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Learn Chinese in Chengde

City of Chengde


A little bit of history…
Chengde, located in the Hebei province of China, is renowned for its rich culture and history. It’s a place of natural beauty with a variety of mountains, valleys and grasslands within its borders so it’s great for those who like to be outdoors! Given its altitude of at least 1000m, its temperatures are always cooler than Beijing which is why it was a perfect location for the summer retreat of the Qing Emperors.

Potala Temple ChengdeChengde is most famous for its Mountain Resort and the Eight Outer Palaces which have been UNESCO World Heritage sites since 1994. Taking most of the 18th century to build, the Mountain Resort is a large complex of imperial gardens and palaces reflecting many architectural styles from across China.

This is a city different from many others in that it does not have lively bar streets, a subway or hoards of tourists but it has unique charm. If you are looking for total chinese language immersion, this is the place for you. A stay in Chengde will give you a chance to experience authentic chinese culture .

Chengde’s economy is growing fast and has good road and rail links to Beijing and other places such as Tianjin, Shenyang, Baotou, Ulanhot, Liaoning and Inner Mongolia meaning a stay here can involve explore many wonderful areas of this diverse country.

Chengde is the right place for your Mandarin course if you…

  • are looking for complete Chinese language immersion.
  • want to discover authentic Chinese culture and history.
  • enjoy the great outdoors.
  • don’t want to bump into other foreigners.
  • want to live on a budget.
  • love mountains and clean air.

 


 

 

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Chinese Language Programs


Individual Chinese class at LTL Mandarin School

Individual Mandarin Classes

  • 1-on-1 Chinese classes
  • Personalized study plan
  • Professional and certified Chinese teachers
  • Flexible times and dates
  • 60 minutes per class

 

The Program

Intensive Chinese course homework, student with teacherIndividual Chinese classes mean a course tailored specifically for your needs. Before the student comes to China, LTL organizes a Skype interview to understand each student’s current Chinese level, strengths and weaknesses, as well as the specific areas we should focus on. Based on this, our Director of Studies then chooses the teaching team that fit the student’s needs best, creates a personalized study program, and prepares the individual study materials relevant for the course, which might be one or several textbooks, newspapers, online texts or additional materials created for each student.

Individual Chinese classes are a great way to make sure that everything taught is relevant to what the student wants to learn. The teacher can focus exclusively on the areas that student needs to improve in. Also, if someone wants to improve in a specific area, like spoken or business Chinese, a tailored individual course might be the best choice.

 

Course options

There two individual class options to choose from are, the 20 hours per week standard individual and the 30 hours per week intensive individual program.

Individual Chinese Classes in Chengde Course Content (hrs/week)
1-on-1 Classes Starting Dates Duration
Standard Individual 20 Start any Monday of the Year from 1 to 52 weeks
Intensive Individual 30 Start any Monday of the Year from 1 to 52 weeks

 Includes:

  • 1-on-1 – 60 minutes per class at your home or a local coffee shop
  • personalized study plan

 

For more detailed information contact us

 


Multi-City Programs

students and teachers at lunch break in LTL Mandarin School BeijingCombine your study in Chengde with study in another city.

  • Combined courses in Chengde, Beijing and/or Shanghai
  • Continue the same Chinese program in different cities
  • Total immersion options in Chengde
  • Experience different parts of China, while learning Mandarin

Learn Chinese not only in Chengde, but also other Chinese cities. With a multi-city Chinese program, students have the option to study Mandarin and experience different parts of China whilst continuing on the same Chinese language program. Study in a combination of places, from international Shanghai to traditional Beijing and historic Chengde. read more


Discover Chengde

Upgrade to our Discover Chengde program. Get out of the classroom and learn Mandarin while exploring Chengde and it’s sights with your teacher.

More information for the Discover Chengde program

Experience ChinaGet out of the classroom and experience Chengde, to live, learn, and breathe Chinese. Instead of teaching you in a classroom, your teacher will take you every day to another part of the city to study Mandarin. Practice your tones in the Imperial Mountain Retreat, revise Chinese characters at the Eight Temples and use what you learned on the spot. Discover Chengde classes are not only fun and exciting, but help you to immerse yourself even further into a full Mandarin language environment and local culture.

  • You can upgrade four hours of your Chengde classes to Discover Chengde for up to two weeks.
  • We have an organized program, but if you have specific interests – let your teacher know.
  • Your teacher will pick you up at your homestay at the beginning of the class and drop you off at home when it finishes.
 


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Homestays in Chengde


Shanghai FamilyWhy homestays?

  • Be part of a Chinese family
  • Practice your studies at home
  • Eat home-cooked meals
  • Experience life in a real Chengde family
  • Learn about the city you live in from real locals
  • Watch your Chinese quickly progress

Friendly and welcoming Chinese homestays are an LTL speciality. Learn Mandarin whilst living with a Chinese family and experience full Chinese immersion. In China, most socializing happens at the dinner table and eating with your homestay family will provide valuable Chinese practice and life-long memories. Spending the weekends with your host family is a great way to gain an insight into Chinese culture and life while improving your Chinese. All of our friendly homestay families have been specially chosen and your stay can include both breakfast and dinner. In addition to improving your Mandarin skills quickly, you will also get a unique insight into daily Chinese life in Chengde and most likely make friends for life. Learn Chinese, speak Chinese, and truly Live the Language.

 

What’s included?

  • Carefully selected and matched homestays
  • Half board and full board options
  • Experience home cooked Chinese cuisine
  • Vegetarian, vegan and halal homestays available
  • Healthy and special dietary food options available

 

What our students say…

Felix Chinese HomestayMy homestay in Chengde was great for improving my Chinese because my family couldn’t speak any English at all.  The food my mum cooked was incredible! They also helped with everything, including meeting local Chengde people and getting to know the city. My homestay mother invited me to accompany her to a wedding in Chengde, it was a great experience. It allowed me to learn something about the culture, it was so different to back home in Europe. I would love to go back and see them again.

