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Learn Chinese in Xishuangbanna
Experience the culture of ethnic minorities

Chinese Language Courses in Xishuangbanna

Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes
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Chinese Language Course + Tour in China
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Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

  • Personal study plans
  • Best teachers and private lessons
  • Start anytime
  • Full immersion experience
  • Full services (study + single room accommodation)

HSK Test Preparation Course

  • Start anytime
  • HSK experts with years of experience
  • Get test scores improved significantly
  • Intensive one-on-one Chinese class
  • Full services (study + single room accommodation)

Chinese Language Course + Tour in China

  • Private one-on-one Chinese lessons
  • Full services (study + accommodation)
  • Excursions and tours with your teacher
  • Travel to Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la, Jianshui, Yuanyang

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Intensive One-on-one Chinese Course

You can choose to study Chinese in Xishuangbanna 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 ensure that you learn the most Chinese in the shortest possible time.

Accommodation is included.

Accommodation in Xishuangbanna - Learn Chinese by the Riverside of Mekong River

  • Conveniently located by the Mekong River, beautiful river view
  • Single/Double room accommodation with private bathroom
  • Clean, safe and comfortable
  • Room cleaning service every day
  • Live in Xishuangbanna – Experience the Harmony of Nature, Culture, and Comfort in Your Everyday!

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Why learn Chinese in Xishuangbanna?

Xishuangbanna is a warm land, and many people choose to travel here in autumn and winter to shelter from the cold. Even in January, the weather in Xishuangbanna is still sunny, and a jacket is warm enough to survive the winter. By having an immersive Chinese class here, you can enjoy both studying and sightseeing simultaneously.

In addition to a suitable climate, Xishuangbanna is also a land full of diverse ethnic minority group cultures. The minority group culture has further brought a richer food flavor into the Xishuangbanna cuisine. Due to its location in the subtropical area, Xishuangbanna has become a paradise for enjoying various fruits.

Full Immersion in Chinese

  • If you prefer to have an all-Chinese learning environment and not speak any English, Xishuangbanna is for you. Please don’t be surprised if you are the only student in Xishuangbanna or if you barely see any international visitors.
  • The best thing about studying in Xishuangbanna is that your teacher will accompany you to do sightseeing every day after class, to create a pure Chinese language environment for you. Studying Chinese in Xishuangbanna not only focuses on the Chinese language but also offers a chance to explore the local culture with your teacher.
  • If you prefer a big and vivid international student community or expect a school community experience, please choose to learn Chinese in Kunming at the Kunming campus.

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How to Get to Xishuangbanna?

Different types of transportation in China can be chosen when traveling to Xishuangbanna to learn Chinese.

Xishuangbanna is 422 miles away from the capital city Kunming, Yunnan.

The flight from Kunming to Xishuangbanna is 1 hour and the cost is 170 RMB to 500 RMB one way.

The high-speed train from Kunming to Xishuangbanna is 3.5 hours and the cost is 158 RMB to 248 RMB one way.

We offer you airport/train station pick-up and drop-off for free.

Places to Visit in Xishuangbanna – Wild Elephant Valley

Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant Valley is 19 miles away from Xishuangbanna’s capital city, Jinghong city. It gathers tropical and subtropical forests and wild animal species. It is the center of the exchange and gathering of wild Asian elephants. Among the only more than 300 wild elephants in China, there are about 250 wild elephants and about 40 wild elephant families who have been active in the area around the wild elephant valley for a long time. That is why this valley is named Wild Elephant Valley.

Places to Visit in Xishuangbanna – Tropical Botanical Garden of Chinese Academy of Sciences

After having intensive one-on-one Chinese classes, you may want to put yourself into a natural environment to relax both your body and mind. Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden of the Chinese Academy of Sciences is located in the tropical forest of Menglun Town, Mengla County, Xishuangbanna. The local people prefer to brief it as Menglun Botanical Garden. The park is divided into two parts: the east zone and the west zone. The main attraction is the west zone, composed of several small botanical gardens; the east zone is a long and narrow tropical rainforest suitable for hiking.

