Pursued and blocked by enemy forces, the Chinese Red army escaped and marched over 6,000 miles from the south to the northwestern part of China in 1934-35. They endured the unendurable, crossing rivers, snow mountains, marshlands, amidst enemy fire and all elements. Most died but the survivors went on to create the new China. The Long March came to symbolize idealism, courage, endurance, and camaraderie. To build up character for lifelong benefit, students will march at least 15 miles per day, with backpacks, sleeping bags and tents. This study trip will be available only in the spring semester.
Places to Visit

Ruijin, Jiangxi Province

One of the earliest centers of Chinese communist activity, Ruijin was the capital of the Chinese Soviet Republic.

Xing'an, Guangxi Province

Located in Guangxi Province, it is where the "Battle of the Xiang River" was fought out, the fiercest battle on the Long March. More than two-thirds of the Red Army were killed along the Xiang River.


Various mountainous villages along the march in Jiangxi and Hunan provinces. Students will also stay overnight in a family hotel by the Li River amidst the picturesque mountains of Yangshuo area.


Jiangxi Environmental Engineering College that has hosted us for two years.

  1. Lectures on the Long March and talks on rural life

Suggested Readings
  1. Edgar Snow. Red Star over China.

  2. Harrison Evans Salisbury. The Long March

Individual research projects on the Long March