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Exploring Kunming

Jessica Parker, Participant

On June 16, everyone split up and went on a scavenger hunt. We split up into 3 groups of 3 and one group of 4, and were given a list of things and places we had to find and go to. My group successfully completed all the mandatory actions, which......Read More

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Scavenger Hunt

Christopher Asuncion, Participant

For the scavenger hunt, Jack, Sidney, and I traveled all around Kunming. First, we wanted to find a map, so we went to the Green Lake Hotel and asked a receptionist, whose name was Vicki, to give us a map and point out some of the locations we......Read More

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Arrival in Nanyaocun

Trey Mills, Participant

June 17 was our arrival into Nanyao. We began our day by escaping the train station. Some host families from the village came and picked us up in vans and took us to breakfast. After our breakfast, we were taken to the village where we met our host......Read More

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The Golden Rule

Harrison Summers, Participant

Today we met our Where There Be Dragons instructors, Mark and Ming. After a fun day of introductions after a plane ride we all had dinner together. Mark and Ming were very kind and showed us how we could be culturally aware and practice the dinner......Read More

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Respect

Alexandra Kerr, Participant

We participated in a lot of activities today, but they primarily centered around the idea of respect; which I think is definitely something that we are very good about in America, but everything is totally different in China. In visiting the......Read More

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Global scholars

Franklin Wetmore, Participant

What a day this was! Our day was full of many activities including playing soccer and eating pizza to name a few. However, what stood out to me was our tour of Tsinghua University’s Schwarzman College. It is an incredibly prestigious college, and......Read More

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Arrived in Kunming!

LizW, Dragons Admin

The group has landed in Kunming and is continuing their journey in the city of eternal spring. We look forward to hearing more from them soon!...Read More

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(Don’t) Spill the Cha

Blake Brown, Participant

After a morning filled with games and Snickers, we settled down for an unforgettable tea experience. Not only were we taught all of the tea jargon, including the names of the instruments, but also the process of how to make the perfect cup. This......Read More

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Homestay weekend

Blake Brown, Participant

Previous to my arrival at Beijing, Rose had informed me of the little English her dad speaks and the absolute zero her mom knows. At the airport, Rose’s mom and I exchanged a simple “ni hao” with each other, after which Rose served as a......Read More

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Homestay weekend

Allie Kapuchuck, Participant

Where There Be Dragons is an experience that forces you to step out of your comfort zone and into the learning zone. Of course when you’re pushed out of your comfort zone, you do things that make you uncomfortable. I’ve been trying to cope with......Read More

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A day in the life of Beijing 101

Christopher Asuncion, Participant

On Tuesday, we got to experience the class dynamic as we shadowed our students as they went through their classes until lunch. I found it very funny to see most of the class not actually participating in class. Some were playing games on their......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

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Homestay weekend

Jack Lynch, Participant

My host-student is named Chauncey and his family lives in the inner city of Beijing. Chauncey’s family is extremely kind and caring toward me. They live in an apartment building on the 12th floor. Each floor is a single apartment room; as soon as......Read More

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Saturday in Beijing

Sidney Jordan, Participant

On Saturday we split into two groups to explore Beijing. One group travelled to the Forbidden City and the Beijing Zoo, while the other went to a Hutong and a lake. In the Forbidden City, it was super crowded! Five of us and our hosts met up inside......Read More