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China: The Silk Road

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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

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All Students Have Arrived in Xi’an!

Jody, Instructor

All students and instructors have arrived safely in Xi’an and ready to begin their journey in China and Kyrgyzstan! The group will travel to Cuihua Mountain, just outside the city today (6/30 China time) to begin their Orientation....Read More

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Group together at LAX

Jody, Instructor

Hi Families & Friends, All students on the group flight as well as their instructor, Zack are now together at LAX and awaiting boarding time. They’ll meet independent travelers and instructors Noam and Tindy in Xi’an. We’ll update again......Read More

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Introduction – Corvus McConchie

Corvus McConchie, Participant

Hi everyone! My name is Corvus, and I’m from a town right outside of Boston, Massachusetts. A little bit about myself: I’m seventeen, I love literature and art, and I like to bake. I just made a carrot cake earlier today. I’ve been......Read More

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Silk Road Technology Policy

Instructor Team, Instructor

Greetings Students, Technology can be amazing. It has the ability to connect people in the most remote parts of the world, to spread ideas and to inspire us. However, we’re sure you’ve seen the ugly side of technology as well. Tools like......Read More

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Water Purification

Instructor Team, Instructor

We could run an entire course around the theme of water in China. From studying the mighty Yangtze (长江) and Yellow (黄河) rivers and their role in hydroelectric power/crop irrigation. To the history of tea culture by following the Tea Horse......Read More

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Introducing Myself

Makayla Romanus, Participant

Hi everyone! My name is Makayla Romanus. I live in Doylestown, PA which is about an hour north of Philadelphia. I am really excited to meet you all next week! I also run Cross Country and Track.  A little about me: my favorite bands right now are......Read More

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New Instructor

Zack Siddall, Instructor

你好 Dragoncitos! As Jody mentioned our dear friend Luke will unfortunately not be able to join you all this summer and therefore Dragons asked if I could step in. I am beyond excited to return to one of the most beautiful and fascinating parts of......Read More

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Hello! – Introduction

Annika Hansen, Participant

Hello everyone, my name is Annika Hansen. I’m really excited to spend this trip with you guys! I live in Oakland, which is very close to San Francisco, California. I usually read and cook in my free time. I’m not a huge fan of taking pictures,......Read More

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Introduction-Felipe Carvalho Dias

Felipe Carvalho Dias, Participant

Hi Everyone! My name is Felipe Carvalho Dias and I’m from São Paulo, Brazil. I’ve lived in Brazil my entire life, and have never been to China. Although I have gone to the US various times, I’ve never been to any part of Asia.......Read More

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Home-stay gifts

Tindy Chen, Instructor

Hi all! Can you believe it’s less than three weeks before our departure date for the Silk Road? Thanks Uttam, Madeleine, Wade, and Beatrice for posting introductions. For those of you who haven’t, please post soon. We are excited to know you......Read More

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Introducing Myself: Beatrice Hungate

Beatrice Hungate, Participant

Hi Everyone! My name is Beatrice Hungate.  I live in Singapore, which is in Southeast Asia.  I’ve never really been on a trip like this before, so I am a bit nervous but excited to meet you all and have an interesting adventure together.......Read More