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China language 4A landed safely and soundly in Los Angeles after an epic 30+ hour journey that began in the remote UNESCO-protected Shaxi Village in Yunnan province.  Some of our students are within a couple hours drive of their final destination, but many will continue on eastward tomorrow.
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Home from a Long Journey

I-Team,China Language 4-week A

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China language 4A landed safely and soundly in Los Angeles after an epic 30+ hour journey that began in the remote UNESCO-protected Shaxi Village in Yunnan province.  Some of our students are within a couple hours drive of their final destination, but many will continue on eastward tomorrow. I-team

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07/28/15

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    [post_content] => The group has landed safely in Los Angeles where instructor Eric is helping students make connections onward! Welcome back home to all students! Thanks so much to Course Director Jacky Li, and Instructors Chen Wenfang (Rachel) and Eric Jenkins-Sahlin for all of your hard work! Many thanks as well to Program Coordinator Annie Jiao, who manages Yunnan home-stays, language teachers, an adorable new baby boy, and more. Thanks also to our wonderful Chinese language teachers and our home-stay families in Kunming and Lashihai. Thank you all students and families for a wonderful four weeks in China!
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Group Landed Safely in Los Angeles (LAX)

Jody Segar,China Language 4-week A

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The group has landed safely in Los Angeles where instructor Eric is helping students make connections onward! Welcome back home to all students! Thanks so much to Course Director Jacky Li, and Instructors Chen Wenfang (Rachel) and Eric Jenkins-Sahlin for all of your hard work! Many thanks as well to Program Coordinator Annie Jiao, who manages […]

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07/28/15

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    [post_content] => Dear Family and Friends, The group and their instructor, Eric, are now in the air on their way from Kunming to Guangzhou (where they'll connect for their flight to Los Angeles). Wishing everyone safe travels and happy reunions! Best regards, Dragons Administration
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The Group is in the Air!

Jody Segar,China Language 4-week A

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Dear Family and Friends, The group and their instructor, Eric, are now in the air on their way from Kunming to Guangzhou (where they’ll connect for their flight to Los Angeles). Wishing everyone safe travels and happy reunions! Best regards, Dragons Administration

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07/28/15

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Jody Segar

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Attached are five of the thirteen photos comprising my study into Chinese tea, captions below. Photo 1: This photo depicts loose leaf green tea being sold at a street market in Kunming. Green tea is one of the six types of Chinese tea (green, red, black, yellow, white and oolong) and is the most common household tea. Leaves are removed straight from the plant and dried naturally without fermentation, leading to the light color and taste of the tea. The healing properties and health benefits attributed to green tea make it a part of traditional Chinese medicine, and an increasingly popular drink in the west. Photo 2: I like to call the objects in this photo "Pu'er People" because the statues are constructed from Pu'er tea cakes stacked on top of each other. Pu'er tea falls under the category of Chinese black tea, not to be confused with red tea which is what westerners refer to as black tea (e.g. English Breakfast). It was created by accident during the empire when green tea was transported far distances and so dampened then dried, undergoing a natural fermentation process and turning the color dark brown. The taste is richer than that of green, but it is also considered to have healing properties as mentioned by Tolstoy in his book War and Peace. Photo 3: Taken at a tea ceremony, this picture portrays some common tea drinking practices. Every person has a small glass or ceramic cup from which they drink their tea. The cup should be held in three fingers, two along the top rim and one on the base, to avoid burning oneself. The small cup is drunk in three sips: the first to test the temperature, the second to enjoy the taste and the third to finish the cup. Tea is often consumed with sweet snacks or fruit because many types lower your blood sugar. Photo 4: This tea shop owner told me that his hero is Chairman Mao. He ushered me into his store from the street to drink tea and I learnt about his story. He used to be an artist but opened this tea shop three years ago for his love of tea. His business is not particularly lucrative so the back of the shop serves as his house. He says that he doesn't mind, though, because he loves his job so much. Photo 5: I met this man at a tea shop and discovered his story. He has been coming by this tea shop on his way home from work for 10 years as a way to wind down from the day. Every day, the shop owner drinks a new tea with him and he says that he is always learning new things about tea. He has a great relationship with the owner and the pair invited me back for tea for the rest of my time in Kunming. Overall, this was a very interesting (and tasty) project. I look forward to bringing my knowledge of tea home. [post_title] => ISP: Tea [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => isp-tea [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-07-27 08:50:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-07-27 14:50:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=123405 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 81 [name] => China Language 4-week A [slug] => china-language-4-week-a-summer-2015 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 81 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 255 [count] => 89 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 5.1 [cat_ID] => 81 [category_count] => 89 [category_description] => [cat_name] => China Language 4-week A [category_nicename] => china-language-4-week-a-summer-2015 [category_parent] => 255 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2015/china-language-4-week-a-summer-2015/ ) ) [category_links] => China Language 4-week A )

