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Alumni Travel Reading: China

Classic China & The Yangtze

Mountain tops

Courtesy of Chi King, from


Past and Present: An Introduction

The Great Wall

View of the Great Wall of China and mountains

Couresty of

Beautiful Sichuan

View of mountains and rice farms

Longsheng Rice Terraces. Courtesy of epidemiks,

The Everday in Sichuan Province

In Film:


24 City by the director Zhang Jiake, portrays contemporary Chengdu, a Sichuanese city, through a combination of documentary interviews and fictional scenes acted in a documentary style. 


Chinese bridge with city skyline




The Anshun Bridge, Chengdu. Courtesy of


 Purchase the film here.


In Books:


Along the Yangtze

River between mountains at sunset

Dusk on the Yangtze. Courtesy of


Selected and Annotated By:

Brian Vivier
Chinese Studies Librarian & Coordinator of Area Studies Collections

For more information concerning this Penn excursion, please visit the Penn Alumni Travel website.


In Film:

Lust, Caution is an espionage thriller based on Eileen Chang's novel of the same name (see below).

Movie poster for "Lust Caution" Courtesy of

In Books:

Shanghai Skyscape

Shanghai skyline

Courtesy of

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