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Katherine Hagel,China Haverford

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These photos are of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Zhi Yun Si, a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. Both were taken by the Haverford students in the Lashihai Basin.    

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06/23/15

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Katherine Hagel

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China Haverford

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    [post_content] => Dear Haverford Students, Parents and Friends,

After an epic three-day hike in Tiger Leaping Gorge, our group has arrived in Beijing! Landing at Beijing's massive, glittering modern airport after many days of trekking and village home-stays was really quite a shock. It provided us with an opportunity to compare and contrast different faces of China and reflect upon the diversity and complexity that characterizes life in Middle Kingdom in the 21st century.  With Gary and Gong, our Beijing experts, leading the charge the group has been cruising across Beijing on the subway, exploring the best that the city has to offer. Yesterday, the group enjoyed a visit to the vast and impressive Forbidden City, which was home to the Ming and Qing Dynasty emperors and off-limits to all but the emperor's inner circle for hundreds of years. The sight of modern skyscrapers rising about the ramparts of this ancient palace was really quite stirring. In the afternoon, the group traveled to 798, an old factory complex that had been transformed into Beijing's premier modern art district. The people-watching at 798 is fantastic, and so is the art--some of which is surprisingly political. Students enjoyed exploring the galleries, shopping for unique gifts and chatting with interesting locals and tourists. Some students returned covered in paint after engaging in an experiential contemporary art exhibit that included a spirited paint fight. Boys will be boys! After working up our appetites exploring 798 (and fighting with paint), our group returned to the city center for a delicious meal of Peking duck, a signature Beijing dining experience. We then explored the hutongs, Beijing's iconic traditional alleyway neighborhoods, and enjoyed some more shopping at night markets before returning to our hotel and collapsing in to bed. Today, we'll continue our exploration of Beijing before taking a bus out to Xiangshuihu Village near the Great Wall, where we will enjoy two nights in a picturesque village guesthouse at the base of the Great Wall. Additional student Yaks and photos about Tiger Leaping Gorge and Beijing to follow!
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Beijing!

Katie Hagel,China Haverford

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Dear Haverford Students, Parents and Friends, After an epic three-day hike in Tiger Leaping Gorge, our group has arrived in Beijing! Landing at Beijing’s massive, glittering modern airport after many days of trekking and village home-stays was really quite a shock. It provided us with an opportunity to compare and contrast different faces of China and […]

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06/23/15

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Katie Hagel

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China Haverford

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Over the past three days, all of us were able to fully understand what rural life in China encompasses. From playing soccer with locals on an open field surrounded by picturesque mountains and a large blue lake to visiting the local monastery and meeting the monks (and playing soccer with them too), we all got a deeper insight into the lifestyle of the local people in this rural Naxi village. But arguably the most defining moments out of all of our adventures here in the Naxi village probably came from the homestays, themselves. Students were paired up in groups of two and got the opportunity to live with local people around the village. From the different clothing to the new foods (which were honestly not at all like the Chinese food we get in America) to experiences with the flies, dogs, cows, and geese, we have all learned to appreciate a different aspect of China that many of us never even knew existed before.
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Final Day at the Naxi Homestays

Grant Sterman and Arnav Jagasia,China Haverford

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Today, as we are about to head out to see Old Town Lijiang and start our two-day hike at Tiger Leaping George, is a good time to reflect upon the three impacting days we have spent here in this wonderful Naxi village. Our first impression of this place was a little skewed as we had […]

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06/19/15

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Grant Sterman and Arnav Jagasia

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China Haverford

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    [post_content] => We received communication from the group today that after three beautiful days in the sleepy, Naxi minority community Ji Xiang in Lashihai Basin one half hour from UNESCO World Heritage site Lashihai they are now off to one of the most dramatically beautiful wilderness areas in China, Tiger Leaping Gorge. One of the highlights of village time was a friendly soccer match with the monks at a Buddhist Temple, Zhi Yun, where Haverford boys' skills were put to the test. Many stories to tell, and further yaks to come. Stay tuned!

 

 
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Off to Tiger Leaping Gorge

Simon Hart,China Haverford

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06/18/15

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Simon Hart

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China Haverford

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Trip to Yuantong Buddhist Temple

Amav Jagasia,China Haverford

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06/17/15

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Amav Jagasia

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China Haverford

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    [post_content] => This morning we said our last goodbyes to our homestay families. Regardless of what happened at home, these home-stays really proved to be a valuable experience for all of us. I (and a few other unlucky individuals) spent the past 4 days with families that did not speak a single word of English, a challenging task but certainly a necessary one. The language barrier obviously proved to be very great but we all found our ways around it and everybody came out of them alive. I found that my Chinese abilities dramatically increased, from a relatively nervous first day to communicating in full-on dialogue. It was also very interesting to spend time with a Chinese-family. I spent the last 4 days with a family of 3, including an 11-yr old boy. I had a lot of fun spending time with him and began to understand that he really does live a very similar life to the typical young American boy. He loves to read, play, and hang out with friends. Although I did not get to spend as much time with him that I may have liked (because he received 3 hours of homework a night) I enjoyed every minute (except for when I was offered chicken feet). All the boys and I agree that all of these families were very courteous and overall super hospitable, and hopefully we all came out of them feeling as well about their Chinese abilities as myself.
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Final Day at Homestays

