Asia Immersion:

The Beauty of Buddhist Art in Silk Road

Programme Code: AISR2020

Faculty of:

Managed by HKU Summer Institute

Target Students: HKU Undergraduates, Non HKU Local Undergraduates, Non HKU Postgraduate Students, Non HKU Undergraduates, Postgraduate Students

Area of Interest: Asia Cities: Business, Culture and Society, Multi-location

Credits: —

Programme Period: June 22, 2020 to July 11, 2020

Programme Fee: HKD19,800

Accommodation: Optional and available to enrolled students

Discount: – 1) Postgraduate students who successfully apply for the HKUCBS scheme can enjoy a discounted rate of the programme fee – HK$14,800. For details, please refer to the document below / 2) 10% off for students from HKU exchange partners

Early Bird Deadline: March 1, 2020
– 12% discount on programme fee (HKU partners’ students)
– 5% discount on programme fee (non HKU partners’ students)
– Priority in accommodation reservation
– Priority in social & cultural activities registration

Deadline for Application: March 31, 2020

Online Application: apply now

Course Description

Co-organized with the Centre of Buddhist Studies and Tsz Shan Monastery Buddhist Art Museum, HKU Summer Institute is proud to launch this signature programme 2020 which introduces students to the beautiful world of Chinese Buddhist Art in Silk Road from historical and thematic perspectives.

The Silk Road is not only an ancient hub of globalization connecting the East and the West, but has long been dynamic places for the creation and transmission of diverse cultural content that can be studied from the perspectives of travellers, art and architecture, languages, and many different religious traditions. What is more fascinating than spending your summer along the Silk Road, experiencing the path of Xuanzang who was one of the most famous exchange scholars in the history of the Silk Road!

This programme will adopt interactive teaching approaches to stimulate students’ knowledge of this rich heritage and will also enable students to gain a broader view of Chinese Buddhist Art, culture and civilization across the commercial and cultural exchanges passing along the Silk Road.

The Tsz Shan Monastery Buddhist Art Museum is also the first and only museum in Hong Kong dedicated to Buddhist art and relics which houses precious Buddhist artefacts and objects from across the globe. Through unique lectures and activities, students will step into their journeys of appreciation of Buddhist art and spiritual nourishment before their experiential trip along the Silk Road.

From the ancient capital of Xi’an, passing through the Jade Gate, to the Crescent Lake into the Caves of Dunhuang, you will explore the many cultures from a new perspective and understand the value of cultural heritage and memory as we move into the future.

 Programme features:

  • Seminar series in HKU campus and Tsz Shan Monastery Buddhist Art Museum
  • 14 days of cross-province cultural heritage exploration trip from Hong Kong to Xi’an and many cities along the Silk Road
  • Seminars offered by Dunhuang Academy (敦煌研究院) and Shanxi Normal University (陝西師范大學)
  • Exclusive visit to special caves (特窟) in Dunhuang
  • Don’t miss out the opportunity if you are looking for an inspiring adventure or would be interested to explore more about Chinese Buddhist Art

Course Structure (tentative)

Date Detail Location
June 21, 2020 (Sun) Check-in and Registration (For non-local students) HKU, Hong Kong
June 22 – 27, 2020 (Mon -Sat)


Seminars, workshops and visits

HKU, Hong Kong

Tsz Shan Monastery Buddhist Art Museum

Creative Media Centre: City U

June 28, 2020 (Sun)

Check-out at HKU

Flight from Hong Kong to Xi’an

Check-in at Xi’an

Hong Kong to Xi’an
June 29 – July 10, 2020

Depart from Xi’an to multiple cities on the Silk Road*

(Duration: 12 days)

*Tentative schedule only and subject to change.

Cities including:






•Dunhuang – exclusive caves included

July 11, 2020 (Sat)

Flight from Dunhuang to Hong Kong

End of programme

Hong Kong International Airport

Course fee includes:

  • Tuition fee
  • Round trip flight from Hong Kong to Xi’an / Dunhuang
  • Accommodation in mainland China
  • Transportation and meals in mainland China session (Xi’an and Silk Road)

*Course fee does not include cost on Visa, personal travel insurance, daily expenses in Hong Kong and China, flight arrangement to Hong Kong, accommodation in Hong Kong

*All non-local students have to obtain a student visa/entry permit to Hong Kong and China if applicable

*All classes and workshops will be conducted in English or Chinese, fluent in English and Putonghua is necessary.


  • Please submit a personal statement of 500 words as an attachment in the online application system (Download Link)
  • Proficient in English and Putonghua
  • Previously taken courses related to Buddhist Art or related subjects would be an advantage

Accommodation arrangement for non-local students only (Hong Kong Session):

Optional and available to enrolled non-local students (Click here for more details)

HKUCBS Scheme Details: 

(Download Link)

Co-Organised By:

Sponsored By:

• Students of non-credit bearing programmes will receive a certificate upon programme completion. Students of credit-bearing programmes can apply a transcript stated with HKU credits, please contact your home institution about the issue related to HKU credits recognition.

• In any case, students are strongly recommended to make their own insurance arrangements throughout the entire period of your programme. Students will be responsible for their own medical and dental costs during the period of the programme. Please refer to here (Point 5) for more information.