We’re already halfway through our first month of 2015, and Chinese New Year is just around the corner in February.

Above are a few photos from CLI’s December 31st New Year’s dinner at a popular Guilin restaurant called Xiaonanguo (小南国), which translates to “Small South Country”. Over forty party-goers sampled dozens of the most delicious southern Chinese dishes in the traditional Chinese round-table style.

Among the highlights of the night was the presence of CLI’s co-founders, Robert and Bradford Fried, who both delivered warming speeches at the end of the evening, thanking everyone—students and CLI team members alike—for making CLI such a unique and exciting learning community.

In traditional New Year fashion, the group went out to the Shangri-La Hotel bar for drinks and live music after dinner. Students from all over the world joined their teachers, friends, and local community members to celebrate 2014 and welcome the arrival of the new year.

We hope you’re all having an outstanding new year!

-The CLI Team