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China: The Yangtze River

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Children I met at Langmusi

Tingting, Participant

By chance I found a picture book in guest house we stayed in. I took photo of each page and sought an opportunity to read it to kids I met. Interacting with kids has always been a way for me to connect with the people and places I visit. In the......Read More

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Hike in Langmusi

Sarah Lotvin, Participant

For a majority of this course we have been in cities all around the Yangtze river, today we were able to get a refreshing break from the concrete streets and crowded buildings in the small town Langmusi. Located on the southern part of the Tibetan......Read More

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Langmusi monastery visit

Instructor team, Instructor

The small town Langmusi is located across the borders of three provinces: Gansu, Sichuan and Qinghai and is a majority Tibetan area. Today we visited monasteries, some of them over 800 years old, some new and under construction. We were lucky enough......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Yangtze River

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Halfway Point Reflection

Rishi Bagaria, Participant

As I sit down to write this reflection, its hard to accept that we have only spent two weeks exploring China given that we have experienced such a wide range of places. I want to start my reflection with my perception of the overall......Read More

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Chongqing Hotpot

Jose Pablo Torres Haces, Participant

Chongqing is famous worldwide for many things, such as its history and its unique location among mountains, but it is most known for its numbingly spicy cuisine. The most famous dish is Hot Pot. It consists of dipping several different raw meats and......Read More

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A poem on the way to Hongyuan

Tingting, Instructor

刚进入红原县 Upon entering Hongyuan County 就被堵在了这个县最南端的 At its southernmost border, we were blocked 刷经寺镇外 Outside of the Temple for Printing Scriptures.   车队盘绕在山间水边的二级公路上 The......Read More

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China: The Yangtze River

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Leaving the Cities

Gabby Rachman, Participant

The past two weeks have an amazing experience for me. I got to know three cities; each was special in its own way. Shanghai, the first city we went to, reminded me most of my home in New York City; there were lots of buildings, hustle and bustle,......Read More

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Greetings from Hongyuan

Instructor Team, Participant

We’ve begun our adventure up onto the Tibetan Plateau rising some 3000 meters to the small town of Hongyuan. Tomorrow we’ll continue on to Langmusi....Read More

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China: The Yangtze River

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“Sculpting” videos at Er Fo Temple

Tingting, Instructor

Er Fo Temple is famous for it’s Chan Buddhist sculptures. Before leaving the temple, Zack organized a game with the intention of guiding students towards more awareness of their thinking and decision making processes – an important step......Read More

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Er Fo Temple Video

Instructor Team, Instructor

Here’s a short video that tries to capture the intense beauty of Er Fo Temple. Hope you enjoy it. – Tingting, Jonas and Zack  ...Read More

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China: The Yangtze River

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Update from the Instructor Team

Instructor Team, Instructor

After a rewarding, tranquil couple of days at Er Fo Si Monastery we have returned to the hustle and bustle of city life, this time in the sweaty WWII capital city of Chongqing. We’ll spend 3 nights here, 1 night in Chengdu and then make our way to......Read More

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Er Fo Temple

Jose Pablo, Dragons Admin

Making a drastic change from the general fashion of our trip so far, which has been visiting fast-paced urban areas such as Shanghai and Yichang, for the last few days of our trip we stayed at Er Fo temple in the ancient town of Laitan. During our......Read More

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Yichang + 3 Gorges Reflections

Jonas Crimm, Participant

Hello all! We are currently in a monastery in a rural area outside of Chongqing. We’ll post about this experience soon. For now, check out students’ reflections on their experiences in Yichang and visiting the Three Gorges Dam. Candela:......Read More