What is the village of Xizhou like?

Xizhou, which is located approximately 20 kilometers from Dali Old Town in Yunnan Province, is an absolutely remarkable place in so many ways: year-round beautiful weather, gorgeous mountain scenery, interesting old architecture, and a slow, relaxed pace of life centered around Sifang Jie, the village square.

What makes Xizhou most memorable, though, is the wonderful people who live there. Most of the population in Xizhou are Bai Minority, with a long, proud tradition of self-sufficient farming as well as a vibrant trading history. Previous Microcampus students report that they felt very comfortable as soon as they arrived--having stepped into an authentic, thriving village full of interesting, friendly people.