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China: The Yangtze River

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Yichang to Er Fo Si

Instructor Team, Instructor

We’re on our way from the friendly river town of Yichang to the sacred 二佛寺 (Er Fo, or “Second Buddha”, Temple), in the historic town of Laitan, north of the city of Chongqing. We’ll stay at the temple from July 8th until the......Read More

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Adventures in Yichang

Page, Sarah, Paco, Participant

For our first full day in Yichang, we set out in groups for a scavenger hunt around the city. Our group, nicknamed the Dream Team, talked to many of the locals and experienced their lifestyle. We rode around the park on the banks of the river in a......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Yangtze River

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Day in Yichang

Rishi, Jose Miguel, Candela, Vincent, Participant

Today, we were given the opportunity to explore and see the beautiful city of Yichang. Rather than a simple scavenger hunt, we were asked to do a series of tasks that involved interacting with the locals. Our day started in a local park which was......Read More

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It’s Shanghai noon

Tech Team, Participant

Hello Families back home. We have been in Shanghai for a week now and had some very memorable experiences. In the photos shown in the Yak, you can see Shanghai from the Bund at night (arguably one of the most impressive views we have ever seen) and......Read More

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On our way to Yichang

Instructor Team, Participant

We’re on a 7.5 hour train to the next stop on our adventure, Yichang. We’ll spend 2 days in Yichang focusing on the gigantic 3 Gorges Dam and its impact on the people of the area. From there we’ll head to the Erfosi monastery outside of......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Yangtze River

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Sharing Stories in Shanghai

Tingting, Instructor

I was first attracted by Shanghai-based artist Ting Yu’s work as an illustrator and was curious about how she integrates her artistic talent with the social work she’s passionate about. Today, we were invited to her apartment. By meeting......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Yangtze River

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Over Shanghai

Instructor Team, Instructor

Yak of the Week

The first in a series (we hope!) of drone videos from Yangtze River Course Director, Zack. The group is now in Shanghai where Zack got some nice shots of the outskirts of the city by night. Enjoy!...Read More

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Day in Shanghai

Rishi, Paco, Page, Candela, Participant

Today, we spent the first day in the heart of Shanghai. As a group, we were given the opportunity to explore the metropolitan area through a scavenger hunt. In this scavenger hunt, we had to work as a group and navigate through Shanghai in order to......Read More

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China: The Yangtze River

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Scavenger hunt in Shanghai.

Sarah Lotvin, Participant

  Today our group got a taste of Shanghai through a scavenger hunt leading our 4 groups throughout the city. On receiving this assignment, I became excited to win the elusive prize that was promised to the group who completed the most tasks.......Read More

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Day 2 of Orientation!

Instructor Team, Participant

Our second and final day of orientation was all about communication. How do we communicate with locals? i.e language lessons given by Tingting and Jonas. And how do we communicate with each other. i.e games and workshops that focused on group......Read More

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Orientation Day 1!

Jonas Crimm, Instructor

After a long trip to Shanghai, we made it to our small hostel in Tangzhen, a suburb in the Pudong New Area. The hostel is quiet and beautiful; the surrounding area is not exactly sure what it wants to be! Tall towers and modern malls rise above......Read More

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China: The Yangtze River

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Thank you for keeping the parents informed

Sunil Bagaria, Participant

Thank you to the entire team for keeping the parents informed. Since this is the only source of information for us parents, kindly keep the messages coming, no matter how insignificant it may sound.  ...Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Yangtze River

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Group Together in Shanghai!

Jody, Dragons Admin

All students and instructors have now arrived in Shanghai and are heading together from the airport to their Orientation site in a quiet part of town. They’ll spend a few days in the Shanghai area before beginning their journey west.......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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Participant Introduction

Rishi Bagaria, Participant

Hey guys, My name is Rishi Bagaria and I’m very excited to be a part of this summers Yangtze River Program. I am 17 years old and I a rising senior. I live in New Jersey and I attend The Lawrenceville School. In terms of sports, I run cross......Read More