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Photos from Tiger Leaping Gorge

Instructor Team, Dragons Admin

Picture of the Week

The group is now hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River (this section of the river is called the Jinsha or “Golden Sand” River in Yunnan). Some photos from the Instructor Team: Instructors Greg Pettys, Kristen Gianaris, and Gong Jiaju:  

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On the Tea Horse Road

Kristen, Participant

Greetings from Tiger Leaping Gorge! While we have some interesting Yaks in store for you that will sum up our time in Nanyao village, we wanted to update you on our whereabouts and share some beautiful scenery with you! This afternoon we arrived in......Read More

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Spring Festival

Clara, Participant

Shortly after arriving in Nanyao village, in the hills above Lijiang, our group decided to interview two of the Naxi (the ethnic minority group of people who lives in this village) elders. We asked them questions about the village itself and the......Read More

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A group photo from Lijiang

Jody, Dragons Admin

Today the group is exploring the “Old Town” of Lijiang, about an hour away from Nanyao Village. Lijiang is a center of Naxi culture, a UNESCO World Heritage site full of beautiful old homes and cobblestone lanes, at the foot of the Jade......Read More

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Photos from Nanyao

Jody, Dragons Admin

Wishing Everyone a Happy Year of the Earth Dog! Photos from the group, currently in Nanyao, Lashihai, Yunnan (with a photo or two from the journey from Kunming to Nanyao thrown in)…  ...Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: South of the Clouds

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Orientation

Julia Schwedock, Dragons Admin

Note: The group is currently in the ethnically Naxi village of Nanyao, about an hour from Lijiang Yunnan, near a lake called Lashihai. In Nanyao they are living with homestay families and joining the community in celebrating Spring Festival (Chinese......Read More

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Return to the Dragon

Gregory Pettys, Participant

My first big trip to Asia was over a decade ago. As China was preparing for the 2008 Olympics I was receiving a crash course in the  day-to-day life of so-called “Developing” China. I was inspired then by the rich diversity of culture I......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: South of the Clouds

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All China Students Arrived Safely

Jody, Dragons Admin

Hello Families & Friends, The China semester students have all arrived in Kunming and are now with their instructors, en route to their Orientation site outside of Kunming, Yunnan. More notes and photos of the group will follow later today.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: South of the Clouds

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The China Group is at the Departure Gate!

Carin, Dragons Admin

Here is a photo of our Spring 2018 China group. They have made it through security and are waiting at their gate at LAX to board their flight to Hong Kong, which is currently scheduled to depart on time! Safe travels everyone! Family & friends,......Read More

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Welcome

Gregory Pettys, Participant

Dear friends, Welcome to China.   It takes a lot of courage to travel far from home. In doing so we willingly walk away from our loved ones, our familiarities and comforts, our favorite foods, and ultimately the very way in which we are......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: South of the Clouds

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Introduction

Julien, Participant

Hi guys, my name is Julien, pleasure to meet you all. I’m super excited to go on this journey with you and I know literally know Mandarin so it should be pretty fun. A few things about me: Enjoy bouldering/climbing Enjoy playing musical......Read More

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NI HAO FROM KUNMING

Instructor Team, Participant

Ni Hao from Kunming! After some Where There Be Dragons preparation time in Thailand, we have settled back into the Middle Kingdom! In addition to slurping down delicious noodles and drinking lots of Pu’er tea, we have been anxiously awaiting your......Read More

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INTRODUCTION

Isha, Participant

Hi everyone, my name is Isha and I’m from New Delhi and Kampala. I graduated high school in June 2017, and am on a gap year before starting college this fall, like many of you. I took Mandarin all of high school but suffice to say, I have a long......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: South of the Clouds

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yo yo

Tio, Participant

hey guys, my name is Tio and I am from Dillon Colorado. I have spent the past 3 months traveling in the southwest and California, rock climbing with a buddy from highschool. I’ve also spent a lot of the the past three months working in ski......Read More