Cameron Miller,China Haverford

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06/16/15

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Cameron Miller

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China Haverford

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"康明 (kang ming), what music do you like?"
"Linkin Park, Foo Fighter, Coldplay and the Rolling Stones." I say in Chinese, noticing his face light up as he hears familiar names.
My home stay was like that. The family would practice their English and I would practice my Chinese as we both say my stay as an opportunity to improve both. We stumbled to find our words while helping each other. From watching a tea ceremony to eating a from the local hot pot, I took advantage of the opportunity to explore such a unique culture. Although I felt I would be alone, and I sometimes miss home, my family helped me to feel comfortable and welcomed.
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Final Night in Kunming

Cameron Cummins,China Haverford

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Imagine yourself in a strange city, surrounded by people that you can barely understand. You are in a car with your new family, who is just as nervous as you are. You were told that you would be by yourself, but you have never really been alone. The culture is foreign and you are not […]

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06/15/15

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Cameron Cummins

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China Haverford

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    [post_content] => Hello (again) from Kunming! Today we had the day off from all Where There Be Dragons activities so we could spend Sunday with our homestay families. Each family did something different for the day- my family visited Yunnan Nationalities Village. I ended up getting far more out of the experience than I had expected... As it turns out, there are 22 minority groups in Yunnan province, and each one was given a part of the land in the government run "village" to build a sample home and temple, for example. Many of the minority groups we had never heard of, however, we were able to visit others such as the Tibetan, Mongolian, and Naxi village. Within these model towns, actual people from the minority groups would be touring others around or performing their normal duties to show guests (like us) a small part of their usual lives. This was expecially interesting for us because we visited the Naxi people- we will be staying with them next in Lijiang after we leave Kunming on the 16th. After visiting the "village" (almost verging upon being a park, that's how big it was) for a few hours, we returned home to have dinner together and relax before turning in early as we prepare to resume our usual Dragons schedule. Tomorrow we will have language class in the morning and some sort of activity in the afternoon. We shall soon find out.

Until next time!

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Homestay Sunday

Peter Merhige,China Haverford

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Hello (again) from Kunming! Today we had the day off from all Where There Be Dragons activities so we could spend Sunday with our homestay families. Each family did something different for the day- my family visited Yunnan Nationalities Village. I ended up getting far more out of the experience than I had expected… As […]

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06/14/15

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Peter Merhige

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China Haverford

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    [post_content] => Prior to coming on this trip, my knowledge of China was based on the books I had read or from the conversations I had had with those who had visited in the past. Engaging in the culture here in China has transformed my mindset about this amazing country. Each day as I have walked the streets of Fuxian and Kunming I feel my misconceptions peeling away. The protective clothing I packed sits in my bag. Though still taking precautions with what I eat, I find myself being adventurous with the variety of foods I am willing to try. Each day while we have been in Kunming, we walk the same streets to the program house. On every walk I learn a little bit more about the people who live here. Their faces are so welcoming and cheerful as we nod to say hello. The family respect is so evident as generations gather in the parks on the sidewalks and small businesses. As I continue on this journey I look forward to learning as much as possible to bring back to my students, family and friends.
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From Books to Reality

Kate Thorbun,China Haverford

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06/14/15

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Kate Thorbun

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China Haverford

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I have found China to be a fascinating place. As I watch and listen to people interact, while frustrated that I can’t understand what they are actually saying, I have been impressed by the sense of community that folks in both locations have exhibited.  I now realize how mistaken I was with my preconceived notions of China.  Kunming is a wonderful city, full of vibrant neighborhoods and friendly people willing to listen to a perfect stranger struggle to ask a simple question taken from a Mandarin phrase book. I had no idea of the variety of cultures that are present in China. Spending time between the Bird and Flower Market and Green Lake Park has opened my eyes to the variety of cultures this city and region has to offer.  Family is a very important part of this culture here as it is evident each day in the park as grandparents, parents and children all spend the day together exploring all that the park has to offer. Kunming feels very safe and appears to be a very healthy city with much more prosperity than I anticipated.

 

I am looking forward to returning to the countryside next week. Having grown up in Maine in a farming community I can’t wait to compare my childhood with what we experience in Li Jiang.
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Reflections on the Journey

Mark Thorburg,China Haverford

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It is hard to believe that a week ago we were back at Haverford anxiously awaiting our trip to China.  As with any trip that requires a group to travel this distance, I was a bit nervous about the logistics coming together. I am happy to report that all has gone as planned. The boys […]

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