Places to Visit in Xishuangbanna – Jinuo Village

If you’re interested in knowing about ethnic minority group culture and customs, you may want to visit the Jinuo Village after taking your Chinese immersion language program.  In the tropical rain forest of Xishuangbanna, there is an infinitely curious and fascinating secret realm, where a unique ethnic minority of Xishuangbanna is inhabited. This place is the Jinuo village, where the Jinuo minority group lives.

Jinuo Village is located in Jinuo Township, east of Jinghong City, 17 miles away from Jinghong City. It is the place where the Jinuo people have lived for generations. Mountain Jinuo is also one of the famous tea mountains in Yunnan that produce high-quality Pu’er tea. When you come to Jinuo Village, you can not only experience the culture of the Jinuo minority group but also taste the Pu’er tea on Jinuo Mountain.

Places to Visit in Xishuangbanna – The Manting Imperial Garden

Do you like walking in a park, especially after several hours of a Chinese language course at Keats School? Then you can go to visit the Manting Imperial Garden.

The Manting Imperial Garden is the oldest park in Xishuangbanna. It has a history of more than 1,300 years. It used to be the royal garden of the Dai Royal Family of Xishuangbanna. In the history of the Dai group, it was a place for feudal lords and chieftains to relax and appreciate gardening views. In the garden, there are not only natural landscapes but also exotic flowers and garden architecture. Guests in the park can enjoy the quaint natural scenery and appreciate the cultural landscape with distinctive ethnic characteristics.

Places to Visit in Xishuangbanna – Starry Light Night Market in Gao Village

Where can you enjoy the diverse night event after your Mandarin language learning in the daytime? Go Starry Light Night Market in Gao Village.

Starry Light Night Market in Gao Village is the largest and one of the busiest night markets in Xishuangbanna. The products sold here are diverse, including clothing, handicrafts, local specialties, etc. Of course, the most attractive thing for tourists here is the colorful and unique-flavored cuisine. Most of the cuisine here has distinctive ethnic minority characteristics, and some cuisines also combine flavors from Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

Things To Do in Xishuangbanna – Try out the ancient way of making pottery

You can try to make the Traditional pottery handicraft here when learning Mandarin Chinese in China.

The Dai people originally came from the Baiyue group, who moved toward the south from the Central Plains. In the process of migrating to the south, the ceramic culture of the Central Plains spread to Xishuangbanna.

Until today, the craftsmanship of the Dai people’s slow-wheel pottery production has been well preserved, retaining the appearance of the civilization of the Central Plains more than 4,000 years ago.

Things To Do in Xishuangbanna – Experience the Theravada Buddhism

Most of the population in Xishuangbanna believes in Theravada Buddhism, introduced in Sri Lanka in the middle of the 7th century. The Buddhist temple architecture is integrated with the lives of the residents.

Many festivals are related to Theravada Buddhism, such as the Songkran Festival. This festival is the Dai Group New Year, celebrated every April according to the Dai calendar. Dai people will hold various activities, such as the water cleaning ceremony for the Buddha sculpture and a water splashing event to send the best wish for the new year.

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Cuisine in Xishuangbanna – Grilled Fish with Lemongrass 香茅草烤鱼

The inhabitants of Xishuangbanna are mainly Dai people, and Dai-flavored cuisine enjoys a high reputation in Yunnan Province. The most representative of Dai cuisine is the Grilled Fish with Lemongrass.

This dish has two characteristics: the grill used to fix the fish is the local green bamboo slices. When the fish is grilled over an open fire, both the good smell of the fish meat and the fragrance of the bamboo blend; the other one is the lemongrass used in the cooking, which brings a peculiar smell to this dish. Its unique feature is the special sauce “Tomato Nanami” that Dai people stuffed inside the fish maw.

