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Intensive One-on-one Chinese Course

You can choose to study Chinese in China for 4 hours per day (20 hours/week) or 6 hours per day (30 hours/week). If you want to learn Chinese in China, the intensive one-on-one course is the fastest way to improve your Chinese.

We use unique teaching methods developed by Keats. Your Chinese teacher(s) will prepare your lessons according to your level of Chinese and your learning goals, to make sure that you learn the most Chinese in the shortest possible time.

Out of the classes, there are also many free online Chinese lessons conducted by Keats School. These free learning materials can facilitate your Mandarin learning when you practise a self-study plan.

Accommodation is included.

Why Learn Chinese in Dali?

As one of the famous tourist destinations in Yunnan Province, Dali is rich in historical and natural relics. By having an immersive Chinese class here, you can enjoy both study and sightseeing at the same time.

It is also one of the main residences of the Bai Ethnic Group. Its history stretches back to the kingdom of Nanzhao (8th century).

The walled old city, from the Ming dynasty, contains traditional homes and towers from the Bai ethnic minority.

Dali is a great place to explore traditional Chinese culture and minority culture while you learn Chinese in China.

How to Get to Dali?

Different types of transportations in China can be chosen when travelling to Xishuangbanna for learning Chinese.

Dali City is located in western Yunnan, approximately 160 miles northwest of the provincial capital of Kunming.

You can take a flight to arrive in Kunming first, and then take the high-speed train from Kunming to Dali, which takes around 2 hours. The train ticket is around RMB 150 yuan. 

The scenery along the way is stunningly beautiful. You cannot miss it if you are a mountain lover.

Places to Visit in Dali - Three Pagodas

What things to do after the Chinese classes? You may visit the Three Pagodas.

Located in the Chongsheng Temple, the Three Pagodas in Dali have more than 1800 years of history. As its name implies, the Three Pagodas are made of three ancient independent pagodas forming a symmetrical triangle. It’s said that nine kings of the Dali Kingdom chose to be a Chongsheng monastery in the temple. The Three Pagodas is a symbol of the history of Dali, and a record of the development of Buddhism in the area. When visiting the Three Pagodas, you can see the beauty of Erhai lake.

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Places to Visit in Dali - Erhai Lake

After having intensive one-on-one Chinese classes time, you may want to put yourself into a natural environment to relax both your body and mind.

Erhai Lake is the largest highland lake next to Dianchi (Kunming) and one of the seven biggest fresh water lakes in China. Its name 洱海 means ‘sea shaped like an ear’ in Chinese, implying that the lake is ear-shaped and as large as a sea. There are some small islands worth exploring along Erhai Lake. Learning Chinese in Dali offers a great opportunity to walk or jog along the lake bank early in the morning or in the evening.

Places to Visit in Dali - Xizhou Village

Where you can enjoy both tranquillity of life and  Mandarin language learning at the same time? Go to Xizhou Village.

Dali Xizhou Ancient Town is located in the northern part of Dali City, Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province. Hundreds of residential buildings built by the Bai minority with their own characteristics of architecture are standing here and waiting for you to visit. People often visit the houses of the Yan family and the Yang family. Wandering on the streets of Xizhou is like walking into a residential building museum. Along the streets, the tie-dye stands layout, the bougainvillaea popping out of the wall, the fragrance of Xizhou pan-fried cake, the children chasing and playing on the street corner… all of these ordinary details integrated as a breath of history and culture rushes towards you when walking through the town.

Places to Visit in Dali - Shaxi Ancient Town

If you’re interested in knowing about the history of the ancient Yunnan-Tibet Ancient Tea-Horse Road, you may want to visit the Dali Shaxi Ancient Town after taking your immersive Chinese language program.

Dali Shaxi Ancient Town is located in Jianchuan County and is known as the only surviving ancient bazaar on the ancient Yunnan-Tibet Ancient Tea-Horse Road, which is important for transporting and trading tea, medicinal materials, silk fabrics and salt. In ancient times, trading with horse-driving was an adventurous business. Away from the harsh snow-capped mountains, valleys and rapids, Si Deng Street of Shaxi town was like a “paradise” to those hard-working caravans. With the improvement of the modern highway network and the development of transportation, the Shaxi town gradually declined due to its distance from the main traffic lines. Although poverty and backwardness hindered the development of Shaxi, it allowed the ancient stage and shops with a history of about 600 years to be preserved and eventually became valuable cultural heritage.

Places to Visit in Dali - Dali Ancient Town

Do you like having a walk on the ancient town street, especially after several hours of Chinese language study at Keats School? Then you can go to visit the Dali Ancient Town.

The ancient town of Dali is located at the foot of the beautiful Cangshan Mountain. It was once the capital city of the ancient Nanzhao Kingdom and the Dali Kingdom. This is a wonderful place for people who want to enjoy a slow-paced life. With the sunshine glowing and comfortable temperature, you can totally relax down here. It is very pleasant to stroll around the local shops in the ancient town and visit the ancient buildings. During the lunar month of March and April, there will be many festivals celebrated in Dali. The famous “March Street” is the most lively one among them.

Things To Do in Dali - Biking Around the Erhai Lake

You can have a biking workout when learning Chinese in Xishuangbanna, China.

