Chinese Culture + Language Immersion in beautiful & rustic Yangshuo

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From the beautiful, rustic town of Yangshuo we provide a variety of Chinese courses and programs to choose from; with the possibility to start on any Monday, we offer the freedom and flexibility for you to reach your individual Chinese language goals. Our most popular program is the Comprehensive Course which teaches the fundamental aspects of Chinese language.

Alternatively, students can choose a Specialized Private Course which provides flexibility for those who wish to direct their focus on a particular area of study (for example business, art or literature). The HSK Preparation Course is designed to prepare students for all elements of the HSK exam; we pride ourselves on the fact we are one of the only Chinese schools in China to guarantee students will pass their current HSK level exam. Our small class sizes allow us to cater for individual students’ needs and our relationship with the English College means that students are constantly interacting with native Chinese speakers.

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based on 51 reviews
  • Academics 9.1
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 8.3
  • Housing 9.5
  • Safety 9.6
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Ellen
10/10

Best time ever

After studying four weeks in Beijing, I came to Yangshuo. Beijing was too expensive and the school I went to, was too focused on money. I by accident found Omeida on the Internet and I immediately liked it. After a few emails back and forth I decided to book and fly to South china. I must say after the big city you need a bit of audjusting, but the school made feel very welcome. I got a welcome pack for free, including towel, cloth hangers and all sorts of maps. In Beijing they would have made you pay a 100 euros. First impression was already very good. I had a brilliant teacher Cindy and I notice my Chinese improve quickly. I booked an all inclusive package which ment housing and food twice a day. The food in the school canteen was not bad, but sometimes you would rather eat out and that was no problem. If you cancel a day before you get your money back. Every time I had a question, whether about Chinese SIM card, school activities or anything else all the staff would help immediately. After one month (too short) I felt part of the omeida family. The difference with Beijing is that the school here focusses on your experience and making it an unforgettable one, instead of focussing on money. I would say omeida you are doing in the right way, because I love to share my experiences with others and I cannot wait to come back!

Yangshuo it self is quite touristic, however you only need 5-10 min to cycle out of the crowd and you can see beautiful landscape, small villages, rivers, karst mountains, you can climb, you can hike, you can swim, you can eat! And be very satisfied with living in South china.

How can this program be improved?
I was lucky to have an amazing language partner, we got a long as great friends, however I can imagine when you sign up for the language partner program you need some more guidance on how to set up the hour. To make sure it's an efficient hour instead of talking about the weather.
Response from Omeida Chinese Academy

Ellen! Thank you SO much for your awesome review. It means a lot to us that you had a best time ever.

Here at Omeida we have a mission that each and every student would have a super happy experience in Yangshuo; would feel comfortable and at ease and of course would improve their Chinese language skills to a very high level.

Your positive feedback means a lot to us. Thank you!

Yes, I recommend
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Dave
10/10

It was WONDERFUL time in my life

2015.02.01. I came to Omeida to improve my chinese language. And my teachers Becky and Cindy were very professional . Other Omeida staff also were excellent , very helpful (Anya, Twelve, Daisy, Wanda, Ieva, Abby, Kelly) . Yangshuo is also wonderful place, local people so friendly. When I was in OMEIDA, I really had wonderful life, enjoyed life's GOOD!
If I have some opportunities, I would be stay with OMEIDA in YANGSHUO. And I happily reccomend the OMEIDA to anyone who is like to improve their chinese level and chinese culture, enjoying Chinese life with foreign people and students.

How can this program be improved?
In Omeida almost all the students come from EU,US or AUS. And a few people from Russia. But about Central Asia just only two or three people. I would like to say, in future, let's know about OMEIDA not only EU or US, and let's know another students whose mother tongue is not English language. Because, if in Omeida have a lot of students from another country, can communicate to each other another languages and culture.

I wish, in future, Omeida's students day by day getting more!
Response from Omeida Chinese Academy

Dave, thank you so much for such a WONDERFUL review. We are so happy to hear that you had a wonderful time of your life here in Yangshuo. It means a lot to us as we always want to make our students stay as best and happy as possible.
We wish you all the best of luck and really hope to see you again in China!

Our team is sending hi and hugs to you!

Yes, I recommend
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Tyler
10/10

Wonderful Place, Wonderful People, Wonderful Program

I have attended Omeida on two separate occasions now for a combined total of nine weeks study, and both were magical experiences that fostered a rapid and dramatic improvement in Chinese.

