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Arrived in Kashgar

Team Silk Road, Instructor

There is a drastic change between Xining and Turpan. As soon as we stepped off the air conditioned train in Turpan we were hit by a wave of 105 degree heat. The taxi drivers were blaring songs in Arabic. The Uyghur people of Turkic descent look,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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Turpan to Kashgar Update

Melanie Leider, Participant

Hello! We are currently in transit, getting hyped for a fun-filled, adventurous fifteen hour train ride to Kashgar. The story of Turpan is still sinking in and will take time to process. We are excited for the next chapter and are eager for......Read More

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Uncontrollable Laughter

Beatrice Hungate, Participant

Annika’s and my homestay brought many laughs and awkward moments, but I definitely have a favorite. One night the whole family sat around the furnace as Annika and I tried to teach them games. I was making paper airplanes and throwing them off......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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Village Homestay Reflection

Melanie Leider, Participant

Yak of the Week

My alarm sounds at 7:30 AM. I turn to Laura and shake her awake in our cozy, pink canopy bed. Together we mosey our way outside to brush our teeth and wash our faces by the tap where we can hear our yak grunting from inside the shed. After chowing......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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Rebgong to Turpan

Team Silk Road, Instructor

We’re on the road again. After saying heartfelt goodbyes to our Tibetan homestay families in Sakor we made our way to the nearby city of Xining. We’ll spend one night here before taking a train to Turfan in Xinjiang Province. Here’s a short......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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Thanks for emails

Karin Balsbaugh, Participant

Certainly hope no one sleep walks in Sakor.  Those luscious green hills look pretty steep....Read More

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Ancient Wisdom

Tindy Chen, Instructor

It’s the third day of our homestay in the Tibetan village of Sakor, the strength of the mountains and endless green fields have brought us instant peace, we have been sleeping like babies. We wake to the melody of the summer rain, the smell of......Read More

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Students settling into their rural homestays

Team Silk Road , Instructor

In our daily check in after our first night in homestays our students were full of stories about working the fields with their families, cooking meals with them, playing with host siblings and excitedly experiencing everyday life in the village.......Read More

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Rebgong Monastery

Team Silk Road, Instructor

The Rebgong Monastery is one of the largest and most impressive Buddhist monasteries in the Amdo Tibetan region. In the past it was home to over 1000 monks, today due to new regulations implemented by the Chinese government it can only host 500......Read More

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Photos

Team Silk Road, Instructor

Here are some photos from our visit to the oldest mosque in Xi’an, our calligraphy class and Tianshui (Buddhist carvings into a cliff face)....Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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Xi’an to Xining

Team Silk Road, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Our journey to the west has begun! Xi’an, the first capital of China and terminus of the Silk Road was a perfect spot to start our adventure but we are excited to get out of the big city and get more off the beaten path. Our next stop is Tianshui,......Read More

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Terracotta Warriors

Team Silk Road, Instructor

A ruthless and ambitious man, Qin Shi Huang united the warring kingdoms to become the first emperor of China in the 200s BCE. In order to ensure his military might would continue with him into the afterlife he “employed” some 700,000 workers to......Read More

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Scavenger Hunt

Silky Nomads, Participant

Team 3 here, the Silky Nomads, posting a Yak on today’s scavenger hunt! First, we talked to a staff member in our hostel to get a map and some directions to some of the things on our list. With her help, we found a pharmacy and we took a......Read More

WTBD Yaks from China

China: The Silk Road

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Scavenger Hunt

Corvus, Laura & Felipe, Participant

Xi’an is HOT. We arrived midmorning today in crowded cars and walked into a cool, dimly lit hostel. Soft music played as we set down our bags in relief. After relaxing for a bit at the tables, our leaders charged us with a task: complete a......Read More

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Xi’ an Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Melanie Leider, Participant

What a day. Never did I expect to spend my 19th birthday in China. We arrived in Xi’ an this morning, and before I knew it, I was off with my scavenger hunt team, Bea and Wade, to explore the city. On my last Dragons course in Nepal, my team......Read More

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Off to Xi’an

Instructor Team, Participant

After 3 days of getting to know one another and our course we’ve left our orientation site for Xi’an. Here are a few photos from the past few days...Read More