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Princeton Bridge Year China 2017-18

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Lao Jun Shan National Park

Jesse Millett, Instructor

Dear Friends and Family, Please enjoy some photos of the BYChina group’s trek through the mountains of Lao Jun Shan National Park. The group is currently in Bangdong Village in Lincang and everyone is happily involved in their rural homestays......Read More

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The Conqueror of Mountains

Ryan Sung, Participant

After picking a purple weed I would have never given a second look at, he said “long dan tsao, Dragon’s Bladder Grass – its for inflammatory relief.” Abuoge, or “Big Brother Abuo,” was the spirited, adventurous......Read More

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Trekking

Francesca Block, Participant

The last couple of days of travel were truly an adventure. With our hiking boots on our feet and all of our belongings for the next couple of days strapped onto our backs, we walked out of our comfortable hostel in the small town of Liming and began......Read More

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New Relatives

Owen Matthews, Participant

Yak of the Week

In America, I have one younger brother, two aunts, two uncles, two grandparents, and no sisters. In China, I have infinite of each. From “Ying Jie” (Sister Ying), my warm-hearted, chestnut loving older sister who manages a cultural center in Sha......Read More

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How Old Is Your Backpack?

Francesca Block, Participant

Ni de bei bao ji sui? I asked a random lady on the main street of the Shaxi Old Town in my slow, yet carefully thought out Mandarin. She had her young baby strapped to her back, and was carrying a bright, red umbrella to shade him from the sun. Let......Read More

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Apples

Ryan Sung, Participant

On the outskirts of Kunming stands Xuning Temple, a Buddhist place of worship splashed with tangerine gold, navy blue, and a strong, bold red. Adorning the temple stands a massive golden Buddha, whose four faces watch in every direction the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

Princeton Bridge Year China 2017-18

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Five Days in Shaxi

Group Sage, Participant

After spending a serene 36 hours in the Shibaoshan temple our group headed out for the historic village of Shaxi. Along the way we trekked over breathtaking and lush mountains, saw thousand year old grottos, took a nap break, and were able to strike......Read More

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Squatty Potties

Kisara Moore, Participant

After spending eight days in the Middle Kingdom, what feels most foreign about this place isn’t the Mandarin, or the pigs’ feet served for dinner, or even the moral guidance signage lining the streets. Little did I expect that a task as......Read More

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Spirited Away

Ben Dodge, Participant

I woke up early this morning in the Baoxiang Temple, before the sun rose, before the fog cleared, and before the fearless monkeys went out on the prowl. This particular temple hugs the foot of a large cliff, a reddish tan pile of pancakes with dark......Read More

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Safe Arrival for BYChina Group

Elizabeth Johnson, Participant

Dear Bridge Year China friends and family, Just a quick note to say that the Bridge Year China group arrived safely in Kunming. The students and the Onsite Director  landed safely with all bags and were greeted by Annie (Local Director) and Ming......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

Princeton Bridge Year China 2017-18

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First Six Week Itinerary!

Jesse Millett, Participant

“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate.” – Pico Iyer, Why We Travel Without further ado......Read More

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Welcome to your Bridge Year Yak Board

Elizabeth Johnson, Participant

Welcome to your Bridge Year Yak Board! As you’ll soon discover, this board is a valuable forum for: introductions by staff and participants addressing all questions regarding packing and trip preparation posting live updates on the country’s......Read More