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The Group Flight Has Landed!

Carin, Dragons Admin

Air China Flight 987 arrived 28 minutes early into Terminal B at LAX! By now, many students making their way through customs and are on their way to their home airports. We wish them the safest of travels and a happy reunion with loved ones at home!...Read More

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…and they’re off!

Jody, Dragons Admin

Dear Families & Friends, Students on the group return flight departing from Kunming are on their way home (or towards onward travel)! Thanks so much to instructors Marcus, Maddie, Pei, and Tindy, to our China Program Coordinator, Annie Jiao, all......Read More

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A Pricey Tea

Alex Billingsley, Participant

One sunny afternoon, I was walking down the busy streets when I happened upon a delightful tea house. Being half tea house, half bookstore, the place seemed tailor made for my interests. I spent a few minutes perusing the shelves when I turned to......Read More

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Walking to School

Alex Billingsley, Participant

Yesterday, I woke up to the sunrise. It was strange to be up so early, but in a flurry, I was ready and out of the house in less than twenty minutes. I stepped out of the apartment, walked down 15 flights of stairs, and out onto the streets of my......Read More

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Observations

Miles Bader, Participant

So as I’ve traveled, I’ve kept track of just a few of the more interesting observations and interactions that I’ve experienced, primarily, those that seemed to indicate aspects of culture that stand out. Here are a few favorites: 1 | ENGLISH......Read More

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Return International Group Travel Information!

Sarah O'Brien, Dragons Admin

Dear China Students & Families, China fall program students will soon be boarding their planes to return home and share their tales of adventure with each of you. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival! Below is a reminder of the......Read More

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你要跟我女友见面吗?

Nicholas, Participant

I’ve gotten used to answering a lot of mildly personal questions in China. Sometimes, they’re pretty easy—where am I from? have I ever had this food before? what have I enjoyed about China so far? Sometimes, they’re a little less intuitive......Read More

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Exploring Lhasa

Jody, Dragons Admin

The group is now enjoying their third day in Lhasa and excited as they learn more about the region and Tibetan Buddhism. All students are healthy and doing well! A few photos from the instructor team, below:...Read More

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End of Kunming Homestay

Sophie, Participant

Last night we had a goodbye party, marking the end of our Kunming homestay. Our Chinese language teachers, most of our host families, and some of our ISP teachers came. Crowed into the tiny program house, everyone listened as we introduced ourselves......Read More

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China: South of the Clouds

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Painting ISPs

Team China, Instructor

Students learning traditional Chinese painting as part of their Independent Study Project (ISP)...Read More

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China: South of the Clouds

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Upcoming Itinerary

Team China, Instructor

Hello Families and Friends! Next Thursday morning, Nov 14th our team will head to Lhasa for a one-week stay in the Tibetan Autonomous Region. We will visit Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkor Street to name a few of the destinations on our......Read More

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Homestay Visit

Tindy Chen, Instructor

It’s our last week in Kunming, we are ready to move to the next adventure-Lhasa, I’m surprised how athletic this group is, students all signed up the same gym near the program house, and went to do training at anytime they could find. The......Read More

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Nighttime

Casimir, Participant

Sometimes, well past the hour at which my host-parents retreat upstairs, after the car horns have subsided and the lonely stray dogs have let out their final, somber barks, I lie awake on my ever-absent host-bother’s bed and ponder nothing in......Read More

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The Stone Cutter

Aiden Woodard, Participant

Once there was a stone cutter. He lived a simple life, cutting and carving stone for those who requested it of him. Each and every day he would repeat this simple life. Today was no different from any other day and he woke up as the sun shone......Read More