The setting of course is beautiful and unique, as its reputation would suggest, and there is no need for me to add here to the already plentiful enconia to the natural splendor in and around Yangshuo. The school and its attendant dormitories are about a twenty to thirty minute walk from the noisier and somewhat tourist infested downtown area, and the environs are somewhat sleepy with beautiful views of the karst mountains in all directions.

The teaching and administrative staff are excellent - professional, friendly and accessible, and contribute to a warm and cheerful atmosphere.

Particularly advantageous are the small class sizes - the maximum number of students in the classroom in my time at Omeida was four, and often there were only two of us. This means that you will have many hours of actual practice and conversation daily, and in my opinion will be able to progress much more quickly than is possible in a larger classroom.

I have also been very impressed by the teachers' ability to place students in a class appropriate to their level. Since students come and go over varying periods of time, I had the opportunity to see various classmates join the classroom and leave again, and I don't know that anyone ever felt as though the had been misplaced.

Finally, I would like to mention that the group of students the school attracts seems invariably to consist of warm, kind, interesting and adventuresome people from all around the world and all walks of life. The camaraderie around school and on the various outings and activities on offer is heartwarming.

I happily recommend Omeida highly to anyone who is interested in studying Chinese in a beautiful place and surrounded by wonderful people.

How can this program be improved?
It would be wonderful if the school had some sort of 24-hour study space or lounge open after the office closes. Perhaps there is some concern that it might get trashed, but personally I trust the students to keep it clean responsibly and it would be a real asset for those of us who prefer not to study in our rooms.
Response from Omeida Chinese Academy

Tyler, thank you for your WONDERFUL and descriptive review!

I think we read your mind about the improvement of our facilities. Actually, at the moment we are expanding and renovating Omeida Chinese Academy facilities. We are building a study room/student lounge, which yes, will be open for 24 hours! Students will be able to use their student card to access the facilities whenever they want to. And the best news is that it will be finished by the beginning of May!

So, when you come to study at Omeida for your third time in the future, not only our staff, but new student lounge will be waiting for you.

See you!

Yes, I recommend
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Robert
9/10

Simply the best - for me, at least!

I can't say this is the best school of its kind in China, because I haven't been to any other. But I'll be very surprised if there is a better all-round school - especially given the added attraction of its location. I carefully checked out options around the country and it ticked all the boxes for the kind of course, environment and overall experience I was seeking. I am happy to report that it did not disappoint. I can praise and criticise various aspects, but all these would be relative only to my preferences and expectations. Others would likely have a different opinion. The best endorsement I can give Omeida is that I am going back for more.

How can this program be improved?
I hesitate to suggest changes for the sake of it. Enough to say that any worries, complaints etc that I had turned out to be temporary and easily dealt with. You're right, no program is perfect, but the Omeida staff and organisation seem to be adaptable and amenable to change. Customer comes first, and all that.
Response from Omeida Chinese Academy

Robert, thanks a lot for your review and for sharing the photos with us and others! In particular we really enjoyed to read the photo captions.

And of course, there could not be anything better for Omeida than a student who returns to study with us. It really means a lot for us! Thank you for being part of Omeida's family!

Yes, I recommend
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Clay
10/10

An excellent Chinese school in scenic Yangshuo

I took classes at Omeida for four weeks this past February, and was very impressed. The school is located on a very quiet street with housing very close by, and it is just a 10-15 minute walk from the center of the city. The teachers at Omeida were excellent; all my teachers had been teaching Mandarin for several years and were quickly able to create a teaching plan suitable for my level in which I feel I made great progress. Classes are small, as most classes have just 2-4 students.

Not only is the quality of instruction very high, but there is a real sense of community at the school. I quickly became friends with several members of the staff, and would accompany them on weekend trips to surrounding villages, hikes to the top of the TV tower, and on multiple camping excursions. They helped to make my stay in Yangshuo truly memorable. I will definitely be returning to study at Omeida sometime in the future.

Response from Omeida Chinese Academy

Clay, thank you very much for your positive review! We always really appreciate to hear feedback from our students.

We already miss you and your story telling skills!

Yes, I recommend
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Jose
10/10

The best way to study Chinese and Chinese culture

You will always have more than 1 city to choose from if you want to come and study Chinese in China. After living in a few places in China such as Shanghai and Zhejiang, I consider Yangshuo to be the best option. Yangshuo's picturesque Chinese-paint scenery and laid-back local atmosphere will keep your motivation high. When you are in the process of learning Chinese language and culture, the more motivation you get, the more persistent you become, and the more likely you'll be able to not only learn the language, but also understand the culture. In my own experience in Yangshuo, Omeida was the perfect link to master these skills!

