Trip Details

The Chinese language training on this course is offered at either beginner, intermediate or advanced levels – with each program taught by trained professionals who have studied TCFL (Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language).

The teachers on this program use approved methods and they offer flexible modules so that you can apply your new-found language skills in practical, everyday situations according to your specific needs – including in leisure, business or work environments.

The courses on this program covers both spoken and written Mandarin; the classes are run in small groups or, in particular at the advanced level, on a one-to-one tutorial basis so that the lessons can be tailored to your specific needs. Following the initial language learning at the Fengyan Centre, Skype learning can be arranged so that your lessons can continue remotely for those who wish to travel the country.

Our Courses:
Taster programmes:
The taster programmes are included in our Chinese Cultural Immersion week; this week is a starting point for those people who are on their first visit to China, or for those with very little Chinese language knowledge.

This programme covers the basics and will introduce you to the language you will need to complete simple activities, like shopping, or ordering food in a restaurant.

Beginner level classes
These beginner level classes focus on everyday phrases and conservations that will help tourists get by whilst they travel in China. These classes will enable tourists to tour the country and get the most out of their visit. Whether it’s simply greeting and meeting people, buying local goods, or bargaining for a good price, this beginner’s class is a valuable experience.

The beginner’s class can also help those people who will be teaching English in China, enabling them to use classroom phrases that every teacher is likely to need – phrases like: ‘please be quiet’, ‘show me your exercise book’, ‘repeat after me’.

Our tutors will also accompany you on various visits where you will be able to practice your skills. For beginners, one week can be good enough to learn a fair few phrases, but four weeks are recommended. To facilitate these longer periods of time, Skype tutorials can be arranged so that your tutor can provide lessons as you travel further afield in the country.

Intermediate and Advanced Level
The intermediate and advanced level courses are available for those who have already attained some proficiency in the Chinese language. The lessons will include written and spoken Chinese, making use of both pinyin and Chinese characters.

These courses are designed to help students build fluency in both their spoken conversations, and in their written Chinese. The intermediate and advanced classes are likely to appeal to students who want to take their Chinese-language learning further, whether that is to supplement what they have already learnt, or to allow them time to apply their skills in a supported ‘cultural immersion’ context.

For intermediate and advanced level Chinese language options, three to six months is recommended. As above, to facilitate learning whilst the student travels, Skype tutorials can be arranged after the first week.

The aim of this program is improve student’s spoken and written Chinese, whether they start completely fresh, or build upon their existing skills.

Trip Itinerary

The exact schedule of the Chinese Language program will change depending on student’s needs and requirements.

Typically after the ‘taster’ sessions that take place in the Cultural Immersion Week, there will be four hours of formal Chinese language classes per day for five days a week. There will also be homework provided so that you can practice the language in ‘real life’ situations.

Weekends are free for you to enjoy the local area, visit landmarks or just relax in your accommodation. The actual study plan will be tailored to your level, and students will be in groups that depend on their ability. All training and classes will include speaking, listening, reading, vocabulary and some written Chinese too.

You will also have the chance to use your Chinese in daily situations as you travel around, both at night or at the local Chinese Language Corner.

Trip Accommodation

Guilin is a province in southern China known for its dramatic landscape of limestone karst. In the majestic shadow of its mountains, on the edge of an authentic, rustic village lies our centre – a 260 year old building from the Qing dynasty. Its surroundings invite walking and hiking and offer a stunning view of the hills, as well as of locals farmers hard at work!

Accommodation & Food
This accommodation has western style toilets, a bar with a variety of drinks, snacks, and food all set in a unique Chinese atmosphere.

Available Room Types

  • Standard Room 2-8 people per room
  • Private rooms available on request
  • WIFI in public areas

Food Arrangements
We have our in-house chef busy making food everyday for you! Expect typical Chinese food with rice and noodles in Chinese dishes styles. Vegetarian food is also available upon request. Water,Tea and coffee are available throughout the day.

Support
We have fully trained Chinese coordinators at our centre. They are bilingual (Chinese – including local dialect, and English). They too live as part of the family at the Centre and are there to run scheduled activities whilst also assisting those who want explore the area or undertake self-organised activities. They are there 24/7 to deal with any problems participants may have.

Shops
There is a small local shop which sells snacks on site, but to reach ATMs and bigger shops, it is a 30 minute bus journey into town.

Transportation
Our Centre is about 4 kilometres away from Lian Hua town. It is easy to catch a bus into town during the day – or to cycle. Gongcheng is the largest town nearby and is about 20 kilometers away. Once again there are frequent buses or shared taxis. Frequent buses also go from there to Yangshuo, 42 kilometres away.

Money
There are days where you will not have many opportunities to spend your money but food, drinks and snacks can all be purchased cheaply. Around 100 Yuan a week should be more than enough. You will however need much more if you are looking at ‘extras’, such as self-organised trips during the week (e.g. to the street barbecues in Gongcheng). Take note that the nearest ATM that accepts international bank or credit cards is half an hour away by car so if you have such plans, you should get cash out at the airport upon your arrival, or in Yangshuo while you are there.

Sights & Surroundings
There are so many wonderful sights and places to visit in this area. A guide book can tell you everything you could want to know, but here are a few ideas we recommend:

The Li River
This river spans 80km from Guilin to Yangshuo and is decorated with rolling hills, unique cliffs, caves and comfortable boats and should not be missed. Especially popular among Chinese tourists is a spot close to Yangshuo that is portrayed on the 20 Yuan bill.

Yangshuo
A picturesque city famous for its surrounding hills, rivers and bar streets. Lots of activities offered including rafting, biking, rock climbing, a stunning light show on Li River and much more. Make sure to spend at least one of your weekends here.

Seven Star Park
Famed for its rock formations, the park includes many different attractions including the Flower Bridge, Seven-Star Cave, Camel Hill and even a zoo!

Trip Country Info

China

Capital: Beijing
Language: Standard Chinese
Currency: Renminbi (Yuan) (CNY)
Time zone: CST (UTC +8)

China covers approximately 9.6 million square kilometers making it the 2nd largest country by land area. It is not only the country with the largest population in the world but it is also one of the largest economies laying claim to being the world’s largest exporter and 2nd largest importer of goods.

It is a country of incredible cultural history boasting one of the earliest ancient civilisations dating back to around 2800 BC. Its landscape is equally rich in diversity, ranging from its forest steppes, its deserts in the north and subtropical forests in the south to its 14,500km long stretch of Pacific Ocean coastline. All of this makes China an incredible and exciting place to be, both in what it has to offer today and the story of its past.

China has solidified itself as a contender for global recognition and as a tourist hotspot.  We have a number of  travel experiences in China from volunteering & gap year travel  to Tours and Paid Teaching.

With an assortment of climates and social structures, it is near impossible to experience all of China in a gap year trip. You can invest yourself and discover a whole new culture and still miss out on a dozen other cultures within arm’s reach while travelling in China, and these programs are dedicated to helping you help others while experiencing the different wonders of the country. Combine adventuring through nature with helping those less fortunate, and you have got yourself a stellar journey ahead of you. If you are looking for a gap year holiday in China, conservation work, an exciting road trip in China,  volunteer work with Pandas, teaching or other work & travel in China have a look at our latest experiences below or contact us for more information.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa