Study your very own Chinese course in China with the LTL School Multi city Program. Learn Chinese abroad with LTL and enjoy all China has to offer from exploring the streets and markets through to the language itself. China has something for everyone and you will see it all in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengde whilst learning Chinese everyday with our expert teachers.

Enjoy the huge International centre that is Shanghai in comparison to Beijing which offers a host of culture and history everywhere you look.

Shanghai - Study Chinese with LTL Mandarin School

  • Discover the diversity of China
  • Beijing, Shanghai and Chengde
  • Speak no English in Chengde
  • Three different programs
  • Join for up to a whole year
  • Join the LTL community

Chengde is the polar opposite to the aforementioned two, a city much smaller in stature and size but boasting incredible scenery and history, you will find you are learning Chinese at every minute of the day in Chengde. You can enjoy a number of Mandarin courses in China put together by LTL to help fast track your Chinese progress so you get the most out of your time in China.

Travel China and Learn Chinese


A name synonymous with the history of China. Beijing has it all from the flashy, bright evening lights where foreigners converge at night, to the most famous landmarks of all including the Great Wall and Summer Palace. Beijing is a beautiful and a wonderful place to study abroad. Our centre is right at the heart of the Central Business District (CBD) with numerous options for food, a gym and it is ideally located to the nearest Metro stop, Da Wang Lu.


If you want full immersion look no further than Chengde. This is a City small in size (in China terms), yet still boasts a population of around half a million. Chengde is located roughly three hours north of Beijing by train and foreign contact there will be zero. It is also a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will spend time with your Chinese family and Chinese teachers where you will absorb the Mandarin language all day. Needless to say you won’t be speaking anything but Mandarin!


Shanghai is China’s International hub. A city with limitless possibilities. You will meet people from all four corners of the world here each with their own story to tell. You will experience divine Chinese cuisine and incredible bright lights at night. Despite it’s modern day metropolis feel, Shanghai still boasts a wealth of Chinese culture and history that you can experience. The city is huge but easily accessible using the extensive Shanghai metro. This is a city you should not miss out on.

Multi City Program Options

Metropolitan China (Beijing - Shanghai)

Experience China’s two biggest and most famous cities whilst studying your Chinese course in China. Beijing and Shanghai provide incredible contrasts which must be seen to be believed. Beijing, the capital shows off it’s epic history in many formats and the Great Wall of China is the pinnacle for many visitors to this great City. Despite being so popular there are still many wild, untouched areas of the wall and our students enjoy these areas in epic hikes.

Shanghai, although having its own cultured past to shout about, is fast growing and the business hub of the nation. Shanghai’s size and population, although daunting on paper, is something that will keep you busy for as long as you could possible imagine. It even boasts its own brand new Disney Land, such is the speed of development in Shanghai. Combine this with Beijing and you have an exciting Mandarin program in China to get stuck into.

The Metropolitan Program has three different packages:

Metropolitan China Standard

Metropolitan China Intensive

Metropolitan China Individual

Metropolitan China Price (CNY)

Duration Disc Standard Intensive Individual
4 weeks 0% 10,327  17,996 17,996
6 weeks -20% 13,681  24,700 24,700
8 weeks -27% 16,712 30,758 30,758
10 weeks -32% 19,420 36,169 36,169
12 weeks -36%  22,047  41,419 41,419
14 weeks -37% 25,279 47,881 47,881
16 weeks -38%  28,512 54,342 54,342
18-52 wks -43% 3,231/2wks  6,462/wks 6,462/2wks

Our three Multi City Chinese programs are extensive in coverage and will get your Chinese ahead fast. Our Standard Multi City package includes 20 hours of Chinese study a week. That breaks down to four hours of Chinese classes per day, Monday to Friday. You will also be able to enjoy a one hour lunch break where you can even join our daily lunch club.