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ISP: Tea

Sophie Garrett,China Language 4-week A

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Attached are five of the thirteen photos comprising my study into Chinese tea, captions below. Photo 1: This photo depicts loose leaf green tea being sold at a street market in Kunming. Green tea is one of the six types of Chinese tea (green, red, black, yellow, white and oolong) and is the most common […]

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07/27/15

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Sophie Garrett

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    [post_content] => Lashihai has been a great experience so far. The view and fresh air here is amazing. There are mountains surrounding us on basically every side. I really love the family lifestyle here. Many generations of families live together in one living area which creates a strong bond between the family and leads to many great memories. Additionally, there is constant laughter and smiles around when everyone spends time together. My standard of living has changed a lot from just a short amount of time in Lashihai. For example, I used to think using a squatter toilet was an interesting experience, but now I am glad to see any toilet that is able to flush. I am very glad I am able to have this experience.

-Amanda

 
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Change of Perspective

Amanda Lai,China Language 4-week A

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07/25/15

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Amanda Lai

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    [post_content] => Dear China Language Students & Families,

Next week marks the end of our China Language summer program and 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 return group flight information for your reference:

July 28th, 2015
China Southern Airlines #3482
Depart: Kunming (KMG) 2:20pm
Arrive: Guangzhou (CAN) 4:20pm

July 28th, 2015
China Southern Airlines #327
Depart: Guangzhou (CAN) 9:30pm
Arrive: Los Angeles (LAX) 7:40pm

Should you need any assistance during student travel days, please call our Admin cell phone for assistance: 303-921-6078, or email: update@wheretherebedragons.com.

We wish all students a great trip home!

Sincerely,

Boulder Admin
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China Language Return Group Flight Information

Dragons Admin,China Language 4-week A

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Dear China Language Students & Families, Next week marks the end of our China Language summer program and 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 return group […]

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07/24/15

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Dragons Admin

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    [post_content] => Our time in Lashihai has been constantly filled by Chinese class, meals with our host families (especially baba, our new bread substitute) and afternoon activities. We have had two particularly interesting group adventures here so far: a bike ride to a Buddhist temple and an exploration of the Lijiang old town. On Tuesday morning, we braved the hour and a half bike ride (or run or trip in the van) through the mud to a beautiful temple in the hills above the lake. When we arrived, small monk boys were so interested in our bikes and immediately hopped on them to ride around the outside of the temple. After eating our baba and fried egg lunches packed by our host families, we spent two hours of alone time in the temple to consider the meaning of a sacred place. Each individual had their own way of enjoying the temple, from scaling the mountain to a far off shrine to playing badminton with the young monks. Then we all came together to talk with a monk about Buddhism and his personal experience as well as answer his questions about our lives, leading to rousing debates on environmentalism and reincarnation. Armed with a new understanding of spirituality, we had the opportunity to join a chanting meditation with the monks, focusing on our breathing while bracing ourselves for the loud horns accompanying the chanting. We left with a new perspective on Buddhism, with some of us even proclaiming a desire to take a gap year to be a monk.

