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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

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Dancing Through Shi Bao Shan

Mandy Qua, Participant

“Yi, er, san, si, wu, liu, qi, ba!” The counts ran through my mind repeatedly as I recalled the basic moves Yuan lao shi had taught us earlier that evening. My hands were clutching strangers’ hands as we danced together to Bai folk......Read More

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Man Man Xue Xi

Elizabeth Tong, Participant

Before I open my mouth, I am expected to be able to speak Mandarin. My face assures me of this. And yet, knowing how most others will perceive me has not lessened the burden of expectation weighing on my mind. After all, while my peers receive......Read More

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Little Moments

Kate Gross-Whitaker, Participant

Sometimes it’s the little moments which make all the difference.   During the afternoon of the Bai Song Festival, Harry and I sat down, chatting, on a hard stone bench in the shade of a young green tree, watching a plethora of people racing......Read More

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Photos of First Week

Mark Lumley, Instructor

Hi Everyone! We are camped down here in Shaxi, Yunnan, a small town on the old Tea Horse road. Today the student will embark on a Scavenger hunt across Shaxi to discover more about the history, continue team building and have fun interacting with......Read More

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Photos from Baizu Song Festival

Mark Lumley, Instructor

Hi everyone, We recently spent two days at ShiBaoshan attending the Bai Ethnic minority’s annual song festival. We stayed in Baoxiang Temple- a Buddhist Temple build into a cliff face. The students took part in the festival, observing this......Read More

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Fitness in China

Michal (明浩姐杰), Participant

Fitness in China! Bridge Year China’s passion for fitness started on Day 1 of orientation at Princeton University!  When Scott presented all the Bridge Year participants with a challenge to hash out some goals for our nine month adventure,......Read More

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Climbing Shibao Mountain

Harry Saunders, Participant

On old-town Dali’s main drag, the shops repeat every few hundred meters. Knock off New Balances cover the shelves of one, light up fidget spinners the next. At a fruit bar, the woman behind the counter chopped my pile of lychees, starfruit,......Read More

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Settling In

Michael Garcia, Participant

Yak of the Week

Hello everyone! My name is Michael Garcia. I am from Cochranton, Pennsylvania, but, as I write this, I am sitting in the Lost Garden Hotel in Kunming where we have settled in nicely! The past few days have been filled with excitement, exhaustion,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

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Participant

Luke Bunday, Participant

The Bridge Year China cohort hasn’t been together for very long yet, but we’ve already experienced a lot together (see Michael’s yak!) — and our identity as a group is starting to take form in interesting ways. Maybe the most......Read More

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Follow Us On The Yak Board! (A Note on...

Dragons Admin, Instructor

Dear Friends and Family of Bridge Year Participants, As this year’s Bridge Year Cohort sets foot in foreign lands and begins their journey for the next nine months, we wanted to update all the parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles,......Read More