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Daytrip to the Golden Temple

Aug 2, 2014, it was still rainy in the morning but turned sunny in the afternoon. Looked as if it was arranged intentionally because it was Keats School’s large event day. Long expected, the event was held more successfully than we imagined. All the teachers and the students were invited to a daytrip to the famous Golden Temple, located in the northeast of Kunming.

Around 2pm, all the guests arrived at the Golden Temple by bus. Once we got off the bus, we were fully attracted by the traditional Chinese ancient-style gate that was standing upright in front of the green mountain. Excited and amazed, many students were busy taking pictures. One of the teachers who served as a tour guide joked “Our goal today is the Taihe Temple on top of the mountain. Let’s save some strength for the challenging climbing.”

Although it was not a long way from the foot to the top, the steps were rather steep. The rarefied air caused by the Yun Gui Plateau may make people quickly tired, but Keats teachers and students seemed to enjoy the climbing very much. One student told us that nobody would feel tired as the scenery was so beautiful along the way that they almost forgot everything else. In order to reach the mountain top, we had to go through three gates. We left students with enough time to learn about each gate with its history and culture. With the help from the teachers, the students had a chance to read the traditional Chinese characters carved on the stones.

Time flies and we were already at the mountain top. We originally planned to take a rest once reaching the top, but we were surprised to see the dazzling beautiful surroundings. Forgot about taking a rest, students started to take pictures. When we finally arrived at the Taihe Temple, the Keats tour guide carefully introduced its origin, structure, history and all background information. Looking at the construction with more than 300 years of history and built with 100% copper, the students were thoroughly engrossed in the incomparable beauty of the temple. The teacher invited all the students to touch the copper as it would bring us good luck. Many students and teachers used their own way to touch, to feel and to experience. One Australian student said that he was not into architecture at all, but now amazed by the wisdom of ancient Chinese people applied in the architecture. He learned much more about Chinese culture and history than he thought he could.

The Events Planning Team at Keats also prepared various wonderful little games. The students enjoyed the game time a lot and we attracted many Chinese visitors’ attention. They were invited to join us to play games. We once again had an opportunity to learn how friendly Chinese people are.

One returning student told us that one important factor to make the traveling more exciting is to feel the process, not the result. The people, the scenery, and the time we spent together made our trip to the Golden Temple a unique experience that only belongs to Keats teachers and our students. 

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Sjoerd testimonial for keats chinese school

SJOERD | Netherlands

Small Group Chinese Class

We use a lot of games to learn grammar and new words. We have really good teachers, really patient. She helps us a lot. Our class is really nice and we have people from all over the world, different countries. We often discuss topics in Chinese in our class. I live in the dorm of Keats. It is very convenient. I don’t have to spend time traveling. You can just focus on learning Chinese.

Paul | UK

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

All teachers are really lovely. The teaching level at Keats is so much higher. I really love the city. It is very comfortable to get around. I fully recommend Keats. It is a great place to study Chinese in China. We are looking forward to coming back again later this year.

Joleen | Germany

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

About studying Chinese here, I think the living condition is very convenient because the dorm is very close to the classroom. Our teachers really enjoy teaching Chinese. They are also very passionate. Compared with other cities in China, Kunming has really good weather.

Kim | UK

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

I’ve had an amazing time at Keats. I am amazed at how much I’ve learned over the last 3 weeks and I will be really sad to go. We are already planning on our next trip of coming back because we had such a fantastic time here. They really tailor the Chinese language course to you and your individual needs.

Sarah testimonial for keats chinese school

Sarah | USA

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

My name is Sarah Fish. I am 81. I knew very little Chinese when I arrived. How was I going to survive 2 weeks of intensive Chinese course? I have to laugh when I think of that now. What a positive experience this has been! I really wish we could be here a little longer. The teachers are extremely encouraging, evaluating first how much someone knows, and then starting from there.

Steve testimonial for keats chinese school

Steve | UK

Small Group Chinese Class

I really enjoy coming here because it is like kind of a home for me. It is a great environment to learn Mandarin Chinese in China and meet great people from all over the world. Everyone here is extremely friendly. Kunming has a really nice climate. It is a very good mix of the modern city and also a lot of historic Chinese culture. Probably got the cleanest air in China and possibly the cleanest water too. I invite you to come to study Chinese in Kunming.

Judith | USA

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

Listening and speaking in the classroom every day has improved my communication skills. After three weeks, my new words and sentences became more and more natural and fluent. Now I am used to thinking in Chinese, and I understand better what other people say, to be able to have real conversations with other people.

Hilary testimonial for keats chinese school

Hilary | USA

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

I’ve had a really great time here. I’ve studied a lot with my teacher who was fantastic. Keats School tried very hard to match its students with really good teachers that their personality works very well together. I really enjoy studying Chinese at Keats and I will definitely come back.

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