Learn Chinese in Beijing: Social Life
All students are encouraged to make the most of their time in Beijing by participating in the guided excursions and activities offered by the Chinese Language School. These social activities enable students to get to know Beijing, the people and the surroundings.
Chinese culture has more than 5,000 years history. Mandarin House holds Chinese cultural activity every week, like Chinese Paper Cutting, Chinese Film Appreciation, How to Get a Job in China, Peking Opera, Make Huntun, Play Mahjong, Make Dumplings. The activities aim to teach students about Chinese Culture and encourage each participant to use his/ her Chinese. It is a fun way to learn Chinese.
Every month the school offers twice-weekly activities like cooking, calligraphy, martial arts and excursions to help you discover traditional and modern China.
A variety of activities are proposed each month (at additional cost).
Sample excursions :
The Great Wall of China
One of the Wonders of the World and shouldn’t be missed! There is a saying in China that you’re not complete until you’ve walked on the Great Wall. Admire the nature around the Wall and see far far away…
The Forbidden City
Right in the middle of Beijing lies the Forbidden City, the former imperial palace which was forbidden to the Chinese commoners. Site of the feature film The Last Emperor, you can see the splendors for yourself and visit the halls and pavilions inside.
Chinese Martial Arts: Tai Qi and Kung Fu
Martial Arts are a great way to exercise as well as get to know the Chinese culture. Tai Chi consists of gentle movements, which let you relax through concentration and improve your balance and flexibility. Kung Fu teaches you form, fighting, self-defense, sparring and respect.
Chinese character writing made fun with the school’s Chinese Calligraphy Class. You will learn from an experienced tutor to write with brush and Chinese ink. Get a real feel for Chinese Characters!
Culture and History Workshops
The Chinese language, it’s culture and it’s history are intrinsically entwined. A range of topics will be discussed so that you can learn more about China, and her culture. The Chinese people have a 5,000 year old history to drawn upon, so there are many stories and subjects to cover: cookery classes, history lectures and the art of playing Mahjong!
798 Art Area
The 798 Art Area in Beijing is an artistic haven for those who want to discover the local art scene.There are many art galleries to discover and a distinctive bohemian atmosphere to explore.
Farmers still make up the largest part of Chinese population. The big city is exciting and cosmopolitan, but you have to experience the countryside around the city to understand the importance of the agricultural way of life to China and the Chinese people : visit a farm, help to pick fruit and have a healthy farmer’s lunch
The Summer Palace
A Unesco World Heritage Site in the northern suburbs of Beijing, the summer retreat for Empress Cixi who spent large amount of taxes on building this palace, set on top of a fake mountain, next to a man-made lake!
Additional Activities students can enjoy include:
Tiananmen Square a place not to be missed, the square and its surroundings used to be the old city centre and holds great historical interest.
The Temple of Heaven, this is where Ming and Qing Emperors travelled to, from the Forbidden city on winter solstice to worship and offer sacrifices to heaven and to pray for good harvests. It is well worth the visit during your stay.
For those who love shopping, Wangfujing Street is Beijing’s busiest commercial area. The Liulichang market specialises in Chinese paintings, calligraphy, rare books, and arts and crafts.
There are thousands of eating places in Beijing, serving the typical Chinese cuisine. The large department stores and commercial centres almost always have food patios where you can grab a bite to eat. You will largely find a variety of such foods as Chinese cakes in the University areas where there are large numbers of student cafeterias.
For the sportier students why not try your hand at football, tennis, basketball.