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"Chinese Bridge" Summer Camp for High School Students - Summer 2010

Summer bridge 2010In July 2010, 21 students and 3 teachers from 5 Minnesota high schools arrived in China as the Minnesota delegation to the Hanban’s Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for High School students. The Minnesota group joined 48 other United States high school students and chaperones in Beijing for a two-week educational tour of China’s capital city and Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi Province, a sister province to the state of Minnesota. In Beijing the group visited several of the biggest tourist attractions including the Olympic park, the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall. In Xi’an the students were hosted by Bodi International School where they had daily language lessons and a variety of cultural activities including learning Chinese calligraphy & ink painting, singing Chinese songs and learning Tai Chi. Students had the opportunity to meet with Chinese students from the Bodi School and learn about the life of a Chinese high school student. In addition to their lessons, students also found time to visit the tourist attractions of Xi’an, including the Terracotta Warriors, the Wild Goose Pagoda, the ancient city wall, and several local museums.



Students were housed in double-occupancy rooms. All rooms were be equipped with telephone, air conditioning, bathroom with hot and cold water (available at least 8 hours per day). Public laundry facilities and public lounge were also provided. A dormitory curfew is enforced.

Lodging locations provided a public-use computer with free internet access, indoor and outdoor sports facilities, and health clinic. Food service were provided, with meals suitable to Western tastes, and to meet the needs of vegetarians and those with other dietary restrictions.


Students were responsible for the cost of international airfare to Beijing, their Chinese visa, as well as health and travel insurance. CIUMN helped groups to apply for Chinese visas and find international airfare.

Chaperones were also responsible for the cost of international airfare to Beijing, their Chinese visa, as well as health and travel insurance.

All lodging, meals and transportation within China were be covered by the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp program.