Planning for China's Urban Billion

Planning for China's Urban Billion — About

About Planning for China's Urban Billion

Program Dates

May 19–June 2, 2018

Application Deadline: February 15, 2018

Course Description

PA 5880: This course will cover a wide range of urban planning and international development topics, ranging from affordable housing provision to historic preservation to rural development to transportation demand management.

If current urbanization trends continue, China will have one billion urban population by 2030. How Chinese cities can minimize pressures and maximize opportunities of urban expansion is a critical question that affects every aspect of urban planning. 

This intensive 2-week study abroad course will familiarize students with urban planning practices and emerging development issues in four unique Chinese cities: Beijing, Xi’an, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. By integrating guest lectures, site visits, and cross-cultural classroom activities, the course will create immersive learning experiences that directly connect students to foreign cultures, alternative ways of life, and exciting urban landscapes.

Detailed information on lectures, site visits, and other course activities can be found in the Syllabus

Program Leaders 

Yingling Fan is Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and the Director of the Global Transit Innovations program at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on developing novel land use and transportation solutions to improve human health and social equity. 

Zhengyang Gao is Training Program Manager at the China Center at the University of Minnesota. He received a Leadership in Student Affairs master's degree from the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota. Prior to that, he studied for his bachelor's degree in Korean Literature in South Korea.


Beijing: Planning Exhibition Hall, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Great Wall, 798 Art Zone

Xi'an: City Wall, Bell Tower, Drum Tower, Muslim Quarter, Terracotta Army

Guangzhou: Planning Museum, Zhujiang New Town, Shangxiajiu Street, urban villages

Hong Kong: Avenue of Stars, Star Ferry, City Gallery & Victoria Harbour, Tram Tour, Central Mid-Levels Escalator

Program Fee

The program fee is $2595

Program fee includes:

Program fee does not include:

Cost of Participation

More Information

For more information, contact Professor Yingling Fan at