Felix, Germany


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Shared Apartments


Why live in a shared apartment?

  • FlexibleChengde Chinese Apartment & Independent
  • Complete immersion: only Chinese flatmates
  • Make friends easily
  • Private or shared bathroom
  • Full use of the kitchen
  • Affordable
  • Note: limited availability – please book early

To live in a shared apartment with Chinese flatmates means you get all the flexibility and independence you want, while still being fully immersed into a Chinese language environment. You can invite friends over for dinner, eat out whenever you want and can freely plan your schedule. Apartments are located centrally and of good local quality. Rooms come of with weekly cleaning service, WIFI and full access to the kitchen.

 

student roomWhat’s included?

  • Single room with private or shared bathroom
  • Shared with Chinese flatmates
  • Use of the kitchen
  • Shared living room with TV
  • WIFI and all bills included
  • Weekly cleaning service


Student Experience

Former LTL Mandarin School student Alexander with his Chinese flat mates in ChengdeI chose a shared apartment as it allowed me to be independent, but also spend every day around local people. I lived with a young couple, who were frank and open-minded, so we got to know each other quickly and had a good time together. I thought that apartments in Chengde may be less modern and smaller than in Beijing, but I was wrong. Their apartment was bright and clean with a big living room. I especially liked the peaceful location, with a park, small restaurants and shops just nearby.”

– Alexander Henzi, Switzerland


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Testimonials


Rob . Chengde student testimonialRob, UK

I found Chengde a nice break from the bustling city of Beijing. It was a very interesting experience as there was no chance to speak English which really helped me with my conversational Chinese. LTL organised for me to join a football team in which I would play every weekend. The team would invite me to their football club where I could practice my Mandarin while making friends. In regards to immersion, there couldn´t be a better city, with great tourist sites like the Emperor´s Summer Palace. I would recommend anyone who wants to be thrown in the deep end to really improve their language skills to come to Chengde.

 

Kirsen student in Chengde testimonialKirsten, USA

In Chengde, it’s easy to focus on studying while being saturated in Chinese culture. My homestay family was very friendly and hospitable and they brought me around town, taught me how to make dumplings, introduced me to their friends. We even spent a weekend in my host mom’s hometown. I also often hung out at the same coffee shop, and it wasn’t surprising to bump into the same local people on a regular basis. If your goal is to improve your conversational Chinese, Chengde is your place.

 

Fabian, Germany



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Prices


Prices listed below are for a sample selection of course durations of our immersion Chinese courses in Chengde for 2016 and 2017. Prices include all text books.

Prices for our individual Chinese classes in Chengde

*All of our prices are in CNY

Description 2 3 4 8 12 Extra
Weeks Weeks Weeks Weeks Weeks Week
Standard Individual 20h 1-on-1 8,885 12,115 15,346 28,108 38,769 3,231
Intensive Individual 30h 1-on-1 13,327 18,173 23,019 42,161 58,154 4,846
Individual & Culture Classes 20h 1-on-1 & 10h Culture Classes 13,327 18,173 23,019 42,161 58,154 4,846

 


Prices for homestay accommodation in Chengde

*All of our prices are in CNY

Prices in CNY Type 2 3 4 8 12 Extra
Weeks Weeks Weeks Weeks Weeks Week
Homestay
Breakfast & dinner 5,330 7,328 8,883 16,433 22,651 1,888
All meals 6,229 8,565 10,382 19,207 26,475 2,206

 

Includes:

  • Accommodation at selected Chinese host-family
  • Own bedroom
  • Meals (depending on option)
  • Vegetarian, vegan, and halal homestays available
  • Internet and utilities
  • Prices above are for Sunday arrival and Saturday departure. If you need different arrival/departure dates, this can be arranged please contact us for details.

Prices for shared apartment accommodation in Chengde

*All of our prices are in CNY

Prices 2016 in CNY 2 3 4 8 12 Extra
Weeks Weeks Weeks Weeks Weeks Week
Shared Apartment 2,370 3,400 4,327 8,243 12,364 1,030

Note: To ensure a complete immersion environment, apartments are shared with Chinese flatmates only. Only a limited number of apartments are available, so if you are interested in this option it is a good idea to book early. Contact us to check current availability.

Includes:

  • Own bedroom
  • Private bathroom
  • Shared with Chinese flatmates only
  • Shared kitchen
  • WIFI and utilities included
  • Weekly cleaning service
  • Shared living room
  • Prices above are for Sunday arrival and Saturday departure. If you need different arrival/departure dates, this can be arranged please contact us for details.

Discover Chengde is an upgrade you can add to any of your existing courses. The cost is an additional 1,000 CNY for one and 1,800 CNY for two weeks. In the case that additional transport or entrance tickets are required, you can pay for those for you and your teacher on the spot.


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Contact LTL


If you have any questions regarding our destinations, courses, accommodation or even if you just want to say hello, we are always happy to hear from you. You can contact us using the form below or if you’d prefer, email us directly on info@livethelanguage.cn. Our team will normally be in touch within 24 hrs of receiving your message, although you may have to wait a little longer at weekends.

If you need to speak to us urgently, you can always give us a call on +86 10 5100 1269  for Beijing, or +86 21 3368 0866 for Shanghai, between 8.30am and 6.30pm local Beijing/Shanghai time.

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How to Sign Up


Know everything you need to know? Ready for your Chinese adventure? You can sign up online for your language course at LTL by filling out the form on our Sign Up page

If you want to learn about the LTL sign up process, you can download our LTL Sign Up Guide for step by step information.