Dali International Summer Camp-June

Dali International Summer Camp

6/19-6/28, 2017



The trip is an adventure to explore the hidden secret of Cangshan area. Formed over 2 billion years ago, Cangshan area has been selected the World Geopark by UNESCO in 2014. Guided by the botany expert, the group will explore various destinations, from the forest in the wrist of the mountain to the wetland near Erhai Lake. Children will learn to identify over 30 local plants and make their own nature diary. After the botany class to satisfy the curiosity, the group will embrace the starry sky during the camping at a grassland 2900 meters above sea level, enjoying the pure air and the fascinating scenery.



  • Age range: 7-14 years old; parents
  • Trip Length: 8 days, 7 nights (6/19 – 6/26, 2017)
  • Price: 9800 RMB/student, 8800 RMB/parent (all 8 days)
    Fee includes transportation around Dali, accommodation, three meals a day, educational fees and accident insurance. Does not include transportation to and from Dali, souvenirs, or additional personal items.
    Note: Linden Centre guests can participate in a day-by-day basis for a reduced price
  • Group size: 15-25 students
  • The camp will be conducted in both Mandarin Chinese and English



  • Learn to take scientific field notes at Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake
  • Explore the Huadian Dam
  • Gain camping skills


Why Join?

  • Build international friendships an environment of different cultures and languages
  • Practice sharp observation skills and attention to details through unique educational methods
  • Be immersed in rich natural heritage and learn to recognize dozens of native plants
  • Develop independence and strong confidence within the 40km trek of Cangshan area



Day 1: Xizhou

  • Get to know your new friends with bilingual ice-breakers
  • Explore the Xizhou and its unique architecture
  • Observe how the Bai people traditionally make local specialties such as cheese and rice noodles


Day 2: Cangshan Mountain

  • Learn how to observe nature using all 5 senses
  • With the help of our experienced nature teachers, identify 20 species of Cangshan plants by name, including special characteristics about each
  • Understand how the variety of plants work together in the different vegetation habitats of Cangshan
  • Learn to bake at the Linden Centre


Day 3: Erhai Lake

  • Observe the ecological characteristics of a wetland
  • Learn to take good field notes by drawing, free painting, and other methods


Day 4: Dali University

  • Understand more about plant composition, from the leaf order to the flower structure
  • Learn to take comprehensive scientific notes, including how to observe, measure, and draw plants


Day 5: Huadian Dam

  • Hike from the foot of the mountain to the Huadian dam
  • Be awestruck by the incredibly Milky Way at night


Day 6: Huadian Dam

  • Learn to identify alpine meadow plants
  • Observe the different plant species in a wetland
  • Gain camping skills and set up your own tent


Day 7: Xizhou

  • Rest and reflect
  • Prepare for concluding ceremony


Day 8: Presentation Ceremony

  • Present notes and projects from the week



Our Teachers

Ding Lianqing, Leader

Mr. Ding was a teacher for Teach for China. Outside of teaching, Mr. Ding loves to complete marathons, including running around the entire perimeter of Erhai Lake (126km!).


Tian Chen (Xiao Tian), Deputy Team Leader

In addition to being an elementary school principal and founder, Xiao Tian has 12 years of web experience and is planner for a local environment protection organization.


Lao Tian, Field Note Mentor

As a locally well-known botanist, Lao Tian has over two decades of experience mentoring others in the art of taking field notes and drawing nature.


Hu Hu, founder, Group Leader

Hu Hu has 13 years of experience organizing outdoor activities, and is an environmental protection researcher.


Da Chui, Group Leader

Da Chui is a very experienced outdoor survivalist who enjoys extreme sports such as skydiving. He was the first Asian to hike the Dusky Track, considered New Zealand’s hardest hike.


Jiang Yuxin (Bei Bei), Group Leader

An experienced counselor, Bei Bei organizes the “Sunshine Life” charity organization in Beijing that regularly brings together psychological counselors, children rehabilitation experts, and other professionals to help disabled children.


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