How can this program be improved?
Omeida has cultural lessons that will get you closer to the way people from China understand the world. I believe they could add to these lessons, for example: introduction to Chinese ancient wisdom (Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism).
Response from Omeida Chinese Academy

Thanks a lot Jose for your review as well as interesting topic you suggested. Omeida will make sure to personally invite you to attend our cultural lesson of Ancient Chinese Wisdom in the near future!

Yes, I recommend
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Steven
10/10

Everything worked out as planned

I came to Omeida to improve my Mandarin language abilities and my two teachers (Abby and Zhuge) were very helpful and professional. The staff always helped too, especially Daisy, Wanda and Leva. I had a great time there and there were plenty of opportunities to practice Chinese. I would even say that there were more opportunities and activities then they advertised. Their advertisements were also accurate about their offerings on the whole, so I have nothing to really complain about. I was also very fortunate to meet someone very special here too. Anything can happen at Omeida!

How can this program be improved?
The canteen food. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either.
Response from Omeida Chinese Academy

Thank you very much Steven for your review! We are very happy to hear that you had a great time in Omeida. Everyone misses you already and hopes to see you in the near future!

And yes, magic happens here in Yangshuo :)

Yes, I recommend
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Daniel
8/10

Omeida Experience

My experience in Omeida was very nice, everyone there was so friendly and helpful, besides the normal classes there are many cultural classes which is very important to understand the Chinese culture.
Another thing I like about Omeida is that they are not so rigid with the classes schedule, I had to change my classes more than once and there was no problem, they are open to do the best for the students.
I definitely recommend Omeida if you are looking to learn Chinese and experience China, not forgetting to mention that Omeida in located in Yangshuo, just google images for Yangshuo and it will blow your mind!

How can this program be improved?
I think Omeida could have more online resources to help students, like a website with different learning tools.
Response from Omeida Chinese Academy

Yes, you are right, we try to be as flexible as possible as we want every student to be a very happy one.

Thanks a lot, Daniel, for your review and tips for on-line learning resources. We will definitely keep that in mind. All the best!!

Yes, I recommend
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Marion
9/10

So far so exellent

I've only been in Yangshuo for 1 month, but if the 5 next are as good as this one then i'm the luckiest girl on earth.
Omeida school is unbeliveable, you feel at home, you feel relax and safe. You know that they will take care of everything, they give you good tips and exellent chinese education. Studying here it's being at the same time at school and in holiday, how times in your life can you say these kind of thing ? You are exiting about going to school, you want to have a lots of homework and the longer your inside the school the better you feel.
Even if your chinese is not great it doesn't matter, there is always a way to understand people, these people are so hospitable it's impossible not to be friends with them !!!
So my advice is : if you want to have the time your life come here in yanshuo come to Omeida =-

How can this program be improved?
To force english speaker stop talking in english during class !!! Chinese only
Response from Omeida Chinese Academy

Chen Lu! Thank you very much for your review, but most importantly thank YOU for being part of Omeida family. We are so delighted to have your warm smile and energy here with us. We know that many adventures await us in the near future too! More mountains to climb, more foods to cook and etc. All the best!

Yes, I recommend
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Sven
10/10

Very Professional School

All teachers are very professional, most of my lessons are mostly more than a discussion or dialogue then like school lessons. All the teachers always are well prepared, they speak english fluently but they always tried first use chinese for teaching if possible. In the morning we used a book to learn grammar an vocabularies. The afternoon lessons we used for training listening and free speaking.

Response from Omeida Chinese Academy

Thanks for sharing your experience and recommending Omeida! All the best for continuing your studies and you are always welcome back.

Yes, I recommend
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Colin
9/10

Five Months

Having lived in China for two years previously, without ever formally learning the language, I started at Omeida with a very basic understanding of pronunciation, tones and everyday phrases. I had spent much time preparing for my time here by learning the pronunciation and basic meaning of the most common Chinese characters, which I found extremely helpful, as that is one of the most time-consuming parts of study.

I found that the first six weeks of study especially were an absolute explosion of new information that pieced together all the material I had studied by myself. My classroom instruction loosely followed the Boya Chinese textbooks, which I believe are excellent resources for my level.

