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Building a family

Mandy Qua, Participant

Shushu and I headed towards my home for the next 12 days in silence. After what seemed like a never ending stretch of walking uphill, we finally arrived. He led me upstairs to my room to unpack and abruptly left the house to complete an errand......Read More

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Developing GuanXi

Harry Saunders, Participant

For the last month, we traveled around Yunnan from place to place, rarely stopping for more four days at a time. Even in Hongpo village, where we spent twelve days in a rural homestay, we didn’t have our phones. Without the powers of wechat,......Read More

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The Four-Year-Old Bridge: Hongpo Homestay

Kate Gross-Whitaker, Participant

Wurong raced through the front yard, wielding his glimmering silver pot lid shield ahead of him. Giggling and climbing into his grandfather’s lap, he peeked out from around the edge of the shield at the brown haired girl in front of him, who’d......Read More

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Because I’m Happy

Michael Garcia, Participant

When I entered the chaos of a new environment, I was shocked by how calm this new normal was. On my first day in our homestay in Hóngpó (红破), my most substantial contribution to my host family was the four bowls and pairs of chopsticks I set......Read More

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First Impressions: An Ox’s Reflections

Michal Kozlowski (明浩杰), Participant

Alu (my host dad): Abu really wanted this guy! I was expecting more of an ox, if you know what I mean, but I guess he will do. I can’t wait to put this 外国人 (foreigner) to good use. We’re opening up our house but in return we expect some......Read More

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The Stupa

Elizabeth Tong, Participant

September 24, 2018 Cool streams of water run over my hands and drop to my feet as I gently shake the strainer my Ajia handed to me. Slowly, I shift my weight from side to side and wonder where she has gone after motioning with her palm for me to......Read More

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Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

Michael Garcia, Participant

中秋快乐! On September 24, Bridge Year China celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival, known in Chinese as Zhōngqiūjié (中秋节). The Festival is celebrated in China and Vietnam on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, which......Read More

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The Walnut Tree

Harril Saunders, Participant

Yak of the Week

At the foot of the walnut tree my ShuShu hugged the trunk, his chest glued to the familiar bark, with each limb wrapped around, like a cub clinging to his mother’s back while she wards off predators. In this position he shimmied slowly upward.......Read More

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Michal’s Birthday!

Mark Lumley, Instructor

Hi Everyone! Yesterday was Michal’s birthday, which led to us playing a little trick on him by pretending we hadn’t remembered. In the morning Luke did an amazing job of hanging out with Michal and pretending to be oblivious to his special day.......Read More

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The Wine Dying On the Vine

Mark Lumley, Instructor

Hi everyone, The students are enjoying life with their Tibetan families here in northern Yunnan. We’re right on the border with Tibet and fully embracing Tibetan culture, as well as rural life. Many of the students have been helping out in the......Read More

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Into The River’s Abyss

Elizabeth Tong, Participant

Yak of the Week

When hiking through the town of Yubeng, one cannot help but marvel at the vast and powerful nature of the world. The sun peeks out each morning from behind snow-capped peaks and tree-covered mountains encircled by puffy white clouds which have never......Read More

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All Safe in Yunnan

Instructor Team, Instructor

Our hearts go out to the families affected by Typhoon Mangkhut in southeast China and the Philippines. The storm is expected to trickle into Yunnan in the coming days but we won’t expect the showers to change change any of our programming. We have......Read More

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Trekking around Meili Xueshan

Kate Gross-Whitaker, Participant

After two days in Shangri-La, we took a bus to Deqin and then on to Feilaisi to begin a four-day series of treks around Meili Xueshan (also known as Kawa Karpo), Yunnan’s highest peak. The mountain sits on the Yunnan-Tibet border at 6740m......Read More

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Exercising Patience

Reina Coulibaly, Participant

Living in China requires a certain amount of patience. One must have the patience to boil any and all water they ingest; to serve all of one’s elders at mealtimes; to remove ones shoes before entering any living space; to let one’s......Read More