Photos by Charis Wang (Rice University), Student Correspondent CET Kunming, Summer 2016
At the end of their bike journey, students learned how to make a local bread called “baba” (粑粑) filled with either sweet red bean or savory meats and spices.
While studying in Kunming, students can choose one of three extracurricular activities: calligraphy, tai chi, or Jeet Kun Do martial arts. Here, a student winds down in her calligraphy class, learning how to paint a panda eating bamboo.
CET Students took a trip to Shilin (石林) Stone Forest, a huge park full of unusual karst rock formations. A student took the opportunity to integrate herself with the local culture by dressing in traditional clothes of the area’s minority group. Looks like she fits right in!
In Shilin, students could crawl around in the crooks and crannies of the stone forest. Students and roommates pose together in one of the deepest parts of the forest, enjoying the tranquility and isolation from the outside world.
CET Kunming’s last weekend outing was to Fuxian Lake (抚仙湖) where students swam, played Frisbee, and rode in paddle boats. With crystal clear waters and strong sunshine, this final trip was the perfect end to a wonderful semester in Kunming.
A CET student waits in the hallway for her one-on-one class with a small class teacher (小班老师). Every day, every student has a 30-minute one-on-one class in which they simply converse in Chinese about the day’s lesson, reflecting on their own opinions of the topic while utilizing new vocabulary and grammar.
While on their long weekend trip to Dali, some CET students chose to learn how to make traditional tie-dye (扎染.) While the students’ tie-dye cloths were relatively simple, some of the patterns the local people produced, like this one, can take weeks to finish.
Dali’s signature snack is a type of fried cheese (奶酪) that can be eaten alone or cut up and put into a kind of sweet tea, as seen here. Definitely a new taste for all the students!
On their last day in Dali, CET students rode bikes 13 kilometers through farmland and along Er Hai(洱海) lake shore, ending the journey at Xizhou’s Lindon Center. While the ride was a tiring one, the surrounding landscapes and good times with friends and roommates made it worth it.