Experience the annual Naadam Festival, held both in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, and the further out in the country. Observe the traditional Mongolian sports of wrestling, horse racing, and archery—and enjoy the opportunity to try some out yourself!
After receiving her BA in Journalism and Political Science from Indiana University, Tese worked in Beijing in the early 1980s as the English editor for China Pictorial magazine and taught English at Beijing University. She then moved to Hong Kong where she organized some of the first bicycle tours across China and worked as a freelance writer/photographer for publications such as the Asian Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review. She received her M.A. in China Regional Studies from the Henry Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington in 1987 and Seattle is now her home-base. Since her first trip to China in early 1979, she has returned to Asia more than fifty times leading educational tours in China/Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, India/Sikkim, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, and Mongolia. She has also traveled to Taiwan, South Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Mongolia, Indonesia/Bali, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Morocco, and all over Europe. In the Pacific Northwest, she has worked as an Asian history instructor at Seattle-area colleges, served as the Senior Director of Professional Development for the Seattle World Affairs Council, and continues to teach intensive East Asia Seminar classes for the University of Washington’s National Consortium for Teaching about Asia. Tese is the author of numerous curricula on Asia, from ancient Chinese art to current events and politics.
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Tese's Upcoming Expeditions
Cultural Mongolia with the Naadam FestivalJuly 2 — July 16, 2019
Caucasus: Georgia, Armenia & AzerbaijanOctober 1 — October 15, 2020
Visit six amazing UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Haghpat Monastery and Echmaidzin, as well as Georgia's famous cave city on this comprehensive tour through these lesser-traveled countries.