Learn Chinese in Xishuangbanna
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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 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 Xishuangbanna?

Xishuangbanna is a warm land and many people choose to travel here in autumn and winter to shelter from the coldness. 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 study and sightseeing at the same time.

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

How to Get to Xishuangbanna?

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

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

Taking the direct flight from Kunming to Xishuangbanna is the best travel solution. It takes about an hour of flight to get here. The Chinese-Laos Train Line is under construction currently and this project is estimated to be completed in 2022. It will only take about 3 hours to take the train from Kunming to Xishuangbanna at that time.

Places to Visit in Xishuangbanna – Wild Elephant Valley

What things to do after the Chinese classes? You may visit the 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 centre 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 time, you may want to put yourself into a natural environment to relax both your body and mind. Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden of 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, which is composed of several small botanical gardens; the east zone is a long and narrow tropical rain forest 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 immersive Chinese 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 inhabited. This place is the Jinuo village, where the Jinuo minority group lives in.

Jinuo Village is located in Jinuo Township in the 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 having a walk in a park, especially after several hours of Chinese language study 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 not only enjoy the quaint natural scenery but also appreciate the cultural landscape with distinctive ethnic characteristics.

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

Where you can go and enjoy the diverse night event after your Mandarin language learning in the day time? 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 specialities, etc. Of course, the most attractive thing for tourists here is the colourful and unique-flavoured cuisine here. Most of the cuisine here has distinctive ethnic minority characteristics, and some cuisines also combining flavours 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 Chinese in Xishuangbanna, China.

The Dai people originally came from the Baiyue group who moved all the way towards 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 – Expeirence the Theravada Buddhism

The majority of the population in Xishuangbanna believes in Theravada Buddhism introduced from Sri Lanka in the middle of the 7th century. The Buddhist temple architecture is integrated with the lives of the local residents, and it is a good place for you to experience Theravada Buddhism during your Chinese language learning time here.

There are many festivals related to Theravada Buddhism as well, such as the most famous 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 water splashing event to send the best wish of the new year.


Cuisine in Xishuangbanna – Grilled Fish with Lemongrass 香茅草烤鱼 xiāng máo cǎo kǎo yú

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

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: one is the grill that is 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 are blending together; 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 Nanmi” that Dai people stuffed inside the fish maw.


Cuisine in Xishuangbanna – Pineapple Flavoured Sticky Rice 菠萝饭 bō luó fàn

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

Pineapple Flavoured Sticky Rice is a unique delicacy of the Dai people in Yunnan’s border areas. This dish is very different from ordinary rice. The subtropical fruit pineapple is fresh and fragrant. It adds the sour and sweet taste into the rice, blending with the mellow and smooth glutinous rice. Pineapple is rich in vitamin so this dish Pineapple Flavoured Sticky Rice is also rich in nutrients.


Cuisine in Xishuangbanna – Pickled Fruits腌水果 yān shuǐ guǒ

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

Located in the subtropical zone, benefited from the monsoon climate, Xishuangbanna is a real fruit kingdom. In Xishuangbanna, in addition to making juice, 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 chilli powders, vinegar, and soy sauce. The fresh and sweet taste of the fruit is mixed with the spicy flavour, 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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Richard | UK

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

This is my second time coming. Last year, I also came for about 12 weeks. This time I came for 13 weeks. The reason why I particularly want to come to this school was because of the one-on-one classes. I was able to increase my level and learn more quickly than group classes. If I have a chance again to come next year, I certainly will.

Mike | オーストラリア

Small Group Chinese Class

I think Kunming is a great city, the weather is really good. I really like Keats school and found it is very organized. The teachers here are very good. They have a coffee shop and new classrooms, new lunge area here now, so you can chill out with your friends and practice your spoken Chinese with native. If you’re considering to come to Keats to study, I would really recommend it. It’s a great idea and I think it will be a great experience for you.


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Matteo | Italy

Small Group Chinese Class

I really enjoy studying Chinese at Keats in Kunming. The teachers are great and my classmates are awesome. It is an unforgettable experience for me. I also got the chance to travel to other places in Yunnan. Those places are amazing and you definitely need to visit these place when you study at Keats.

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David | Australia

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

It has been notable because I have met a lot of people who I met first time last year like me to come back to Keats this year. The teaching has been fantastic. The teachers carefully prepare each lesson. I think this one-on-one approach is really a great way perhaps any way to rapidly increase your level of Chinese and increase your confidence and fluency with the language.

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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.

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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 on traveling. You can just focus on learning Chinese.

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Robert | Netherlands

Small Group Chinese Class

Since last semester, we started studying Chinese at Keats. It was the best choice we can ever make. It is a really good school. The classes are a lot of fun, you learn a lot, but very interactive, so you talk a lot which means it is not just books and writing. Kunming is a really pleasant city to live, especially if you compare it to other cities in the east. If you like to travel, if you like to study Chinese in a fun way, Keats is the place for you.

Nicholas | Canada

Intensive One on One Chinese Classes

At Keats, I have a lot of opportunities to practice what I have learned. I really like this school, because I can learn Chinese in one-on-one style, so I think this is the best way and my teacher is the best teacher. I feel that without my teacher, my Chinese will definitely not improve so much. I’m very happy because at Keats, I have improved my Chinese significantly.

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