Hello Off the Silk Road readers!
It has been just over a week since I have returned from an amazing six-week journey in China, and now it’s time to bring the journey to you via the blog. But first, a brief introduction, in Off the Maine Road/Off the Silk Road list form (in no particular order).
- If you saw the reference “we” in the trip update posts, here’s why. I traveled to China as part of a program with Where There Be Dragons. Check them out—the organization is fantastic and I highly recommend them. Our group included 12 students from around the country (including Singapore) and three instructors.
- The “itinerary” was as follows:
- June 28 – July 2 — Orientation in Xiangshuihu (响水湖) — a small village next to the Great Wall
- July 3 — Sightseeing in Beijing (北京)
- July 4 — Transfer to Kunming (昆明), the capital of Yunnan province and take an overnight train to Lijiang (丽江)
- July 5 – July 17 — Village homestay in Nan Yao Cun (南尧村), a small village outside of Lashihai (拉市海)
- July 18 – July 24 — Student-planned expedition phase to the following locations:
- July 18 – 20 — Shangri-La (香格里拉)
- July 20 – 22 — A small Tibetan ethnic village called Niru (泥汝)
- July 23 – 24 — Trekking Tiger Leaping Gorge (虎跳峡)
- July 25 – August 4 — Urban homestay in the capital of Yunnan province, Kunming (昆明)
- August 5 – 8 — Final days at Shibaoshan (石宝山) and the old town of Shaxi (沙溪)
- August 8 – 9 — Travel back to the U.S.
- Throughout the trip, I took notes in my journal of anything we saw, did, or experiences I had. The following posts will be my words directly from the field, supplemented by pictures from each destination.
- Our group wrote periodic reflections during the trip, and you can check them out here.
- “The journey is the destination” was one of our “mottos” during the trip, and is a huge part of this blog. So now, sit back, relax and enjoy the tales from my trip to China — where the journey is the destination.
—Benjy R. (or as some Chinese people call me, 唐杰明), Editor in Chief, Off the Silk Road