifetime – a trip that displayed the architectural, cultural and design treasures of China. Harrington Program Coordinator, Demetra Vartzikos, shares the group’s adventures…

“For the next part of our trip we visited a jade factory in Beijing and also learned about tea in a tea ceremony.

We then journeyed out into a hutong, which is a type of street and neighborhood in Beijing. Hutongs consist of narrow alleys and single story homes protected by high walls and with tiled roofs that face an interior central courtyard.  These types of houses have been the traditional houses of Beijing for over 700 years.

Near the end of the day we visited a local household where a family cooked dinner for us and allowed us a glimpse of the daily life of a typical Chinese family.

We also saw a Kung Fu show complete with kung fu, dance and acrobatics as well as some ornate traditional costumes.”

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