The Tibetan Plateau region of China is known for pristine nature and ancient cultures. Yes, pristine and wild nature in southern China! Child/parent teams will experience modern and ancient Chinese culture, and experience a Tribal Wisdom Academy experiential education standard that will raise the bar...for life. And this includes staying at a waterfront boutique hotel. 

During our last Tibetan/Na-shee Tribe field trip we were in the ancient mountain town of Lijiang on the Chinese side of the Tibetan Plateau. It was an epic school field trip! Our group of 8 stayed at boutique hotel that is part of a historic Na-Shee Tribal Village. 

Interesting Facts about the Na-Shee Tribe:

  • This is only tribe on earth that still uses pictographic writing.

  • The core of Na-shee worldview emphasizes the sisterhood of humans and nature, and the divine origin of human beings.

  • This tribe has a fascinating matriarchal social order. Mom is the boss!

Jade Dragon Mountain  is a tribal holy place. It consists of 18 main peaks, which are surrounded by a heavy forest of fir and pine. This wilderness also provides various herbs and fungi that are used to make tribal medicine. Our students experienced pristine forests and alpine meadows. These wild forests also contain bears, mountain goats, wild boar, deer and the mystical snow leopard. Our entire group "climbed" to over 15,000 feet (near the actual summit of Jade Dragon Mountain) via a very long aerial gondola cable system and wooden pathways across the snow. Yes, we all used oxygen tanks!

Jade Dragon Mountain is a tribal holy place. It consists of 18 main peaks, which are surrounded by a heavy forest of fir and pine. This wilderness also provides various herbs and fungi that are used to make tribal medicine. Our students experienced pristine forests and alpine meadows. These wild forests also contain bears, mountain goats, wild boar, deer and the mystical snow leopard. Our entire group "climbed" to over 15,000 feet (near the actual summit of Jade Dragon Mountain) via a very long aerial gondola cable system and wooden pathways across the snow. Yes, we all used oxygen tanks!

Lijiang City  rests under the foot of  Jade Dragon Mountain , which serves as a natural borderland between mainland China and Tibet. Since before the time of the Yuan Dynasty in the late 13th century, Lijiang has been inhabited by a nation of ancient people called  Na-shee (locally spelled "Naxi") . The Na-shee are famous for being the most vibrant ethnic group of China. They have preserved a rich and ancient heritage that incorporates prehistoric Tibetan and Mongolian culture.

Lijiang City rests under the foot of Jade Dragon Mountain, which serves as a natural borderland between mainland China and Tibet. Since before the time of the Yuan Dynasty in the late 13th century, Lijiang has been inhabited by a nation of ancient people called Na-shee (locally spelled "Naxi"). The Na-shee are famous for being the most vibrant ethnic group of China. They have preserved a rich and ancient heritage that incorporates prehistoric Tibetan and Mongolian culture.

PROGRAM DETAILS:

Dates: Spring Break and Summer 2019
Ages: Mostly ages 9+, and a parent must attend.
Duration: Custom group trips are 10 nights!
Tuition: $2,450 per person. TWA provides everything else, including great meals, lodging, and our expert program.
*Airfares, passport and visa fees are addition from the tuition.

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The below list of field trip activities (from our past trip) are tentatively scheduled for families who will join us on our next trip.

  • Riding Tibetan horses to experience the ancient Lasha Tea Trail

  • Near summit hike on Jade Dragon Mountain

  • Na-shee cloth dye-crafting class

  • Baisha old town culture tour

  • Lijiang Dayan old town walking tour, with hundreds of craft shops

  • Rare and migratory lakeside bird watching expedition

  • Fishing by boat with our local staff

  • Na-shee traditional bread and tea making

  • Experience of tribal agriculture and farm-to-table daily dining

  • Matriarchal Na-shee women's group campfire dance night

  • Service Projects at the village Chinese School

  • Service Projects at a Tibetan Monastery

  • Service Project at an orphanage

  • Mandarin lessons

  • TWA mentoring of students

  • Parent social time together