The Intensive Multi City Chinese program includes the same as the Standard program plus an additional two hours of classes per day, making 30 hours per week. Your extra two hours are individually tutored which will enhance your Chinese rapidly and you will learn Chinese at a quicker rate. These classes generally take place around 3-3.30pm and finish about 5-5.30pm. You will find the extra two hours of individual class are ideal if you want rapid progression whilst still enjoying group classes.

If you wish to study abroad individually then our Individual Multi City Mandarin program is exactly what you are after. 20 hours of classes every week with just you and your teacher. This is ideal if you want all the focus on you and a tailored program to suit your needs. We can guarantee quick progression and enjoyable classes with our first rate teachers.

Anything Else?

Here’s a list of useful points that we often get asked about. Hopefully these help. If you need further assistance, check out our FAQ section below, or contact us either via live chat below or by email above.

  • All the above programs include Airport Pickup and transport between cities
  • All Metropolitan Programs include a Survival Kit
    • Survival Kits include Mobile SIM card, help with police registration, help with setting up a bank account, bicycle usage, public transport cards with money on, local maps and the assistance of the LTL Support team.
  • Course duration is completely up to you, chat to us for further details. Minimum booking period of 4 weeks, maximum of 52 weeks.
  • Accommodation – we have a number of accommodation options. Visit our Shanghai Accommodation page to find out more about Shanghai, and out Beijing Accommodation page for Beijing.
3 City Combo (Shanghai - Beijing - Chengde)

Don’t just experience Beijing and Shanghai but the jewel in our China Immersion crown, Chengde. By now we all know what Beijing and Shanghai have to offer you but Chengde is where your Mandarin language skills will really rocket sky high.

In Chengde you will experience zero foreign contact and you will learn so much about Chinese culture. You will not meet, see of interact with other foreigners during your entire stay in Chengde. Your time will be spent with your Chinese Homestay Family and your Chinese Teacher, but throw in any new local friends you meet and you will, quite literally, be Living The Language (LTL).

Chengde is a unique experience and it shouldn’t be confused with the popular and much bigger Chengdu. Chengde is based north of Beijing by roughly 3 hours travelling by train. 2018 sees the inclusion of the Fast High Speed Train to Chengde which will significantly shorten that journey.

Let’s introduce you to our Three City Combo programs

Three City Standard

Three City Intensive

Three City Individual

Three City Prices (CNY)

Duration Disc. Standard Intensive Individual
6 weeks 0% 17,650 28,675 25,000
9 weeks -11% 23,546 38,993 33,844
12 weeks -18% 28,796 48,181 41,719
15 weeks -20% 35,258 59,488 51,411
18 weeks -21% 41,719 70,796 61,104
21 weeks -22% 48,181 82,104 70,796
24-51 wks -27% 6,462/3wks 11,308/3wks 9,692/3wks

Anything Else?

Here are some additional pointers which you will also find handy. Don’t forget to check out our FAQ section below, or contact us either via live chat below or by email above. 

  • All programs above include Airport Pickup and transport between cities
  • All Multi City Programs include a Survival Kit
    • Survival Kits include Mobile SIM card, help with police registration, help with setting up a bank account, bicycle usage, public transport cards with money on, local maps and the assistance of the LTL Support team.
  • Course duration – this is completely up to you. You can chat to us for further details. The minimum booking period is 4 weeks, the maximum is 52 weeks.
  • Accommodation – we have some accommodation options that will be of interest. Visit our Shanghai Accommodation page to find out more details.
Chinese Immersion Program (Beijing - Chengde)

Chinese Immersion is an LTL specialty and we can promise you a great experience where your Chinese level will increase hugely. Whether you are taking a gap year just before university or you are on sabbatical from work, this is a incredible chance to try something out of the ordinary.

You will spend your time in two completely different locations but two that boast huge history, heritage and stacks of Chinese culture. Beijing, the capital will provide you with the fast paced, hustle and bustle of one of the worlds biggest and most exciting cities.

