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Rubens and China:

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Behind a non-descript door in the corner of gallery 690 in the Metropolitan Museum, a Peter Paul Rubens drawing waited for me …

As my former students know, I have long been interested in cross-cultural exchange.

In part this fas...

Last year we were asked by the Columban Mission Society in Australia to organise a pilgrimage through China for their friends, to places of significance in their story.

The Columbans are a society of Catholic priests which since 1918 has been working around the world, i...

I love introducing Sino-Immersions' clients to the rich history of east-west cultural exchange that is present all around us.

During our tours this cross-cultural interaction may be more obvious in visits to places like a museum for silk embroideries or a city wall or a...

Every dawn, on the northern side of Tiananmen Square, between the Monument to the People's Heroes and Mao Zedong's portrait gazing out across the Avenue of Eternal Peace, China's national flag is raised over the gathered throng. On the day we were there recently, as pa...

October 2, 2017

Suzhou is a city still crisscrossed by creeks and canals, including the famous Grand Canal.

During the imperial period this was a major conduit for the transportation of goods and food from the rich south to the northern capital.

The presence of the Grand Canal in one’s...

September 22, 2017

On Monday, 9 teachers and administrators from the Australian Jesuit and Companion Schools will embark on an Ignatian formation tour through China, learning about the rich history of east-west cultural exchange. 

Once more it will be led by Dr Jeremy Clarke, although thi...

It's that time of year again in Australia, when Dads across the country wonder in dread whether they'll crack the Father's Day trifecta of new socks, aftershave and a few bottles of craft beer.

Fear not, Sino-Immersions has the gift for all families wanting to give Dad...

Tour companies and tourists alike have been confronted this past northern summer by angry folk, posters and pushback from cities complaining about their presence. From Venice and Rome to the Adriatic ports cruise liners pull into, locals have been agitating against the...

August 1, 2017

When I first started traveling by myself around China, back in the late 1980s, Xi'an was a long hike out over the western horizon.

Back then I still had Chinese classmates in Shanghai and Beijing and was trying to catch them when our varying university schedules allowed...

Maggie Scollan, a native of Mahopac, New York and a Boston College alumna (a Gabelli Presidential Scholar, and history and biology major) writes of her experiences visiting Peking Man during a Summer Study Abroad session during her undergraduate degree. Although Maggie...

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