Live from China-Trip 2024

ACATCM’s Overseas Study Trip to China

We are excited to announce that ACATCM is embarking on its first overseas study trip to China since the COVID-19 pandemic, from May 23 to June 6, 2024. We will visit the vibrant cities of Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing, and Tianjin, exploring Chinese medicine universities, discussing partnerships, touring hospitals, and gaining insights into pharmaceutical manufacturing. Additionally, we will immerse ourselves in Chinese culture, exploring historical landmarks and local traditions.

Follow our journey on this blog, “Live from China Trip 2024,” for live updates, photos, and stories. Join us virtually on this exciting journey of learning and cultural exploration.

May 23: Setting Sail – The Journey Begins

Today, students from the Alberta College of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACATCM) embark on an exciting journey to China. Our adventure began in Calgary, with flights to Vancouver, a transit through South Korea, and finally landing in the vibrant city of Shanghai.

For many, this is their first trip to China, and the excitement is palpable. We are eager to explore the rich culture and history of this incredible country. As we visit various cities and universities, we aim to strengthen educational and research ties and sign important agreements that align with our institution’s vision and strategic planning.

Stay tuned for more updates and highlights from our travels. #ACATCMChinaTrip #DepartureDay

May 24-27: Shanghai – a vibrant fusion of East and West.

The First Exploration into the Magic City

Our delegation landed in Shanghai, a city that seamlessly combines tradition and modernity, offering endless surprises throughout the weekend.

On the Bund, we admired Shanghai’s historic and modern skyline, while Yuyuan Garden immersed us in the ancient Jiangnan garden world. We also visited Disneyland in Shanghai, reliving childhood dreams with beloved cartoon characters.

We savored Shanghai’s famous snacks like Xiao Long Bao and Pan-fried Bao, each bite bursting with rich local flavors, complemented by renowned Chinese tea. Our group was delighted by the city’s cuisine and warm atmosphere.

Shanghai’s unique charm and vibrant culture left a lasting impression on all of us, evident in the big smiles in our group photos. This memorable visit has deepened our appreciation for the city’s allure.

Next, we head to Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine to begin a long-term collaboration on education, research, and the advancement of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine.

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Official Visit to Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Following a joyful weekend, the ACATCM delegation made an official visit to Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SHUTCM). We were warmly welcomed by Dr. Han Chouping, the International Cooperation Director, and had the privilege of touring their prestigious campus and affiliated hospital. The highlight of our visit was establishing a long-term strategic partnership with SHUTCM, focusing on education, student and faculty exchange, research, and degree training. This collaboration aims to foster academic excellence and mutual growth in the field of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Our delegation also had the pleasure of experiencing a day in the life of SHUTCM students. Engaging in meaningful exchanges, our students shared insights into their respective fields of study and enjoyed lunch together at the SHUTCM student cafeteria. These interactions provided a welcoming atmosphere and a deeper understanding of campus life at SHUTCM.

In addition to these exchanges, we visited the SHUTCM museum and hospital. The museum offered a fascinating look into the history and evolution of TCM, while the hospital visit provided insights into how acupuncture and TCM are integrated into the Chinese healthcare system. We observed the state-of-the-art TCM pharmacy in operation, learning about the meticulous processes involved in the preparation and dispensation of traditional Chinese medicines. These experiences offered invaluable practical knowledge and reinforced the importance of integrating traditional practices with modern educational frameworks.

This visit to SHUTCM not only strengthened our academic ties but also enriched our students and faculty with experiences that will undoubtedly enhance their educational journey. We are excited about the future collaborations and exchanges that will emerge from this partnership.

Stay tuned for more updates as our delegation continues to explore and engage with the finest institutions of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China.

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May 28-31: Guangzhou, the heart of southern China’s trade and commerce.

