Excursions | API Study Abroad


  • Courses in Mandarin and English


  • 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of Mandarin speakers
  • Completed API Application
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Copy of passport
  • Entry requirements: valid passport and student visa

Dates & Fees

Jul 13, 2018 - Aug 11, 2018


Apr 15, 2018
May 1, 2018


API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Shanghai programs. All excursions are subject to change.


Anfu Road is located on the northern edge of the French Concession. Anfu Road 284 is the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre, along with the Shanghai People’s Art Theatre and the Shanghai Youth Repertory Theatre. Anfu Road 308 is the home of Shanghai film distributing companies. Anfu Road has become a place of leading fashion trends and a good place to experience Shanghai’s fashionable metropolitan life.


API students will tour the capital of China, where they will be visiting such treasures as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Olympic Center, and the Silk Market.


Duolun Road is a good place to experience Shanghai’s culture of the last 100 years. It used to be the base for China’s modern literature, with several literary nobilities living here, such as Lu Xun, Mao Dun, and GuoMoruo. The only west China Christian church in Shanghai, named Hongdetang(鸿德堂), is also located here. The dormitory buildings of the Chinese University of the Arts located here have a predominantly Southeast Asian corridor building style. Jinyunli and Yonganli are classic shikumen structures (Shikumen residence, literally meaning ‘Stone Warehouse Gate’, is regarded as the most representative house style of Shanghai, like the Hutongs and Courtyards are representative of Beijing), and this area is the epitome of old Shanghai neighborhood buildings and Shanghai-style architecture. Today, it has become the fenceless museum of Shanghai architecture. Highlights of the sightseeing attractions on Duolun Road include a number of private museums: Jinquan Ancient Money Museum, Rare Stone Museum, Chopstick Collection Museum, and Bell Collection Museum.


Located at the base of the Oriental Pearl Tower in Lujiazui of Pudong New District, the Shanghai History and Development Exhibition Hall is an exhibit of the Shanghai History Museum. The museum is dedicated to the century-long history of the city of Shanghai. Visitors can enjoy a tour of Shanghai's past via a collection of waxwork figures and historic relics. Equipped with modern technology such as video and simulation, the museum also presents a vivid picture of old Shanghai city, covering six sections including the former concessions and old footsteps in Shanghai.

The Shanghai World Financial Center is a symbol of commerce and culture that speaks to the city’s emergence as a global capital. Located in Shanghai’s Lujiazui of Pudong District, the multi-use Shanghai World Financial Center is a vertical city, containing offices, conference facilities, urban retail and dining spaces, and a hotel. Above the hotel, on the 94th to 100th floors, is a visitor’s center and observatory.


The regal white building that houses the Shanghai Museum of Arts and Crafts dates back to the early 1900s. Visitors will find a vast collection of local artwork and artifacts that highlight the city’s history, development, and design. Though the museum is relatively small compared to others in the city, travelers say the coin and bill collection and jade and bamboo carvings are some of the best around. What makes this museum different from other museums is that visitors can see the artists at work, while they are seated in different rooms according to their craft. The first floor of the museum showcases paper-cutting, painted lanterns, paintings, and antiques. The second floor showcases various carvings of jade, ivory, wood, ink-stone, bamboo, porcelain, and lacquerware. The third and final floor of the museum showcases Gu embroidery, woolen

needlepoint embroidery, theatrical costumes, woolen knitting, and dough modeling. The Shanghai Museum of Arts and Crafts is a melting pot of two cultures. It showcases the various crafts of Shanghai within the French interior design of carved ceiling swirls, fresh flowers above the fireplace, and red carpet on the spiral staircase. The three exhibition halls of national arts and crafts, sculpture, and brocades respectively and about ten specialized workrooms in the main building bring together about 50 industrious, artistic professionals.


Sinan Road, regarded as “Shangzhijia,” is upstream on the Huangpu River and is supposedly where many of the celebrities and wealthy people of Shanghai gather. It is here that celebrities of the past, such as Sun Yat-sen, Zhou En-lai, Zhang Xueliang, etc. also gathered. These cultural elements have permeated every corner in Sinan Road. Nearby, Changle Road is the place to find the latest fashion with its numerous unique boutiques along the road.