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Photographs from the last day of the Traditional Chinese Medicine Workshop

Please click on the links below to view the photographs of our group participating in a workshop at the University of Beijing School of Medicine, in which they learned about the history and practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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And they are off to their homestays for the weekend!


Many students at RDFZ live in the dormitories during the week and return home on the weekends. Our students returned home with their host students to learn about and experience family life in China this weekend. They will return to RDFZ with their host students early on Monday morning.

Ella at home enjoying a snack with her host family.

Callie out to dinner with her host family.

The group landed in Beijing, settled into their hotel and are off to dinner

Our group of travelers landed in Beijing on time and were met at the airport by Lynn their guide for the next two days. They checked into their hotel, rested for a short period and headed out to dinner. By all reports from Cate and Jackie, the flight was long and everyone is tired but excited to eat some food and have a really good night’s sleep. The group will travel to the Great Wall tomorrow so stay tuned for pictures and more updates!

And wheels are up! The group is en route to Beijing!

After an early morning departure, the group arrived at Newark International Airport with plenty of time to change money, eat some brunch and get excited for their adventure ahead.

The group boarded their United Airlines flight #089 and took off about 5 minutes later than expected. They are scheduled to arrive in Beijing tomorrow, Monday 3/11, at 2:58 pm local time (2:58 am EST on Monday). Stay tuned for more blog posts once our intrepid travelers arrive in China.



Welcome to the RDFZ, Porter’s in China Blog!

We are getting excited for this 11th grade InterMission class to begin their incredible journey to the High School Affiliated with Remnin University (RDFZ) in Beijing, China!

You can expect to receive updates once a day on this blog. Please keep in mind that the time in China will be 12 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time so the postings may not happen on a schedule that makes sense in your time zone. This blog is the place to find pictures, videos and reflections from students and faculty on the trip, as well as to receive daily updates about the group’s activities and experiences. We are asking our faculty trip leaders to post all materials so that students can be present for every moment and so that they will not worry about posting to the blog in a timely manner.

We also strongly encourage you to keep your contact with your daughter to a minimum during her experience in Beijing, which will allow her to fully immerse herself in the life and community of the city and RDFZ.

It is going to be a FANTASTIC experience for all and we look forward to sharing it with you on this blog.

Tuesday: Students attended classes, played soccer and visited the Olympic Park

Ah, Tuesday. We gathered this morning at 7:20 for breakfast with Grace and enjoyed our steamed soy milk. We discovered that the cafeteria sells interesting Chinese snacks such as pizza flavored pretz, green tea and blueberry pocky, and a variety of fruit flavored juices. We then attended IB level classes such as Environmental Systems and Societies, Economics, and Business. After a short break, all ten of us gathered on the soccer field and participated in a match with the RDFZ boys. Don’t worry, thanks to our goal from Gabby in the final minutes, we managed to grab the win #girlswinhere? more like #girlswineverywhere. Then we went back to classes- Art, Music, Biology and Computer Science were offered. The period lasted an hour and a half. Next, we fueled up in the cafeteria and headed out to the Beijing Olympic Park. We had to layer up because the wind made it quite chilly. The blue skys made for a picturesque afternoon (as shown above). The Birds Nest and the Water Cubic were architecturally stunning and a must see despite the cold weather. After exploring for a few of hours we went to dinner at Beijing Duck and ate a smorgasbord of traditional Chinese food. All settled into the dorms now, can’t wait for another day of fun. – Alyssa Landry

All photographs by Sofie Brandt.