Exploring Guangzhou: A Day of History, Medicine, and Nightlife

Our first day in Guangzhou was filled with enriching experiences and promising partnerships. We started our day with a visit to the city museum, where we were graciously hosted by city officials. The museum offered a deep dive into Guangzhou’s rich history, from its ancient roots to its modern development, providing us with a greater appreciation for this vibrant metropolis.

Next, we visited the renowned Guangzhou Acupuncture and TCM Hospital. Here, we engaged in fruitful discussions about a strategic partnership focusing on clinical specialties such as rehabilitation acupuncture and TCM dietary therapy. We also toured the hospital’s impressive herbal garden, learning about the cultivation and use of various medicinal plants integral to TCM practices. The hospital’s innovative approaches and commitment to integrating traditional practices with modern techniques were truly inspiring.

As the sun set, we took a tour of Guangzhou’s bustling nightlife. The city came alive with vibrant lights and lively streets, offering us a taste of its dynamic culture. From the scenic Pearl River night cruise to exploring local markets and enjoying delicious street food, the night in Guangzhou was an unforgettable experience.

Stay tuned for more updates as we continue our journey through China, exploring new partnerships and cultural treasures.

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A Historic Milestone and Deepening Our TCM Collaboration

Our second day in Guangzhou was marked by significant achievements and enlightening experiences.

In the morning, we reached a historic milestone as ACATCM and Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine (GZUCM) signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding. This agreement establishes a full partnership on education collaboration, exchange programs, and research and scholarly activities. The signing ceremony, hosted by GZUCM’s Vice President Dr. Guo Hong and Director of International Partnership Dr. Jia Jianwei, represents a pivotal moment for both institutions. It aligns perfectly with our vision and long-term strategic planning, setting the stage for a future of mutual growth and academic excellence.

After the signing ceremony, we toured the beautiful and innovative GZUCM museum. The museum showcased the rich history and advancements in Traditional Chinese Medicine, offering us a deeper appreciation for the field and the university’s contributions.

In the afternoon, we visited the Guangdong Provincial TCM Hospital, the largest acupuncture and TCM hospital in China. Our students toured the impressive facility and attended a lecture by renowned TCM doctors. We witnessed integrated and modernized TCM practices firsthand, gaining valuable insights into how traditional methods are effectively combined with modern healthcare techniques.

We truly appreciated the warm hospitality of GZUCM and the insightful experiences provided by the Guangdong Provincial TCM Hospital. This day not only strengthened our academic ties but also provided our students and faculty with meaningful experiences in modern TCM.

Stay tuned for more updates as we continue our journey through China, exploring new partnerships and cultural treasures.

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June 1-4: Beijing, a city of majestic palaces and cutting-edge skyscrapers

A Weekend in Beijing: Cultural Riches and Thrilling Adventures

This past weekend, students from the Alberta College of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACATCM) dove deep into the cultural and modern attractions of Beijing, striking a balance between educational enrichment and exhilarating fun.

Our journey began with a visit to the Forbidden City, where the students marveled at the architectural grandeur of the imperial palace. Each hall and garden within this vast complex offered a glimpse into China’s dynastic history, enriching our understanding of the cultural foundations underlying Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The highlight of our cultural exploration was a trip to the Great Wall of China. Students not only climbed this ancient structure but also experienced it in unique ways: a scenic gondola ride offered breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes, then slide down all the way back to the base provided a rush of adrenaline along with a modern twist to the ancient visit.

Besides soaking in historical wonders, our group also embraced modern entertainment at Universal Studios Beijing and also shopping at one of the busiest city. Beyond these structured activities, our students engaged with local life by navigating bustling markets, tasting local delicacies, and conversing with residents. These interactions provided real-world insights into the daily influences on Traditional Chinese Medicine practices.

As our students returned to their accommodations, they brought back not just souvenirs, but enriched understandings and memories of a city that beautifully melds its past with the present. This weekend in Beijing was more than a break from academics; it was a vital part of their education, reminding them of the deep historical and cultural roots of their field.


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