Once I had learned several dozen grammatical structures and knew how to use them, my lessons became more focused on new vocabulary, new characters, and frequently used idioms that increased my understanding of casual speech. I also at this point needed to constantly review and practice writing all the new grammatical structures so I wouldn't forget them.

Since the number of students at Omeida varies greatly between summer and winter, and since students progress at different rates, there is a lot of continued rearrangement of classes to maximize each student's progress. As a result, in my time here I had five different teachers, and all were excellent. From July to December I never had more than two classmates, and in my final month I had one-on-one lessons exclusively (something you would normally pay extra for). The teachers put a lot of effort into tailoring their teaching style so that the challenge was appropriate for the student, and that we focused on the areas we had the most difficulty in.

The teachers all followed a general structure for the three classes each day. Typically, the first class was entirely conversation, while the second and third would focus on new vocabulary, grammatical structures and forming spoken sentences out of these. Homework was given daily, often a writing assignment that focused on writing a short composition, or a series of made-up sentences, that included the vocabulary and grammar of that day. The homework was checked each day and the teachers were very helpful in not only correcting our mistakes, but also suggesting alternative, more "Chinese", ways of saying our clumsily English-style sentences that, although grammatically correct, would sound a little peculiar to a native speaker (much like the "Chinglish" of the locals that often makes sense but occasionally leads to hilarious misunderstandings -- one time one of the staff referred to the Senior's University as the "Senile University" and we all had a good laugh about it).

In my time here, almost everyone I've met has been highly positive about the quality of the teachers and their Chinese progress. There were one or two students who expected to have learned more, but I'll point out that these particular students also expected that simply attending class, without any review or self-study, would be enough for success. Disclaimer: if you don't put the work in outside of class and you don't practice your speaking in your spare time, you're not going to get very far!

A quick note on the accommodations -- I found the dormitories to be very clean and comfortable. If you're not okay with using a squat toilet, worry not: they supply you with a plastic seat that fits over it, just for us Westerners. (That being said, you really should try to get used to doing it the Chinese way -- it really strengthens your quads over time.)

Anyway, bottom line: I worked pretty hard for five months and spent a lot of class time asking clarification questions, and I went from only being able to utter a few caveman-level phrases to conversing relatively proficiently with native speakers, in Chinese, for an hour or more. I got exactly what I'd hoped for, and if I choose to study Mandarin again I will certainly return to Omeida to do so.

- Colin, 28, Canada

How can this program be improved?
Many people who take three classes a day have a slight preference for morning or afternoon classes, but they're almost always pretty flexible to make it easier on the admin for various scheduling reasons. On a couple occasions there have been students who NEEDED to take classes at only one of those times, due to their own scheduling conflicts.

There was an instance where a student who was unable to make the afternoon classes found himself being scheduled in the afternoon when he arrived, because it was the only time a class at his level was available. However, this was all sorted out very quickly and professionally, and he ended up taking the morning classes that suited his availability. He didn't initially make it clear that he wouldn't be able to take classes otherwise, but I feel that that's a question admin should make a point of asking before plopping someone in a schedule they might not be able to commit to.
Response from Omeida Chinese Academy

Thanks for your review Colin, it was so great to have you at Omeida for 5 months! The progress you made in your Chinese language skills is an achievement we are all proud of. We miss you and hope to see you back here again soon!

Yes, I recommend
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Matt
9/10

Great Program (for long stays)

I recently spent two weeks at Omeida Academy in Yangshuo. Overall it was a great experience however, being a complete beginner I wouldn't recommend people engaging in the program for any less than a month unless you plan on moving to China or are about to start course work in University or elsewhere. Two weeks was really not enough time to substantially immerse yourself as a beginner. I imagine if you are experienced two weeks would be enough to help sharpen your skills or focus on a specific weakness, but without applying the skills everyday I didn't feel like it was enough time to set up a solid foundation.

Additionally, given I was only there for two weeks, it was a bit disjointed that I had two different teachers each week. Both teachers were excellent and I would rate them individually very highly, however given the different styles I had to change the way I was learning and it made it a bit more difficult. Again if I was there for longer it would not have been a problem, but for sure I short time I would have preferred some continuity.

Overall I would definitely return and recommend it to friends though.

How can this program be improved?
For short term people, it would be helpful to have a single teacher for the entirety of the program. Also a more formal induction on Mondays when starting would be appreciated. It was a bit haphazard when I came.
Response from Omeida Chinese Academy

You are right, two weeks is too short to develop a solid foundation to study Mandarin, it just gives you a taste of the language and culture. Alternatively, you can learn useful phrases for travel in this time. Taking intensive classes would allow you to learn more in a shorter period however we still recommend students study for a month or more in order to make the most progress in their Chinese studies. We hope you return in the future for a longer period of time!

