Chinese Summer Camp in Beijing & Shanghai

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Between the months of June and August your Kids and Teens ( 7- 17 ) can join us at our Shanghai or Beijing campuses for some Chinese language learning.

3000 STUDENTS EVERY YEAR
That′s Mandarin is the #1 choice for Chinese learners, with more joining us annually.

12 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
A reputable and trusted school for guaranteed success since our establishment in 2005.

As well as our professional Chinese classes, our students will get the chance to explore their chosen city and develop a good understanding of Chinese culture through our exciting excursions and activities. The Shanghai & Beijing summer camp courses comes in a variety of packages to suit the needs of both children and their parents, including; full-time camp, day camp and morning camp.

We guarantee you will see a huge improvement in your child's Chinese after their camp experience! Full campers get accommodation included, visit our site for all the details!

Highlights
  • SAFE - We focus on our campers’ safety and in providing a safe environment to all students.
  • PROFESSIONAL - With 9 years of experience, we keep on improving our camp content and management.
  • FUN FUN FUN! - We make it fun for kids while they’re learning a challenging language like Mandarin.

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The price is from RMB 3000 for a week, which focuses on intensive Chinese classes. For more activities and field trips, the price might be up to RMB 5500 per week, but please believe us that every penny is worthwhile. Safety is first and students get the chance to meet students all over the world, try Chinese style calligraphy, paper-cutting, and experience the authentic Chinese life here. The...
It is there - we tracked it with I phone apps and compared with other cities . But... we moved around in 100 f heat in June and were just fine. Our daughter with mild asthma was fine. For three weeks. We are both MDs and were scare to death before trip. But it was just fine. PS do not drink water from faucet.

Reviews

94%
based on 70 reviews
  • Academics 9
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 9.2
  • Safety 9.6
  • Program Selection 9.8
  • Pre-departure Help 9.8
  • In-program Support 9.5
  • Impact on Student 9.5
  • Value 9.3
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Peta
9/10

Had great fun for my kid and big progress for my mandarin

My two children and I took classes for 2 weeks, my kids join in the day camp program, and I had paticeptant in the intensive small group class with other students at That's Mandarin Beijing. The children enjoyed the holiday camp outings around the city and the language classes, I have seen their interest and confidence in mandarin group during this time. It also helps to be walking around Beijing taking in the local context.

For my class, at the beginner with complete beginner, since I have stayed in Taiwan for 6 years before, I just needed a refresh class, then I have all my knowledge back, and after first day, we found out the class does not work for all of us, but the teachers and staff at the school are very flexible to adjust our request, and split us in the right class. I appreciated on this.
We look forward to returning in the future.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Alexander
10/10

My time at That's Mandarin

At first I wasn’t too sure about #That’sMandarinSummerCamp. I had been to many camps like this before, and they never worked. That’s Mandarin has exceeded my expectations. This Camp is one of the easiest ways to learn the Chinese language while still feeling like you are just on vacation. I would definitely recommend the schools in Shanghai or Beijing.The staff is highly knowledgeable, kind, and experienced. They will ensure that your child will, within the year, know enough Chinese to speak to locals and understand what they say. I will always remember how when I first arrived I knew practically nothing. The next week I had the ability to order food, take a taxi, ask locals for directions. However, the one thing I had always feared was the Chinese characters. That’s Mandarin makes the process fun and easy to remember by using simple yet engaging games that make you just want to keep learning. I will always remember how nice the staff was, how easy it was to learn, and how I befriended many students, who always had a passion for learning and were an amazing influence and were incredible motivators, from around the world. I would definitely recommend this camp and I’m sure that your child will have an amazing experience.

How can this program be improved?
more people
Yes, I recommend this program
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Ila
8/10

Class only camp

Thsi program has helped me improve both my character writing and my Chinese speaking and I now feel more comfortable speaking everyday Chinese. When I was at my own school, I did not learn much, and only two twice times per week lesson, does not really help me to speak the daily life mandariin. But after three weeks here, I feel I learnt a lot, and I can even talk with the taxi driver, as everyday I take the taxi home by myself. In my classroom, other students stay at the school, and because of this, they know each other more. Maybe next time I can also choose this one.

How can this program be improved?
This program could have more resources for revision and knowing what the outcome of the entirety of the course is
Yes, I recommend this program
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Luke
9/10

Home stay camp

The classes are very good to learn Chinese, we speak a lot and at our level. We were 4 to 7 in my class and the teacher are very nice. the excursions are really interesting and funny.
the down side was my homestay, it is a bit far from the school, around 1 hour from the school with the underground. I also think we could have more write class.
I will recommend this school, but the next time I will live in the school.

