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Tea Experience and View

Joey Rosenblum, Participant

In our second full day in our village stay, we participated in a tea ceremony in the rainy afternoon after an admittedly awkward lunch at our rural home stays. Although our Chinese skills are rapidly improving through being forced to communicate in......Read More

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Zhiyun Temple

Ross Killion, Participant

On Saturday, we walked for about 50 minutes to visit the Zhiyun Temple. Zhiyun is a Tibetan Buddhist Temple that was founded in 1727 in the fifth year of the Yongzheng Emperor during the Qing Dynasty. Zhiyun literally means “point to the......Read More

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First Days in Jixiang Village

Benjy Renton, Participant

Hello Language 6 Friends and Family! I’m Benjy Renton — an alum of the Language 6-Week program with Dragons in 2015 and currently living and studying in Yunnan this summer. I had the opportunity to meet this wonderful group yesterday as......Read More

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Arrival in Lijiang

Benjamin Reitz, Participant

We arrived safely in Lijiang from our overnight train ride. The photo above is our group including our three Chinese teachers at the Lijiang train station. After spending the day in Lijiang doing a scavenger hunt, we met with Lili, a local contact......Read More

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Arrival in Kunming

Benjamin Reitz, Participant

We have landed in Kunming and are getting ready to meet up with instructor Patricia soon for our shuttle to Fuxianhu for Orientation. It has been a long day of travel but everyone is in good spirits!...Read More

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Goodbye LA!

Ben Reitz, Instructor

Dear Friends & Families, The China 6-week group met up in LA, made it safely through security, and is now waiting to board our overnight flight, Cathay Pacific #881 to Hong Kong, and then on to Kunming on Cathay Pacific #5760. We’re......Read More

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Dragons 1-Minute Visual-Story Contest

Christina, Dragons Admin

Hello Summer Students! We've just decided to host our first ever "1-Minute Visual Story" Contest in addition to our regular end-of-program Photo Contest. Here's the details......Read More

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Hey everybody, I’m Arman!

Arman Abrishamchian, Participant

Hi! I’m Arman, and I live in San Francisco. I’m 17 years old, and I just graduated from high school. A little bit about me, I was born in Colorado, grew up in Boston, spent a lot of summers with my extended family in Atlanta, and......Read More

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Hi I’m Emilie !

Emilie Faracci, Participant

Hi everyone ! My name is Emilie and I am 16 years old. I go to the American school in London and just moved this year from New York, where I used to attend the French school. I speak fluently French and English, and have been studying Chinese since......Read More

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Hi, I’m Caleb Gabriel-Deveau

Caleb Gabriel-Deveau, Participant

Hello All, My name is Caleb Gabriel-Deveau, I live in a little town called Warren located in the northwest corner of Connecticut. I will be going into junior year at The Marvelwood School, located in Kent, Connecticut. I have just recently started......Read More

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Hi, I’m Charlotte

Charlotte Feagin, Participant

Hi Everyone, My name is Charlotte although some of my close friends call me Lulu so you can call me either. I’m a rising junior at Nightingale in NYC, but next year I’ll be transferring to a boarding school in Switzerland, Le Rosey. I’ve been......Read More

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Hi, I’m Charlotte

Charlotte Feagin, Participant

Hi Everyone, My name is Charlotte although some of my closer friends call me Lulu so you can call me either. I’m a rising junior at Nightingale in NYC, but next year I’ll be transferring to a boarding school in Switzerland, Le Rosey. I’ve been......Read More

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Hi I’m Joey

Joey Rosenblum, Participant

Hi I’m Joey and I live in Highland Park which is a north suburb of Chicago. Currently, I am 16 but I turn 17 on the 28th which is the day we leave. I am a rising senior at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School, although I am not very observant.......Read More

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Student Intro

Carlos Key, Participant

Hi everyone, I’m Carlos. I live in Seattle, Washington and just finished my Sophomore year of high school. I’m very hyped for the trip and to meet all of you! When I was in first and second grade my family lived in Beijing because of my......Read More