Asia Society Texas Center

Travel Asia: Celebrating China’s Cultures

Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 – Friday, Sep. 8, 2017

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Rice Traveling Owls

In Collaboration with the Rice Alumni Traveling Owls

This custom designed journey for the Rice Alumni Traveling Owls and Asia Society Texas Center will start in Hong Kong, a modern, dynamic, and cosmopolitan city blessed with culture, history, and spectacular scenery. Next, you will travel to Chengdu, a city well-known for the Panda Base, as well as the birth place for Chinese Daoism, teahouses, brocade and “face-changing” performers. From there, you will visit Xi'an to discover the Terra Cotta Warriors and other historical sites. The last stop on your journey will be Hohhot, the center and capital of Inner Mongolia. This city boasts historical sites, temples and museums rich with ethnic minority treasures.

From pulsating modern cities thirsting for global prestige to remote rural areas where time slips by gently, you will experience how China is a beguiling and diverse land, while exploring a variety of Chinese cuisines, religions including Taoism, Islam and Buddhism, and Chinese minority cultures.

This unique 12-Day China trip will be led by Y. Ping Sun, Rice University Representative and Asia Society Texas Center Vice Chair, Board of Directors, and David W. Leebron, Rice University President. There is an optional pre-trip in Shanghai and post-trip in Beijing for those wishing to extend their exploration of China.

Limited spots available. Reservations will be accepted until all spots are filled.

To Register

Please click below to download the brochure, fill out the reservation form, and follow the payment instructions. For more information, please contact Saleena Jafry at SJafry@AsiaSociety.org or call 713-496-9939.


About the Programs & Activities

Y. Ping Sun is the First Lady of Rice University and Asia Society Texas Center Vice Chair, Board of Directors. She came to Houston from New York City in 2004, when her husband David W. Leebron became Rice University's seventh president. A native of Shanghai, China, Ping attended Tianjin Foreign Languages School and Beijing Languages and Culture University. She received a full scholarship to Princeton University, where she graduated cum laude with an AB degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She received a law degree from Columbia University School of Law, where she served as an editor of the Journal of Transnational Law.

Sun is a trustee of Texas Children’s Hospital, and a board member for Asia Society Texas Center, Teach For America, Hermann Park Conservancy, and the BARC Foundation. She also serves on the advisory boards of Asian Chamber of Commerce, Chinese Community Center, Houston Arts Alliance, and is a member of the Mayor’s International Trade and Development Council for Asia/Australia. Ping is also the chair of the Association of American Universities Partners’ Group which features 62 top American universities (including two from Canada). Ping is also an advisor of EastWest Bank and a director of Era Group Inc.

David W. Leebron has served as Rice University’s seventh president since 2004. Prior to taking the helm at Rice, Leebron was dean of Columbia Law School. A native of Philadelphia, he is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was elected president of the Law Review in his second year. After graduating in 1979, he served as a law clerk for Judge Shirley Hufstedler on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Los Angeles. He began teaching at the UCLA School of Law in 1980 and at the NYU School of Law in 1983. In 1989, Leebron joined the faculty of Columbia Law School, and in 1996 he was appointed dean and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law. Leebron also served as a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany, and as the Jean Monnet Visiting Professor of Law at Bielefeld University. He is currently part of the political science faculty at Rice and has authored a textbook on international human rights. In 2006, Leebron was presented with France’s Commandeur de l’Ordre national du Mérite, and in 2008, he received an honorary doctorate from Nankai University. In 2010, Leebron and his wife, University Representative Y. Ping Sun, were selected by the Greater Houston Partnership as the city’s International Executives of the Year for helping make Houston a center of international business. Leebron and Sun have two children, Daniel and Merissa. He was also selected as Asia Society Texas Center’s Huffington Award Honoree in 2015.


  • Tuesday - Friday, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Closed Mondays and major holidays
  • Free Hours: Admission to the building and Grand Hall exhibition is free. Admission to the Sarofim Gallery is free for Asia Society members; $5 for nonmembers.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Parking in Asia Society Texas Center's lot is $5 for 1-24 hours. Entrances on Caroline and Austin. Limited free and paid street parking also available.

Special Offers / Dining

An India-Inspired Café
Enjoy breakfast and lunch at Pondi! Pondicheri’s little sister is open for extended lunch hours Tuesday through Sunday with a vibrant and innovative menu featuring everything from butter chicken to saffron shrimp salad and roti wraps.
Tuesday – Friday, 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm


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