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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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Classical Learning Academies

Learning academy is an independent educational institution appears from Tang and Song to the Qing. It is a research scholarship place set by private or official believers gather to teach. It originated from the Tang, flourished in Song and declined in the late Qing Dynasty. It lasted through thousands years as China's feudal society a unique educational organization. Learning academy sets personnel training, academic innovation, cultural transmission and other functions. The private school-based teaching activities and academic research is the combination of the late Chinese culture. It is the education and academic center of the feudal society. Its history is not only a simple history of the system, it is a cultural history, social history of the academy.

Learning academy as the coordinates of an era, in thousands of years ago, it was a symbol of higher learning and libraries. It is a cultural and academic mark. It became a yearning for the land of the celebrities and scholars on the road of preaching. Today, Chinese Academy of silence began quietly renaissance after nearly a century. Learning academy has become the carrier and place for spreading Chinese civilization heritage sites.

Four Famous Leaning Academies
Accounting for all Chinese learning academies, Songyang Academy, Yuelu Academy, Shigu Academy, Bailudong Academy collectively known as the "four ancient Chinese Academy".

Yuelu Academy
Yuelu Academy is located at the foot of Yuelu Mountain. It is now one of the best preserved ancient college in China. And it is one of the main attractions in Changsha as well. Yuelu Academy was first built in the early of Song Dynasty. In 973, in case of beautiful scenery and quiet environment of Yuelu Mountain, the official named Zhu Dong accepted the advice put forwarded by Liu Ao to build an academy on the basis of the original school. The early built academy has five classrooms and twenty-two dormitories. The classroom was used for teachers to have lessons and give lectures. The dormitory was used for the students to live and study. The sequence pattern of Yuelu Academy has spread so far. In 999, Li Yunze became the principal official of Tanzhou. On one hand, he set up the library and Confucius Hall. On the other hand, he gained more support from the royal court thus making the academy developed better. In 1001, the royal court granted the Yuelu Academy some books for the first time. At that time, the academy has more than sixty students. And the students scale was kept since then. In 1012, when Zhou Shi hold the post of the headmaster of the academy, Yuelu Academy was rapidly developed. And the students scale developed to more than one hundred. Up till to Southern Song Dynasty, Yuelu Academy reached its peak.

Songyang Academy
Songyang Academy was located in the south of Song Mountain in Henan Province. In ancient China, the south of a mountain and the north of a river means Yang. As the academy faces the Shuangxi River and back against Song Mountain, it is called Songyang Academy. Songyang Academy was first built in 484 and it was called Songyang Temple then. In Tang Dynasty, it was renamed Songyang Abbey. And in the Five Dynasties, it was renamed Songyang Academy. The founder of Neo-Confucianism Cheng Hao and Cheng Yi both once gave lectures inn Songyang Academy. From then on, Songyang Academy became the headstream of Neo-Confucianism in Song Dynasty. By the end of Ming Dynasty, Songyang Academy was destroyed in the war and it was rebuilt in Qing Dynasty. Because of repair through the ages, Songyang Academy gradually developed into today’s shape. The organizational system of Songyang Academy is of primitive simplicity and refined, generous and not common.

Shigu Academy
Shigu Academy was located in Hengyang City Shigu District. Hengyang is a national historical and cultural city and the second largest city in Hunan Province. It covers an area of 4000 square kilometers. Shugu Academy was built in 810 and it has a history of more than 1200 years. The main building of Shigu Academy are Temple of Marquis, Temple of Li Gongjie, Grand View Pavilion, Temple of Seven Worthy People, Hejiang Pavilion, Lingxing Gate and so on. There is a two meter high drum-shaped stone blocks inside the academy. As the mainstream of HuXiang culture, Shugu Academy has been prosperous for years. It enjoys a relatively high position in the Chinese Academy history, history of education and culture and history. However, it was destroyed in 1944 in the war. In June 2006, the Hengyang government rebuilt Shigu Academy.

Bailudong Academy
Bailudong Academy ranks first in the four Song Dynasty academies and there is saying of "the first known domestic academy." The founder of Bailudong Academy ca be traced backe to Li Bo in Tang Dynasty. And it was confirmed by Zhu Xi in Song Dynasty. Bailudong Academy is located in Lushan City, Jiangxi Province. Bailudong Academy began in tang Dynasty, flourished in Song Dynasty and developed in Qing Dynasty. It has a history of more than 1000 years. 

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