SIS News Archive
When the location of the 10th grade trip was finally announced, there was no doubt that our trip to Lijiang, Yunnan would be a memorable one. The trip far exceeded our expectations.
For the girls on the trip, our adventures began with a bike ride in the cold, wet rain to see a calligraphy master and embroidery artisans from the Naxi minority group. The girls showed true grit and spirit as few complaints were heard. At the same time, the boys were lamenting the girls' misfortune as they dined on delicious eggplant, gong bao chicken, soup and dumplings they had shaped into interesting creatures in one of old Lijiang's most lavish and pricey guesthouse on the hilltop overlooking the city.
Other days were spent in a small village in the mountains. The altitude made our 3 hour hike stretch into 4 hours and really tested the limits of our 10th graders. Time in the village was also spent riding horses, dancing traditional Naxi dances around the bonfire, teaching at the local school, playing basketball against the men from the village and playing ninja. Though the trip provided with them with new sights (like a shooting star) and experiences, as Abel Van Diepen poignantly said "The most important part was being together and bonding as a class."
by Bonnie Lui, MS/HS Teacher