The iEARN-China Center was one of the founding members of iEARN, starting in 1991. Schools are located in Beijing, Shanghai, Hohhot, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Xian, Shenzhen and other cities. iEARN-China and iEARN-USA created the first high school exchange program in 2000, linking schools in the two countries for both physical and online exchanges. In 1996 iEARN and the Discovery Channel co-sponsored a China: Bridging the Culture Project. iEARN has worked with MIT in Cambridge, Mass. to expand educational networking to schools in Xian and Shanghai. The 7th Annual iEARN International Conference was held in Beijing in July, 2000.