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Learn Chinese in Jingmai Tea Mountain
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Intensive One-on-one Chinese Course

You can choose to study Chinese in Jingmai Tea Mountain 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.

Accommodation is included.

Why learn Chinese in Jingmai Mountain?

Where to learn Chinese in Yunnan? Jingmai Mountain can be one of your choices.

Jingmai Mountain is located on the southwestern border of Yunnan Province, at the junction of Xishuangbanna, Pu’er, and Myanmar.

It is famous for Pu’er tea. As one of the six major tea mountains in China, Jingmai Mountain is also the birthplace of tea.

Jingmai Mountain has the world’s best-preserved, oldest and largest artificially cultivated ancient tea garden, which has witnessed the history of the development of Chinese tea culture.

You can experience the minority culture of the Bulang group and the Dai group.

How to Get to Jingmai Mountain?

Jingmai Mountain is located in the south-western of Kunming. There are two airports located nearby Jingmai Mountain, which are Lancang River Airport and Xishuangbanna Airport. The fastest way to get to Jingmaishan Mountain is to take a flight from Kunming to Lancang River Airport then take a bus to Jingmai Mountain, which is about a 2-hour ride.

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Places to Visit in Jingmai Mountain – Ancient Villages

When learning Chinese in Jingmai Mountain, there are also many places to visit after the Chinese classes.

There are two famous ancient villages in Jingmaishan Mountain. One is the Wengji Village, where the Bulang minority group inhabit in. The other one is Nuogan Village, where the Dai minority group lives in. These two ancient villages are the most well-preserved two of many ancient villages here in Jingmaishan Mountain.

These featured minority group wooden-fenced buildings are scattering along the hill, breathing together with the old tea trees and forests.

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Places to Visit in Jingmai Mountain – Chahuntai

When learning Chinese in Jingmai Mountain, China, you must visit the Chahuntai.

Chahuntai is where Bulang people worship their ancestors, Pa’aileng, and his wife, the Dai Princess Qigongzhu. Pa’aileng was the leader of the ancient Bulang group who taught Bulang people how to grow tea leaves.

Every year in the middle of April, the Bulang group will hold a ground ceremony to memorize and worship their ancestors, so it is also called Tea Ancestor Festival.

Places to Visit in Jingmai Mountain – Bee God Tree

Among many places for you to visit in Jingmai Mountain, the Bee God Tree must be an interesting one.

There is a tall ancient Banyan tree near the Mangjing area. More than 60 honeycombs are always gathered on the tree, so the local Bulang group calls it Bee God Tree. The Bulang people believe that bees are the angels of happiness and the incarnation of their ancestor Pa’aileng. A ritual event called “attracting bees” will be held at major festivals under the Bee God Tree.

Places to Visit in Jingmai Mountain – Tea Gardens

One of the many places for you to visit after the Chinese classes is the local tea gardens.

Jingmai Mountain is famous for its long history of producing top-quality Pu’er tea. Many ancient tea gardens still work well nowadays. Among them, the Dapingzhang tea garden is the most famous one. It is located in a land that flats like a palm.

In the Dapingzhang tea garden, there is an ancient tea tree living for over 1,000 years. This ancient tea tree breathes with the dense forests around it and radiating a special fragrance. It would be even stronger in fall when the tea blossoms are everywhere on the hill.

Places to Visit in Jingmai Mountain – Manghong Octagonal Pagoda

This pagoda is a Theravada Buddhist Pagoda that was built in the Qing Dynasty by the Bulang people. This pagoda is in an octagonal pattern with a height of 2.1 meters. There are seven stone carving patterns on the top and bottom of the tower body and a tower gate in the west. There are ancient weapons painted under the eaves of the pagoda, and the interior of the tower is hollow, which is the place where the Buddhist scriptures of the Bulang people are collected.

Things To Do in Jingmai Mountain – Photographing the sea of clouds

The autumn and winter seasons are the best time to appreciate the pretty natural view of the sea of clouds here in Jingmai Mountain. You can slow down your footsteps here in Jingmai Mountain to enjoy a peaceful daily life by basking in the warm sunshine, drinking the best Pu’er tea, and taking amazing pictures of the sea of clouds flowing among the hills.

Things To Do in Jingmai Mountain – Experiencing ethnic minority’s culture

Many ethnic minorities have lived on Jingmai Mountain for generations, such as Bulang, Dai, Hani, and Wa. Each minority group has its own characteristics, and only when you study Chinese in Jingmai can you truly experience the folk customs and folklore of these minority groups.

April is the most concentrated time for celebrating minority festivals in Jingmai Mountain. The Songkran Festival, the Shankang Festival, and the grand tea ancestor ceremony were held by the Bulang people. Each village will have a banquet; people will also set off fireworks. April is also the time for spring tea to go on the market, and there will be many tea merchants, which is very lively.

Cuisine in Jingmai Mountain – Chopped raw meats 剁生 duò shēng

Chopped raw meats are minced raw meat repeatedly chopped with lean meat of various animals and pure natural wild seasonings. In the chopping process, people will also chop an appropriate amount of animal blood together. The dish of chopped raw meats has many ingredients. When served with a variety of fresh wild vegetables and fruits, the taste is even more wonderful, making people unforgettable for a lifetime. This dish is a special minority cuisine popular among the Bulang and Dai people in Jingmai Mountain.

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Cuisine in Jingmai Mountain – Wrapped and steamed rice noodle 包蒸 bāo zhēng

The dish of wrapped and steamed rice noodles is also the specialty flavor ethnic cuisine of Jingmai Mountain. Rice noodles, fresh pork meats, plantain leaves, small bitter fruits, and mushrooms are the main ingredients. Chopping the ingredients separately, mixing them with rice noodles evenly, adding various seasonings, and wrapping them up with banana leaves. Steaming the wrapped dish for a while, then you can enjoy this delicacy.

 

Cuisine in Jingmai Mountain – Bulang group’s grinded Chilli 布朗舂辣子 bù lǎng chōng là zǐ

Bulang people prefer the spicy flavor. The Bulang group’s ground chili is with distinctive minority characteristics. Bulang people like to use self-grown chili, mixing with at least 12 spices to pestle together. When all of these ingredients are evenly ground, this dish is completed. This dish of Bulang group’s ground Chilli can be served as an appetizer or added directly into the main course or other dishes to enrich the taste.

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