Moving on to Chengde will be a completely new challenge where you will be thrust into an environment without a foreigner in site.

There is plenty to cover here so we have a whole new section for it.

Learn more about Chinese Immersion Program

Callie and her friend in Shanghai

What our students say

Anthea Testimony for LTL

"I decided to sign up with LTL for the multi city gap year program. All in all, I had a great experience at all three places and already I have decided I will go back to LTL Beijing for 4 months!"

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Anthea Testimony for LTL

I had LTL recommended by my relative Felix who studied in Beijing some time ago. I also looked LTL up on various agency websites and the reviews and comments all seemed good. In the end I spoke with my friend Felix’ parents and decided to sign up with LTL for the multi city gap year program, Beijing, Chengde and Shanghai.


I first went to Beijing. When I first arrived at the airport there was some confusion as I didn’t realize it was in fact my homestay father who picked me up at the airport. But my stay in Beijing was good, and I learnt to appreciate the Northern dialects. And I made a lot of friends at LTL, the social life was really good.

Chengde was fine albeit challenging as you are really forced to use whatever Chinese you have! It’s a great place to improve your Chinese level. It’s a much smaller city there is less going on, but there were also various events and trips organized. I also took snowboarding classes on my own.

Making new friends in Shanghai

Making new friends in Shanghai

Third was Shanghai, and Shanghai almost felt like a western city after Beijing, and especially Chengde. There was a lot going on, and the location of the school meant it was all within easy reach. Homestay in Shanghai was good as they quickly accepted me as part of the family. They did have a slight Shanghai accent though.

The classes in Shanghai were good. I had three different teachers in total. My teachers were a nice mix of structured, by the book learning, and more easy going conversations with some modern slang here and there to better understand how people actually talk.

All in all, I had a great experience at all three places and already I have decided I will go back to LTL Beijing for 4 months!


Frequently Asked Questions

Is it easy to travel between cities?

Yes, transport in China is fast, efficient and easily accessible. Shanghai and Beijing takes a little over 4 hours on the fast train and Beijing to Chengde will also have its own High Speed version in 2018. For now, the standard train still only takes roughly 3 hours. Despite it’s size it’s generally safe and simple to travel around in China.

What are your schools like in the 3 cities?

Our first school was opened in Beijing and the environment is comfortable, friendly and relaxed. The same goes for Shanghai despite being a slightly smaller school. Both are located near Metro Stops (Dawanglu for Beijing, South Shannxi Lu for Shanghai) and can boast a large number of food and drink options nearby. Chengde on the other hand is a world apart. You will study Chinese with your homestay or a local coffee shop minimizing all contact with foreigners.

Is Chengde for me? It sounds very different to the West?

It is very different and you must be aware if you partake in our Mandarin program in Chengde you genuinely won’t be using any of your first language. This will be a 100% Mandarin spoken trip. Your contact with foreigners will be zero and you will learn Mandarin in China 24/7. The experience, on the other hand, will be a memorable one and our students leaving Chengde can boast much improved Chinese and friends for life in the city. It’s one of our most exciting and adventurous Chinese courses in China.

Ultimately, if this is something you are uncomfortable with then this isn’t then Chengde isn’t the city for you. You should consider Beijing or Shanghai instead.

Can beginners take part?

Yes you can. Around half of LTL School students are beginners with zero Chinese to their name. Beginner courses start on various Monday’s through the year. Visit our Beijing Chinese Courses page for Beijing dates and our Shanghai Mandarin Courses page for our Shanghai dates.

What about living costs in the three cities?

Shanghai and Beijing will obviously cost more than living in Chengde but the cost of the former actually isn’t too bad compared to many big worldwide cities. Lunch would cost you around 3USD generally, a beer 2USD and a taxi for a few kilometers no more than 3USD. Bar rent, the cost of living in Beijing and Shanghai isn’t as bad as you’d expect. There are places where you can splash out a bit more but if you want to keep the purse strings tight, you can do just that.

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