UD-NSLIY Xiamen Memories (Photo Video)

A short photo video highlighting the UD-NSLIY program while in Xiamen. Many of the pictures are shown for the first time on this blog. They learned. They laughed. They explored. And they’ll remember these wonderful five weeks and always be missed by their teachers, friends and homestay families in Xiamen.

Photo courtesy of the participants and chaperons.

UD-NSLIY Visited the Great Wall and the “Bird’s Nest” in Beijing

For thirty participants of the NSLIY program, riding a five-hour high speed train (average speed 185 miles per hour) from Shanghai to Beijing marked another eye-opening experience for them. They arrived at Beijing around 11 o’clock in the morning on August 10. The group will spend the last few days in Beijing before they come back to the United States.

In the afternoon, they visited the Wangfujing Streets, one of the capital’s most famous shopping streets.

In the morning on August 11, the group departed for the Great Wall. The participants all learned a famous poem by Chairman Mao Zedong: “One is not a true man until he or she gets to the Great Wall”. Upon arrival at the foot of the Great Wall, all participants got very excited and all climbed up to the top and hence claimed that they were all “true men”!

Juyongguan Pass of the Great Wall

The Great Wall

True Women! :)

In the afternoon, the group visited the “Bird’s Nest”, the Beijing National Stadium, home stadium of the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. They wrapped up the day trip with a shopping session in the most famous shopping district in Beijing, the Xiu Shui Street (Silk Street). Good prices and a variety of selections made the day for the participants.

The Bird’s Nest

Shopping in the Silk Market.

UD-NSLIY in Shanghai

On August 7th, the UD-NSLIY group visited several popular sites in Shanghai, including the Shanghai Museum of Sun Yat-Sen’s Former Residence, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center and the Yu Garden. They watched a show by the Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe in the evening, which they enjoyed very much. Going through the modern sides and old-time places of the city of Shanghai, the participants now gained a much thorough understanding of the city and China.

The group in Yu Garden.

Underneath the Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower in Pudong.

Inside of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.

In the garden of the former residence of the Founding Father of China, Sun Yat-Sen.

Ready to enjoy the Acrobat Show.

UD-NSLIY Time to Say Goodbye

After spending 17 days and nights together, the students and their homestay families have established great friendship among each other. Love and caring are the key words to describe their time together. August 5th. It was the night before the NSLI-Y group left Xiamen for Shanghai. The UD-NSLIY program held a Farewell Party for all the participants and their homestay families.

The first part of the party was a buffet dinner. After dinner, more than 170 people, including families, friends and students, participated in the party to enjoy the performances from the participants.

The majority of the performances from the participants were in Chinese, including an adapted skit of “Snow White” and many other Chinese songs they learned. The participants were very talented and creative. Everyone enjoyed their performances very much.

More than 170 people joined the Farewell Party for the participants.


Delicious buffet dinner.


A Snow White story in Chinese.


A musical in Chinese.


Proud homestay parents and their children pose after the performances.

In the morning on August 6th, the Homestay families sent the participants to campus to depart for Shanghai. It was very hard to say goodbye. Tears, hugs and good wishes were in the air.

The group arrived at Shanghai at 3pm on the day, safe and sound.

Participants and their families say goodbye to each other.


Time to board the bus but we’ll keep in touch. Good Bye!

UD-NSLIY Participants Enjoy Time with their Homestay Families in Xiamen (Part 1)

For the the thirty participants of the NSLIY program, homestay is a brand new but exciting experience. The families that are hosting the participants work very hard to present authentic Chinese life styles to them. They treat their guests like a second son or daughter of their own. Here are some of the pictures shared from the families. Enjoy!

Bradley carefully plans out his next move in the card game he often plays with his host brother.

Si and Isaac prepare hand-made jiaozi (Chinese dumplings) with their host parents.

Angela visits a Confucian Temple near her host family’s hometown.

Emily and Anna show off their singing prowess at KTV, a kind of karaoke that has become extremely popular in China.

Si and Isaac stop for a quick photo with their host families in front of picturesque Xiamen.

Emily tries her hand at riding a tandem bike with her host sister in tow.

(From left to right) Cliff, Bradley, Kevin, and Angela pose with their host siblings during an evening stroll through the city.

Si and Isaac go for a few rounds of tennis with their host families at the court near their homes.