Cuisine in Xishuangbanna – Pineapple Flavoured Sticky Rice 菠萝饭

What to order in a Chinese restaurant when studying Mandarin Chinese in Xishuangbanna?

Pineapple Flavoured Sticky Rice is a unique delicacy of the Dai people in Yunnan’s border areas. The subtropical fruit pineapple is fresh and fragrant. It adds a sour and sweet taste to the rice, blending with the mellow and smooth glutinous rice. Pineapple is rich in vitamins, so Pineapple Flavoured Sticky Rice is also rich in nutrients.

Cuisine in Xishuangbanna – Pickled Fruits 腌水果

What to order in a Chinese restaurant when studying Mandarin in Xishuangbanna?

Located in the subtropical zone and benefiting from the monsoon climate, Xishuangbanna is a natural fruit kingdom. In Xishuangbanna, in addition to making juice and desserts and eating directly, there is another way to enjoy a wide variety of fruits here. That is pickled fruits. Peel and slice fresh fruits such as mango, pineapple, plantain, papaya, etc., and then add seasonings for pickling, including chili powders, vinegar, and soy sauce. The fresh and sweet taste of the fruit is mixed with the spicy flavor, and it becomes an appetizer to cool off the summer heat.

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

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How to Get to Xishuangbanna?

Xishuangbanna is 422 miles away from the capital city Kunming, Yunnan.

The flight from Kunming to Xishuangbanna is 1 hour and the cost is 170 RMB to 500 RMB one way.

The high-speed train from Kunming to Xishuangbanna is 3.5 hours and the cost is 158 RMB to 248 RMB one way.

We offer you airport/train station pick-up and drop-off.

What's the year around temperature in Xishuangbanna?

Xishuangbanna has a tropical climate, with warm to hot temperatures year-round. Some key details about the temperature in Xishuangbanna:

  • Average annual temperature is around 22°C (71°F).
  • The coldest months are December-January, with average lows of around 15°C (59°F).
  • The hottest months are April-August, with average highs of 25-29°C (77-84°F).
  • Due to its tropical location near the Tropic of Cancer, Xishuangbanna experiences little variation in temperature throughout the year compared to other parts of China.

So in summary, Xishuangbanna stays pleasantly warm to hot all year long, with daily average temperatures rarely dropping below 20°C (68°F) even in the coolest winter months. The tropical climate makes it a unique destination to visit or study in any season.

What does the tuition fee include?

The tuition fee includes:

  • 4/6 hours of one-on-one Chinese lessons per day Monday to Friday
  • Accommodation (A clean and safe single/double room with private bathroom)
  • Program Certificate

We also offer a list of free services for studying in Xishuangbanna:

  • Airport/train station pick-up and drop-off
  • Internet access use without limit
  • Saturday excursions
  • Laundry
  • A tour of the surroundings (bank, supermarket, post office etc.)
  • Medicine for minor illnesses
  • Advisors available to offer help
  • 24/7 support
  • Access to The Chairman’s Bao online learning platform
  • Visa application assistance
  • Room cleaning every day
Where to eat in Xishuangbanna?

Here are some good options for places to eat in Xishuangbanna:

  • Local food stalls and markets – Try authentic Dai cuisine like bamboo rice, grilled fish, and tropical fruits at the many street food stalls. Jinghong Night Market is a great option.
  • Riverside restaurants – Restaurants along the Lancang/Mekong River serve fresh seafood like fish, shrimp, and river snails. Enjoy beautiful views.
  • Menglian restaurants – The small town of Menglian is known for its spicy cuisine and barbecue. Try authentic rubber rice noodles and barbecue here.
  • Ethnic minority restaurants – Xishuangbanna is home to many ethnic groups like Dai, Hani, and Aini. Try their unique cuisines.
  • Tropical fruit gardens – Many tropical fruit gardens double as restaurants, where you can taste durian, mangosteen, rambutan, and more.
  • Western/Thai food – Jinghong and larger towns also have a variety of international restaurants serving Western fare, Thai food, and more.

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