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Princeton Bridge Year China 2018-19

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The Walnut Tree

Harril Saunders, Participant

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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

WTBD Yaks from China

Princeton Bridge Year China 2018-19

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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

WTBD Yaks from China

Princeton Bridge Year China 2018-19

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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