Yes, I recommend
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Dr.
10/10

best chinese you can imagine

Actually, I couldn`t have imagined before how nice it is. Teaching is very much based on what you know and need and it`s very personal. Classes are small, indeed I had two weeks of face-to-face training and one week we were two students with one teacher. That makes it quite intensive.The teachers are highly competent, and remarkably friendly and helpful. Classrooms are very clean and bright and suitable. I liked the tea room for breaks, but we also played badminton or even volleyball on the street between the lessons (and afterwards). The cantine provides nice simple Chinese food and you sit together with Chinese students from the English school, so you can always try and speak a little of what you`ve learnt. One of the great advantages of the place are the learning partnerships between English and Chinese students. We met every afternoon to practice especially pronounciation. The Chinese are very friendly, open, and very patient with Chinese beginners. The staff of the school are extremely nice and helpful with whatever problem you may have. I liked the organized trips by bike or hiking, which also offer another chance to use your Chinese, and the surrounding is beautiful. Social atmosphere is very good and I felt welcome and integrated from the very first day. I wish I could have stayed much longer!

How can this program be improved?
I think it is already quite perfect because of the excellent practising opportunities and the very highly individualized teaching. The combination with the friendly supporting social atmosphere is hard to top.
Response from Omeida Chinese Academy

Thanks for your comprehensive review! It's great to have you here and we are humbled by your kind words. We hope to have you study at Omeida again in the future.

Yes, I recommend
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Jessica
10/10

My short but sweet time at Omeida/Yangshuo

If you want to learn Chinese, explore China, meet some great people, try new foods and enjoy the social side of life then Omeida is definitely the place for you.
I had some great teachers at Omeida who were effective, patient and humorous. Lessons often consisted of reading, writing and a lot of discussion. I believe my lessons were tailored to my learning style and speed which made my short week at Omeida very effective. Some lessons involved walking around outside with my teacher where I was able to practice saying my directions in Chinese. This became very useful in Taxi and scooter rides. We also walked to markets were I was able to practice food names and purchase different fruits.
My two language partners also helped me with pronunciation and enjoyed telling me about Chinese history and myths.
As a student who was studying at Omeida at a beginner level, a struggle was using Chinese websites to book flights. However, this was not a problem as there was always someone to help me. Overall, everyone was very helpful and supportive whether it was with homework, organising flights, adapting to China, anything.
During my ten days in Yangshuo, I conquered TV tower three times, sped in and around the county many times by bike, was challenged mentally and physically during two rock climbing sessions, sung my heart out at KTV, taught my Chinese friend some swimming techniques, enjoyed several very humorous nights in the town, and all of this was done with my new friends, both Chinese and foreign. Additionally, every morning I would open my curtains to see the beautiful peaks scattered throughout Yangshuo. I always enjoyed going to markets where I bought cheap, delicious and often interesting food and ate them while watching the local skills and talent. Adding to these great experiences, I was very happy to be surrounded by a group of like-minded people, all wanting to learn, make new friends and have a great time.
This trip was recommended to me by the International Marketing Manager, Sarah, who is also from New Zealand (go the Kiwis!) She told me that Yangshuo would be a great introduction to China and she was absolutely right. I highly recommend Omeida and Yangshuo.

I do however have one regret... That I didn't stay longer.

How can this program be improved?
Nothing.
Response from Omeida Chinese Academy

We are so glad you chose to come to study with us in Yangshuo before starting your university exchange in Beijing! You managed to pack a lot into just one week. We hope to see you here again before your return to New Zealand.

Yes, I recommend
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Bernarda
10/10

Omeida rocks

Very impressed with the efficiency of Omeida's staff from the moment they started helping me with the Chinese visa back home. Excellent teachers, small groups, lots of social activities. This combined with the beautiful countryside around Yangshuo and its world class rock climbing made of th seven weeks I spent her an unforgettable experience.

How can this program be improved?
Put air conditioned in the cafeteria!!!
Response from Omeida Chinese Academy

We are so glad you chose to study with us and look forward to your potential return. Enjoy your travels around Asia!

Yes, I recommend

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Omeida Chinese Academy provides quality Chinese language tuition to students from all over the world. We are located in the beautiful town of Yangshuo, China where you can experience the Chinese culture and spend your free time exploring the rivers...