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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons' China: South of the CloudsSemester Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course's Yak board for additional itinerary-related postings and updates.

Weeks One - Four:
Direct flight into Kunming, Yunnan Province: orientation and settle into the city; explore the lively Emerald Lake at dawn, take a taste-tour of ethnic noodle dishes; prepare for immediate departure into China’s hinterlands.

Initial program travel will depend on weather, student interest and goals, and the experience of the program staff. Options include, but are not limited to a) exploration of China’s north-western Xinjiang Province with look at Islam and cultural issues of China’s ethnic minorities, and a trek through the Pamir Plateau; b) service project while living with families in rural communities representing Tibeto-Burman/Sino-Tibetan and animist cultures in rural Yunnan; c) explore China’s Guizhou and Guangxi Provinces: hiking and biking through terraced rice fields, exploring open-air markets; and discovering the hidden gems of rarely-touristed and recently ‘opened’ ethnic regions

Weeks Five - Ten:
In Kunming: students begin urban home-stay with families; group gathers at the Program House on a daily basis for classes in Mandarin Chinese and an inter-disciplinary course on Modern China, covering topics in political history, art, literature, religious and cultural traditions, and economic development; students accelerate work on their Independent Study Projects (ISPs), which may include apprenticeships with local artists, photo-essay projects, ethnographies formed by a compilation of interviews, or mentored research that contributes to any topic of the student's choosing. Weekend trip options encourage students to further explore their rich surroundings: the group may choose to hike or mountain bike into the Western Hills surrounding the city; they may travel into Tibetan communities and visit Buddhist monasteries in the foothills of the Tibetan Plateau; or they may participate in a service project aimed at supplying clean water to a remote village, or educating youth about HIV / AIDS along the Yunnan-Burmese border. We conclude our city experience with a large feast and banquet for all host-families, before heading off on a final travel adventure.

Week Ten - Thirteen:
Remote travel experience that draws upon the various instructor specializations as well as the interests, goals, and visions within the group. Options may include any of those mentioned under Weeks One through Four.

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China Semester: Sample Itinerary 2007-2008

Dragons Administration,China Semester, Spring 2007

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Following is a sample itinerary for Dragons’ China: South of the CloudsSemester Program 2007-2008. Our sample itineraries are based on past courses; in order to meet instructor team goals, as well as the goals and interests of particular student groups, future itineraries are subject to change. Please keep an eye on the course’s Yak board […]

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01/1/07

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Dragons Administration