I studied abroad at The Beijing Center (TBC) in the spring and fall of 2009. One of the unique and awesome things about TBC is the academic excursions. I love to travel and these are still some of the coolest, most intense trips I have ever taken.
About two weeks after first arriving in China, I found myself in the mountains of Shangri La in southern China's Yunnan Province. I remember sitting in the home of a local Tibetan family, drinking Yak butter tea and eating yak cheese, watching a traditional Tibetan dance, and then walking back to our buses under a perfectly clear night sky with thousands of stars shining down on us.
It was surreal and beautiful. And that was just the start of the trip. I knew then that China was something special and I've been studying and exploring China ever since.