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Thoughts on Heading Home & Wrapping up 6...

Noam, Grace, Gong, and Shuier, Instructor

Hello All! Yesterday morning we piled into cars, and made the trip to Kanasi airport, where we began the first leg of our journey home. We are now in Urumqi, resting, recouperating, and stocking up on snacks for our second leg to Beijing this......Read More

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International Return Group Flight Information

Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Families & Friends, It is hard to believe that almost six weeks have passed since your student embarked on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long until students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are anxiously......Read More

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On Going Home

Cole Peterson, Dragons Admin

Thursday marked seven days until we make the journey back to Los Angeles, and then ultimately home. I think that everyone has different thoughts on this. Some are excited to get home and see their family and friends and are becoming less and less......Read More

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Hiking Barefoot

Orestes Rellos, Participant

It was a cold foggy morning as the group set out on our second day of hiking. As we left the hostel, our instructors informed us that we would be walking in silence to better appreciate the nature all around us. Passing through brooks filled with......Read More

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The Overnight Train

Remy Sorensen, Dragons Admin

Hey friends and family following the dragons via Yak posts, I apologize for the late post. We are currently in Hemu right now, and have had some trouble with wifi, or ways to post. As you all may know, the 15 of us all took an overnight train from......Read More

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Hiking to Hemu

Grace , Instructor

Dearest family and friends, It has been a busy last week traveling from Dunhuang to Kashgar, Kashgar to Turpan, and Turpan to Hemu, a small village on the borders of Russia, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan! We are currently enjoying cool, rainy, mountain......Read More

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Looking Back on Kashgar

Abigail Scharf, Participant

It’s hard to believe that we have been in China for 4 weeks. I am sitting in the courtyard of a hostel in Turpan where Remy and Nina are arguing whether it is truly 109 degrees and drinking iced coffee. Yes, Remy is still fuelling her caffeine......Read More

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Update from Dunhuang, Gansu

Noam Backner, Instructor

Dear Families and Friends, Its a lovely rainy day at the Dunhuang Oasis. We have just returned from the ultimate pearl of the Silk road-the Mogao Buddhist caves complex. An absolute galaxy of cultural blends right on the main branch of the ancient......Read More

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Keep on Eating

Finn Pattenden, Participant

Our four day long homestay absolutely flew by. Between trying to herd yaks, hiking in the surrounding hills, or spending time with our homestay family we were almost always busy. Throughout all of this time, the hospitality of the nomads......Read More

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Silk Road week 2 highlights

Instructors Team, Instructor

Silk Road on the move – Xi’an, Tianshi & Xiahe Silk Road crew had a very active week moving through a few difference places and exploring different cultures, cuisines and languages along the way. Our first stop after orientation was the......Read More

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Xiahe

Tim Koen, Participant

After a 2 hour bullet train with scenic villages, some napping, and lots of snacking, we made our way to a bus station. We put all our bags in a big pile, walked around and explored for a little bit, got some food, and then finally we were off. Much......Read More

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Hui Minority

Nina, Participant

Staying near the Muslim Area in Xi’an I have really gained a new perspective of China. The streets filled with small restaurants selling Chinese cuisine using Middle Eastern ingredients and shops selling Middle Eastern spices, the mosques......Read More

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Team Silk Road. Week 1

Maxwell Workman, Participant

Heyo Yakboard! Let’s just start off with the question all you anxious parents are dying to know! Who is this charming man Max? Ok totally joking, all of your kids are safe and in good hands. Though I will say that I personally have never......Read More

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Orientation is in full swing

Instructors Team, Participant

Dear families and friends, Outside Xi’an, deep in the misty and mysterious Cuihua Mountain, home to Chinese Daoist hermits for thousands of years, the Silk Road group has started their 6 week adventure. In the last few days, orientation has......Read More

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Landed in Xi’an!

Jody, Dragons Admin

All students and instructors have now arrived in Xi’an and the group is complete! Instructors Shuier and Grace will travel with students from the airport to their Orientation site at Cuihua Mountain, where they’ll rendezvous with......Read More