The following afternoon, we took a student-led expedition to the old town of Lijiang. We were in charge of organizing the whole afternoon, from the transportation to lunch to meeting times and places. After our lunch of rice noodles, we set aside three hours to explore the old town with its traditional Naxi architecture and stunning views. Some of us hiked up the mountain to a temple for great pictures and better memories while others perused the shops, talking to monks, tea shop owners and fellow foreigners. We all enjoyed the relative luxury of flushing indoor toilets and some even drank good old American coffee. We came back together to return to our host families for dinner with plenty of stories to go around.

We are all looking forward to our last days in Lashihai and then onto Shaxi, but we are sad that the trip is coming to a close. Pizza, warm showers and clean tap water are in sight!
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Our Adventures – group entry

Sophie Garrett,China Language 4-week A

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Our time in Lashihai has been constantly filled by Chinese class, meals with our host families (especially baba, our new bread substitute) and afternoon activities. We have had two particularly interesting group adventures here so far: a bike ride to a Buddhist temple and an exploration of the Lijiang old town. On Tuesday morning, we […]

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07/23/15

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Sophie Garrett

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    [post_content] => Our small village of Lashihai outside of Lijiang has become a true home to me even though this is my first real rural experience- I have to fight through chickens to reach the hole in the ground toilet and heat my own water for a bucket shower. Nevertheless the scenery is insanely beautiful with mountains on all sides and one of my favorite experiences has been our journey to the Buddhist temple nestled in the mountains. It was an hour and a half bike ride- I can imagine my parents laughing at this because they know that my biking isn't exactly up to that standard. Instead of biking, I ran alongside the group as my own version of the hero's journey. It was rough at points to keep up with the bikers but Eric was very supportive and stayed back with me, enjoying the views of the mountains and lake. At other times, I had the advantage over the bikers in deep mud and dirty puddles, and I even reached the temple before they did. I felt so free running along the dirt paths and taking in the beauty of our temporary home.
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Lashihai Journeying

Sophie Garrett,China Language 4-week A

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Our small village of Lashihai outside of Lijiang has become a true home to me even though this is my first real rural experience- I have to fight through chickens to reach the hole in the ground toilet and heat my own water for a bucket shower. Nevertheless the scenery is insanely beautiful with mountains […]

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07/23/15

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Sophie Garrett

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    [post_content] => 你们好。

It's only been 5 days and I can say that being in Lashihai has changed my perspectives on China (in a positive way, of course). It all started with the night train. Our instructors advised that we individually approach passengers and ask them questions. At first, I was hesitant because I didn't know what to expect. I was concerned that I'd interrupt people's ride or make them uncomfortable. Little did I know that it would be a fun experience. I went to a lady's seat somewhere near the back and asked her, "您好!我有中文作业。我可以问你问题吗?” (Hello! I have Chinese homework. Can I ask you questions?) She was overjoyed with these questions and we were able to chat a bit. I got to apply my Chinese skills in a setting I was not familiar with. After saying “谢谢”s and “再见”s, I went back to my bed and slept because I knew the next day would be a big and memorable one.

We got off the train and I was amazed by the clean air and rising mountains. We eventually got to the "Program House" and I nervously waited for my new family to pick me up. Of course, I was last, so the anxiety kept building. I got to the house and was mesmerized by the traditional architecture and style of living. Everything about this homestay is very different than Kunming's. To get to the bathroom (hole), I have to walk outside through the field and darkness. There are no stores nearby like in Kunming. I love this rural life because it's unique to this country and I've never experienced something like this. It's so great being able to compare and contrast both styles of living.

During one afternoon, a few friends and I stayed by at the "Program House" and shucked corn. I had no idea all this corn was just for the animals! There were thousands of corn just hanging on the ceiling, ready to be shucked. The next day, we all went on a bike ride to Zhi Yun Temple. It was a crazy adventure. The roads were slippery and muddy. A few people fell off and got covered in mud. Just from biking alone, I got mud all over my legs and pants. We stopped periodically to take pictures and what not. It was definitely a photo-worthy opportunity! Finally at the temple, we all got to walk around and appreciate the beauty. We were able to ponder about the "meaning" of sacred; how did this temple portray it? It was so fascinating and worth the two hour bike ride! The bike ride back was painful but the rain helped a bit (Lashihai is known for its excessive rain). Today we're going to Lijiang so I'm looking forward to seeing an older city. This place is known for its wide tourism and many attractions. Many Lashihai residents commute to Lijiang everyday, including my family. So it should be interesting seeing the difference in cultures (old vs. new/developing).

