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China: South of the Clouds

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Independent Study Projects

China Crew, Instructor

For the past month here in Kunming 3 afternoons a week our students have met with local artists, musicians, chefs and other experts to learn skills and local knowledge. Independent Study Projects (ISPs) are a way for students to own their own......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: South of the Clouds

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Update & Muskaan’s Birthday

Instructor Team, Instructor

To celebrate Muskaan’s birthday we all went to dinner at a vegan restaurant here in Kunming. We even had a vegan cake! This is our final weekend here in Kunming. On Monday we’ll head north to the village of Nanyao outside of Lijiang (still in......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: South of the Clouds

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Fish

Ellie, Participant

Fish When you walk in Kunming, you walk oceanside. I frantically scrawl this sentence in my notebook from the belly of a whale shark, master of the tributaries. Within, I am jostled, but safe, peering into the water through clear panes. Outside, I......Read More

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Chinese Group Yak

Bennett, Participant

I recently took a poll of everyone’s favorite word or phrase in Chinese. I’ve included the characters and meaning of each person’s selection, our Chinese names, and a photo of the poll itself.   奔腾 Bennett:......Read More

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再见 goodbye (for now)

Madeleine, Participant

I’m Madeleine, one of the China semester instructors, along with Zack and Long Yun. It feels strange to introduce myself again, having done it around three months ago on this same Yak board. Then I was saying hello; this time I have to say......Read More

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One Bite in Bangkok

Noah, Participant

We arrived in Bangkok at dusk. The air was warm, a balmy 31 degrees (c). After reaching the entrance to the airport, we boarded the tram and headed off to our hostel. Upon reaching the last stop, we stopped by a 7-Eleven and picked up some bottled......Read More

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Back from Bangkok

China Crew, Participant

We’re back in Kunming after a fun weekend in Bangkok. We toured some temples, had a Thai cooking class and visited one of Bangkok’s famous night markets....Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: South of the Clouds

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Independent Study Project Updates

Noah, Participant

Having attended our independent study projects for two weeks, here are a few updates on how those are going. Ellie My ISP – in which I play the Yunnan-style Hulusi – is going exceedingly well! It is difficult, fast-paced, and......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: South of the Clouds

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Visa run to Bangkok

China Crew, Participant

For 9 of our students and Madeleine and Zack our Chinese visas need to be renewed every 60 days. We can do this by simply leaving the country and then coming back. We’ll spend this weekend in Bangkok and be back in Kunming on Sunday afternoon,......Read More

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Happy Halloween from Kunming!!

China Crew, Participant

Halloween is not really a thing here in China but that didn’t stop us from throwing a small Halloween party after our daily language classes. Our Mandarin teachers joined us in dancing to Halloween music, eating candy and carving pumpkins! Happy......Read More

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Photos from Kunming

China Crew, Participant

Hello friends and families! Here are a few photos from our first week in Kunming. Students are settling into a rhythm here in the city, becoming more comfortable with homestay families, Mandarin language, and using public transportation to get......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: South of the Clouds

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Videos of our time in Tibet

Zack, Participant

China (~3,705,000 square miles) is about the same size as the US (~3,797,000 square miles). Imagine trying to get a full picture of the US in just 3 months, impossible right? How do you capture the essence of NYC, rural Appalachia, and Silicon......Read More

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Arrived in Kunming

Madeleine, Participant

The group arrived in Kunming this morning, where we met language teachers and homestay families. Students just went home with their homestay families for the first night of our month-long urban homestay in Kunming! We will see them tomorrow morning......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: South of the Clouds

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The Ugly Dumpling

Ellie, Participant

Yak of the Week

I laughed, near-hysterical, as Melissa frantically rolled the dough with the wooden pin. I cradled my stomach to hold in my chuckles, cheeks aching. Ama simply smiled, eyes crinkling and expression merry, wrists resting on her knees as she crouched.......Read More

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Chengdu Pundas

China Crew, Participant

What do you do when it gets dark in Chengdu? You Sichuan the lights! What happened when Bennett fell into the bear exhibit at the zoo? It was PANDAmonium! These puns may be horrible but what CHENGyaDU. What do you use to keep your hair back in......Read More

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Group Update – Chengdu and Tibet

Ellie, Participant

Hello everyone! This is Ellie, checking in from the Tibetan Plateau! Yesterday, the group experienced a rest day in the small town of Lang Mu Si. We had a chance to shower, relax, and recharge for a day; amidst small bouts of hail and bitter cold,......Read More