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Yak of the Week

Muskaan, Participant

I’m on a search for China’s Best Yak. There’s still a lot of looking to do, but I think I found the winner on our hike from our nomadic homestay to Rebgong this week. I present: Yak of the Week....Read More

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Herding Yaks

Noah, Participant

I was quietly reading my book overlooking the tiered hills of Sakur when Ama, my host grandmother, opened the creaky door to the family room. She beckoned me to leave the room, slightly bowing with each stroke. Unsure of what she wanted from me, I......Read More

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China: South of the Clouds

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Liqu to Rebgong

Jody, Instructor

“The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too.” -Luther Standing Bear Liqu to Rebgong Video The past few......Read More

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Tibetan Plateau Trek & Nomadic Homestay

Instructors, Participant

Hello from Rebgong! Students are enjoying some well-deserved rest (and showers!) after a busy week of trekking and homestays. From Labrang Monastery in Xiahe, we trekked to a nomadic Tibetan homestay in Liqu, where we spent 4 nights with our......Read More

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Tetherball in Tibet

Peter, Participant

They say that necessity is the mother of invention (shoutout to Schoolhouse Rock, which most scholars agree is the peak of western civilization). While this is certainly true, the progenitor of this saying never considered the importance of boredom......Read More

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China: South of the Clouds

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From Beijing to Liqu

Zack Siddall, Instructor

Picture of the Week

Tibet was once one of the most isolated nations in the world. It’s harsh climate coupled with its impressive natural border of the Himalaya mountain range made traveling here quite difficult. When China staked claim to Tibet their first goal was to bridge this gap and make it easier to access the Tibetan Plateau. Railways were built to Lhasa and other major cities inside and outside the official Tibetan Autonomous Region. Xining, an old trading town on the famous Silk Road, received one of these railways. Nowadays it’s a mere 20 hour train ride from Beijing to the city of… Read More

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Heading to our nomadic homestay

Instructor Team, Participant

Hello family and friends- We just wanted to let you know that we are heading out on our trek to our nomadic homestay on the Tibetan Plateau. So the Yak Board may be a little quiet until we arrive in Rebgong on October 5th. We’ll take a lot of......Read More

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China: South of the Clouds

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The Chinese Agora

Peter, Participant

In Ancient Greece, the wise men of Athens would meet at the assembly square (known as the Agora) to discuss what was on their minds, from the best form of government to whether or not a de-feathered chicken could be considered a man (yeah, the......Read More

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Monaster-ical Puns

Peter, Bennett, Madeleine, Participant

Yak of the Week

What’s a monks favorite drink? Lamanade! What did the instructor say to the student during the homestay briefing? You Buddha Thangka your host! What did the student say when they found out they would be trekking in the mountains for over 9......Read More

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Umbrella Trees

Ellie, Participant

Yak of the Week

The earth becomes pews as carpets are laid out; slowly, deliberately, in rows upon rows. The minutes sing slowly onward as men in white skullcaps cluster tightly together, shoes discarded behind the rugs in neat pairs; there is an air of great......Read More

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China: South of the Clouds

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For the Fams

China Crew, Participant

Howdy family and friends! Yesterday marked the first week of our Dragons journey in China. We had a great time in Xining and will be heading to Labrang Monestary tomorrow morning. We will be starting our rural homestays soon, and we are very......Read More

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Snapshots of China

Ellie, Participant

China is both exactly and nothing like I imagined. I’ve learned more Mandarin than I’ve ever known (ni hao!), have eaten more delicious new food than I ever have (thank you chopsticks), and – perhaps most surprisingly –......Read More

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Journey to Xining

Melissa and Mercedes, Participant

After a few eventful days in Beijing, we packed up our bags and trudged through busy subway stations before arriving at Beijing West Railway Station. It was sad having to leave a city with so much history and culture so soon, but we knew there was......Read More

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Keeping up with the Dragons

Amanda, Participant

It is hard to believe that we started Dragons less than a week ago. It seems like we have been in China together for much longer. We have been so lucky with the weather. For the past few days, there have been sunny blue skies and luckily it’s......Read More