The family relations are interesting. They all stay in the house during the day, with the exception of the dad who I have yet to see. He owns a fish restaurant in Lijiang. What I find really interesting is that my 姐姐 (older sister) makes all the food for us and won't eat until all of us finish. I find the family dynamics really fascinating and cool - very different from in Kunming!

再见。
Jack
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A Week in Kunming

Jack Kaner,China Language 4-week A

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你们好。 It’s only been 5 days and I can say that being in Lashihai has changed my perspectives on China (in a positive way, of course). It all started with the night train. Our instructors advised that we individually approach passengers and ask them questions. At first, I was hesitant because I didn’t know what […]

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Jack Kaner

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The overnight train journey was a fun but hectic transition from Kunming to Nanyao. Aboard the train, I met three adorable college students, and I enjoyed spending some time with them! They were high school friends all going back home for summer break. I had a semi-comfortable sleep - the man next to me snored like a hog. Thank the universe I have earplugs. When we reached our destination, we were tired and unkept, yet anxious to meet our homestay families. The first thing we saw after hustling off the train was the view. We were all instantly captivated by the hazy, magical mountains and the grey, calm atmosphere. In contrast to skyscrapers, motorbikes and cars screeching, and swarms of people, this place is another world. It has certainly been a culture shock here, which I had expected, in many ways. I have two jie jie's (older sisters), one gege (older brother- husband of one of my jiejie's), one nai nai (mother of father), baba, and mama. After maybe two days of awkwardness, I came to really adore my family. One jiejie is 22 years old and goes to college in Kunming. She came home a day after us. My other jiejie is 25 years old and is expecting a baby in the next 19 days! Another member of my newfound family is actually someone in our group, Cassie! We have an anomaly of 13 people in our group, and it turns out only twelve families in the village can host at this time. They asked both of us if it was okay to share a family, and we agreed! It's been so comforting to have her during this experience! The lifestyle here is overwhelmingly different from any other that we are familiar with, so it's been relieving to have her to relate with. I'm so glad I get this opportunity here. Also, I miss my Kunming family and I will see them again soon! Currently in Lijiang in a cafe! Loving China! [post_title] => Rural Homestay [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => rural-homestay-3 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2016-01-20 15:34:10 [post_modified_gmt] => 2016-01-20 22:34:10 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://wheretherebedragons.com/?p=123012 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw [categories] => Array ( [0] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 30 [name] => Picture of the Week [slug] => picture-of-the-week [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 30 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 0 [count] => 483 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 1 [cat_ID] => 30 [category_count] => 483 [category_description] => [cat_name] => Picture of the Week [category_nicename] => picture-of-the-week [category_parent] => 0 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/picture-of-the-week/ ) [1] => WP_Term Object ( [term_id] => 81 [name] => China Language 4-week A [slug] => china-language-4-week-a-summer-2015 [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 81 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 255 [count] => 89 [filter] => raw [term_order] => 5.1 [cat_ID] => 81 [category_count] => 89 [category_description] => [cat_name] => China Language 4-week A [category_nicename] => china-language-4-week-a-summer-2015 [category_parent] => 255 [link] => https://my.wheretherebedragons.com/category/summer-2015/china-language-4-week-a-summer-2015/ ) ) [category_links] => Picture of the Week, China Language 4-week A )
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Kenai Class,Picture of the Week, China Language 4-week A

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The overnight train journey was a fun but hectic transition from Kunming to Nanyao. Aboard the train, I met three adorable college students, and I enjoyed spending some time with them! They were high school friends all going back home for summer break. I had a semi-comfortable sleep – the man next to me snored […]

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Kenai Class

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