Biking around Erhai Lake is the most relaxing way to appreciate its pretty sceneries. Erhai Lake is translated as 洱海 ěr hǎi in Chinese, which is the seven largest freshwater lake in China with an area of 265.5 square kilometres. Though it is a lake, local Bai group people prefer calling it as the sea, for they have rare opportunities to know what a real sea looks like so they naturally take this giant lake as the sea. Erhai Lake is not only just a pool of clear blue water with tranquil beauty, but also an important part of the local ecological circle. By biking around the lake, you can experience both natural and cultural touring sites along the way.

Things To Do in Dali - Explore the Minority Bai Tie-Dyeing

You can try to make the Tie-dyeing handicraft here when learning Chinese in Dali, China.

Tie-dyeing is an ancient textile dyeing technique in China from the Eastern Han Dynasty. The Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture still retains this traditional technique and the tie-dyeing industry of Zhoucheng Bai group is the most famous. Tie-dyeing generally takes white cotton cloth or cotton-linen blended cloth as raw materials, and the dye is mainly blue indigo plant. The key technology of Bai Tie-dyeing is the twisting technique and dyeing technique. The Bai minority group has a variety of tie-dye that boasts both aesthetic value and practical functions. The Bai Tie-dyeing is featured with evenly distributed patterns and an auspicious theme.

Cuisine in Dali - Spicy and Sour Fish Soup

What to order in a Chinese restaurant when study Mandarin in Dali?

Shuanglang is the birthplace of the famous Dali Spicy and Sour Fish Soup. There were human activities since ancient times. They inhabited Erhai Lake and preyed on fish in Erhai Lake. So the fish meat became the main source of their daily foods. After thousands of years of evolution and accumulation, fishermen add papaya, chilli, tofu, yam, and other ingredients when cooking fresh fish, gradually forming this traditional Dali delicacy. As the name indicated, this famous Spicy and Sour Fish soup tastes both spicy and sour with a refreshing flavour.

Cuisine in Dali – Weizhou Sticky rice noodles 巍州扒肉饵丝 wēi zhōu bā ròu ěr sī

What to order in a Chinese restaurant when study Mandarin in Dali?

People who live in southern China like to eat rice and Dali is not an exception. Therefore, the staple food of Dali is mainly rice or rice products, such as sticky rice noodles and sticky rice cake. One of the most famous local dishes is the Weizhou sticky rice noodles. This dish uses fresh top-quality pork meat. The pork meat will be slow-cooked for a long time until the meat getting soft and fall apart tenderly. This dish is rich and delicious but not greasy at all.

Cuisine in Dali – Milk Cheese Fan乳扇 rǔ shàn

What to order in a Chinese restaurant when study Mandarin in Dali?

The milk cheese fan is a sort of cheese food that popular in the north-western Yunnan province. As the name indicated, it is made of milk. The milk cheese fan is in a cream colour and with a shape like a folding fan, so the locals named it the Milk Cheese Fan. You can eat it raw or cook it by frying or roasting. It can also be cooked with Yunnan ham to serve as a formal dish. Milk Cheese Fan can also be chopped up and add into the boiled tea drink to serve as the sweet tea, the second course of the famous Dali Three Courses Tea.

Besides the Pickled Fruits, there are another 10 dishes you must try when learning Chinese in Yunnan.

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Ben | USA

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My first semester that I studied at another school, and the pressure there was pretty high, the classroom hour was long, and the homework was pretty tedious. Since I came to Keats, I found I have a lot more opportunities to speak in the classroom. My classmates all are fluent and love speaking and participating in the class. We have great classroom dynamic.

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Rients | Netherlands

Small Group Chinese Class

Kunming is a great place to learn Chinese because not many Chinese on the street speak English. Keats has been a great school for me and a lot of other foreigners who studied in china recommended it to me. I think they are all right. The study method here is really structured. They make learning Chinese really easy. There are also a lot of cultural and natural places to visit.

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Josh | USA

Small Group Chinese Class

I really had a wonderful experience at the school. The teachers are very very friendly. In my class, we practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing. We play games and other fun activities. We have trips around town. The staff at Keats is phenomenal. My teacher is one of the best teachers I have ever had in my educational experience. She comes in with a smile every day.

Sanny | USA

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

I have to say it’s tons of fun. I have been here for 2 weeks. Not knowing what it was gonna be like, I was more than surprised it how great it is. The teachers are great, they are understanding. They do language program that suits just you. The location is perfect for China.

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Sarah | Dubai

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

My teachers are all excellent. They trained the teachers so professionally. I feel like I learn very quickly with my teacher. They are very serious about their students and I know every teacher is like this. I would highly recommend that you come to Keats.

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Faith | UK

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

I have 2 teachers, and I do 4 hours a day. So I have got Dong Laoshi and Jin Laoshi. Both of them are very good. They made the experience very nice to me. They are willing to help you whenever, so if you ever have a question here, the teachers are always there to help you whether it is visas, whether it is getting around the city. Everyone wants to talk to you.

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Ivo | Switzerland

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

They really care about what our interests are, what questions we have, what requirements we have. Then they adjust our class content according to the situations. One teacher and one student, so it is easy to keep your focus for the 6 hours of lessons. It is very convenient to study, live and eat in one building.

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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? 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.

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