Study Trip: Venturing Outside Lijiang, Dali, Kunming, and Back Home

In Lijiang we stayed for five whole days and went on a number of excursions including to the nearby Dark Dragon Park, the Yulong Mountain where I rode a Yak, a rural Chinese village near Shigu (along the Yangtze River), and the world’s deepest river canyon—Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Dark Dragon Park

Overlooking an adjacent City

Walking on Yulong Mountain

Riding a Yak

Rural Village near Shigu

Local Band

Street Performers

The Yangtze River

Tiger Leaping Gorge, the largest in the world

Walking through Tiger Leaping Gorge

Emma and Me at Tiger Leaping Gorge

Lijiang Square

Exotic Antique Shop in Lijiang


After an amazing time in Lijiang we took a bus to Dali where we went on a cruise on Erhai Lake.  We stopped at a few islands in the lake, one of which was packed full of vendors who were frying fish and shrimp and all shorts of sea creatures alive—right in front of us.

Erhai Lake, Dali

From Dali we drove to Kunming by bus where we would leave the next day back for Beijing.  On the way, we stopped at a rest stop for some food and a bathroom break.  I, like everyone else, was exhausted but I managed to shop around the make-shift food market to buy one of my favorite Chinese foods—包子—dumplings.

Shortly after eating them, I didn’t feel that great but assumed it was because I was tired.  I soon realized, that was not the case.  Luckily we arrived in Kunming before I, along with 8 other kids on the bus, started getting really sick.

I had always been told that everyone gets sick while traveling in China but I was one of the lucky few who had avoided the inevitable for over three months.  Of course, on the very last day of the entire program…I got sick.  There is not much to say other than getting food poisoning in China—assuming that is what it was—was one of the worst experiences in my recent memory.  Needless to say, I was in bed for the remaining day in Kunming and therefore didn’t get to see much of that city before we left the next day on a flight back to Beijing.

Back in Beijing we had a final banquet with the entire program reunited from the three disparate trips.  The mood was bitter sweet as everyone was sad that the program had ended and new friends had to part ways but simultaneously excited to go home.  That night we all went out to celebrate, one last time in Beijing.  In the morning after many hugs, contact information, and last goodbye’s were exchanged, we all went to the airport and parted ways.

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