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Intensive One-on-one Chinese Course

You can choose to study Chinese in Jianshui 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 practice a self-study plan.

Accommodation is included.

Why learn Chinese in Jianshui?

There are many reasons why you should learn the Chinese language in China, especially in Jianshui town.

Jianshui is an ancient town with rich historical connotations, and there are traces of the passage of time everywhere. Jianshui was built in Tang Dynasty (around 810). Compared with the outside world, Jianshui is simpler. Except for the big festivals, you will rarely see tourists while walking in the ancient city. There are only local people wandering around. Therefore, it is very different from Dali and Lijiang, which attracts many tourists.

After 12 centuries of construction, Jianshui has preserved more than 50 ancient buildings and is known as the “Museum of Ancient Architecture” and “Museum of Folks Houses.”

How to Get to Jianshui?

Different types of transportations can be chosen when traveling to Jianshui town for learning Chinese. Jianshui County is located in the Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan province. It is approximately 129 miles south of the provincial capital of Kunming.

The easiest way to get to Jianshui is to take the high-speed train from Kunming to Jianshui. It only takes about 2 hours to get there, and the Jianshui train station is quite close to the Jianshui ancient town. Only 20 minutes bus can take you to the famous Chaoyang Gate.

Places to Visit in Jianshui – Chaoyang Gate 朝阳楼

Chaoyang Gate was built in the Ming Dynasty and had a history of more than 600 years. It is one of the main symbols of the long history of Jianshui. It is a symbol of Jianshui as an important border town in China.

The ancient city of Jianshui has four gates: Yinghui Gate in the east, Fu’an Gate in the south, Qingyuan Gate in the west, and Yongzhen Gate in the north.

At the end of the Ming Dynasty, the three gates in the north, south, and west were all destroyed by war, and only the east gate remained the current Chaoyang Gate.

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Places to Visit in Jianshui – Zhu Family’s Garden

Jianshui Zhu Family’s Garden is located in the middle section of Jianxin Street in the ancient city of Jianshui County. It is a family house and ancestral hall built by brothers Zhu Weiqing, a squire in the late Qing Dynasty. The Zhu Family’s Garden covers more than 20,000 square meters, of which a construction area of more than 5,000 square meters.

Zhu Family’s Garden is a precious architectural, historical and cultural heritage of Jianshui. It is a product of the combination of the architectural art of the Han people and the architectural art of local ethnic minorities.

Places to Visit in Jianshui – Double-Dragon Bridge

The Double-Dragon Bridge (Shuanglong Bridge) was originally built during the Emperor Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty and is commonly known as the Seventeen Wholes Bridge. It is located 3 miles west of Jianshui County, where the Lushui River meets the Tachong River. It is named after the two rivers winding like double dragons. The so-called “Double Dragons” means that there are two rivers, Tachong River and Lujiang River, with a bridge to lock “Double Dragons.”

Places to Visit in Jianshui – Tuanshan Folk House

“Tuanshan” is the Yi group language, which means “a place where there is gold and silver.” Jianshui Tuanshan folk house used to be the residence of Yi people in history. There is a large-scale, well-preserved Han folk house in this quiet small village after 600 years of wind and rain, which is rare in remote minority areas.

Places to Visit in Jianshui – Jianshui Confucian Temple

The largest Confucian Temple in Yunnan is Jianshui Confucian Temple, located in Jianshui County. Jianshui Confucian Temple was built from Yuan Dynasty to Yuan 22 (AD 1285) and has more than 700 years. After more than 40 times of expansions and repairs, it covers an area of 114 acres. Its existing scale, construction level, and well-preserved degree are ranked after the Qufu Confucian Temple and Beijing Confucian Temple.

Things To Do in Jianshui – Take a ride on the touring train

At the end of the Qing Dynasty, the southern Yunnan squire raised funds to build the Ge-Bi-shi Railway (Gejiu-Bisezhai-Shiping) to transport tin ore in Gejiu. It was the first commercial railway in China and the only Inch-rail (gauge 0.6 meters) railway in the country.

Jianshui government has reopened the “Lin’an-Tuanshan” section of the sightseeing train on this railway, with a total length of 13 kilometers. The carriages have been transformed from the original rail carriages. Take a ride on this touring train, and you will enjoy the ancient bridges, ancient villages, French-style train stations, and rural scenery around Jianshui.

Things To Do in Jianshui – Pottery making

Jianshui was awarded the title of “China’s Purple Pottery Capital” in 2019.

The high iron content of Jianshui pottery clay makes the pottery featured in high hardness, high strength, and rich metallic texture on the surface.

You can buy the purple pottery from Jianshui as a souvenir and have a chance to experience the pottery-making process in local pottery workshops.

To know more interesting facts about Jianshui, you may start learning Mandarin Chinese by yourself using free online Chinese classes.

Cuisine in Jianshui – Steamed Pot Chicken Soup 汽锅鸡 qì guō jī

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Jianshui produces a unique earthenware pot steamer, called 汽锅 qì guō, which is specially used for steaming food. The method of steaming chicken is to put chicken and condiments into the pot steamer and place it on a soup pot filled with water. The steam will pass through the steam nozzle in the steamer to heat the chicken. Because the soup is condensed by steam, the umami taste of the chicken is well preserved during the steaming process, and you can enjoy the original taste of the chicken from this dish.

Cuisine in Jianshui – Roasted Soybean Curds 烧豆腐 shāo dòu fǔ (Vegetarian Choice)

Jianshui tofu has been well-known since the middle and late Qing Dynasty. The materials for making these soybean curds are all high-quality, and the making procedure is hand-made. The unique feature of this tofu is the water used for making it. The water comes from the famous Ximen Dabanjing well, praised as the best well water resource in Yunnan. Tofu vendors and stands can be seen everywhere in the streets and alleys of Jianshui. It is common to see several people gathering and sitting together on a small bench, with a small brazier in the middle, and the tofu was roasted brown on it. Everyone dips the tofu in the sauce and enjoys it with relish.

Cuisine in Jianshui – Typha Orientalis 草芽 cǎo yá

Typha Orientalis has a sweet, crispy, and fresh taste, which is unique to Jianshui County. After the fresh Typha Orientalis grow out of the water, they should be stored in the bottom of the bucket with water immediately and arrive at the kitchen and dining table in the shortest possible time; otherwise, they will get too chewy. Therefore, this is also a delicacy that you cannot take away from Jianshui.

It can be stir-fried with meats, cooked as a soup, or added to the famous Cross-bridge rice noodles.

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