How can this program be improved?
Sometimes it was a little bit boring, but the most important point is to change my family
Yes, I recommend this program
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Anna
9/10

homestay immersion

I did the homestay immersion program with That's Mandarin during two weeks. I had classes on both morning and afternoon, and did activities in the Week-end. The lessons are very interesting, because the teachers are amazing and we are not many by classes. We learn a lot of vocabulary, and do fun activities during the classes.
My chinese level has improved a lot.
The only negative thing I can say about the camp was that it took me an one hour everyday by subway to go to school in the morning, as I was living in a homestay. Other than that, the chinese family I lived with for two weeks was very welcoming. If I would come back I would choose to stay at the school.
I really enjoyed the summer camp and an thinking about comming back next year.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Eve
9/10

Full Camp Program

When i first got to Beijing, I was exhausted, hungry and stresed out. I was affraid that I would be stuck in a class of children younger than me with far more skills in chinese than I could claim to have. My first impression was a good one; the person who came to pick me up (Holly) was nice and made me feel welcome. SHe taught me some random words in chinese and we talked a little about chinese culture and our families. By the time we got to the actual school, I felt much better. The program itself is pretty good. I'll give you a breakown:

I gave the program a total of 8 out of ten.
FOOD: Very good. I loved everything we ate and we always had something different. We got to pick our lunches (with some western options for the less adventurous) and dinner was always at a local restaurant. All in all I give this part a 10.
LOCATION/LODGING: The school doesn't look like much from the outside but inside the classes are modern and sleek. THe classes I saw could hold no more than four or five students plus the techer, which is rather a good thing since it means you aren't stuck in a class with thirty other kids. The rooms are small but well furnished and comfortable. I give this an 8.
CLASSES content wise): Good classes, I learned a lot during my short stay of two weeks. We learned about practical things that we could then apply in our day to day conversations with the teachers. My classes were always fun thanks to the lively students I was with and the fact that our teacher always had a good laugh alongside us. I give this a 10.
OVERALL: Great program. One thing I would caution you about is ath supplies. Bring a towel or the money to buy it (I didn't :( ). I would recommend this to kids who want tohave fun, learn chinese and interact daily with the chinese culture.

How can this program be improved?
Get better T-shirts and backpacks. THe backpack's yellow coloring bleeds into the shirt and the shirt ends up looking yellowish. It's not pleasant to walk around knowing you look like you haven't washed it in a week.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Evelyn
10/10

Day Camp Classes Only

This program is great because the student to teacher ratio is low so you can get a lot of one on one time. I take Chinese in school so this was very helpful to get ahead. I only did the classes, but from what I've heard, the cultural activities are really great. In only four weeks I've improved a lot thanks to the unique teaching style at That's Mandarin. I had a really great time with my classmates and teacher and made friends from all around the world. That's Mandarin really brings kids from everywhere together and I really like that.

How can this program be improved?
I don't know what to suggest to make this program better. Maybe more hands-on stuff like workbooks but I'm unsure.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Erna
8/10

full teen immersion

She went to Great Wall and the silk market and this is a good experience for her. This is thge first time she came to Beijing. She learnt to be independent .She did her laundry herself. She stayed in the dormitory herself. She learnt to adapt in this environment. It is a good challenge for her. The environment in this center is good , neat and clean. The teachers are good. I hope she could explore more Beijing or chinese culture here such as talking to the residence here, interacting with the local here. She will learn even faster.

How can this program be improved?
hope to be easier access in payment method
Yes, I recommend this program
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Axel Jack
10/10

Fantastic Winter Camp

I had a great time at the december 2017 winter day camp in Shanghai with That's Mandarin. I like the small class sizes and teachers are focused in the classes in the morning and the afternoon which makes the learning here fun and helpful. The teachers are quite nice, young and energetic. The learning environment is super modern which is so cool. I would love to come back next year and join the summer camp with them.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Chloe
10/10

Summer Camp

During the two weeks I spent at this camp, I had a lot of new and different experiences. During the mornings, we did different activities every day, and it also gave me a chance to get to know the other participants at this camp. I had the chance to make a lot of new friends, all from different countries. we all had lots of fun when we went on the field trips as we learnt more about the Chinese culture and language. During the actual lessons, I feel like I really expanded my knowledge of Mandarin a lot more. Because this was my first year learning Mandarin, I wasn't really able to hold a good conversation, but now I think that I've improved enough that I can. I found the classes at this camp useful, as they were taught in a different format than what I was used to, which I found both beneficial and interesting. The teachers at the camp were all very nice, and kept encouraging us to learn and ask questions.

No, I don't recommend this program
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Martina
10/10

Summer Camp In That's Mandarin

During the two weeks I spent at this camp, I had a lot of new and different experiences. During the mornings, we did different activities every day, and it also gave me a chance to get to know the other participants at this camp. I had the chance to make a lot of new friends, all from different countries. we all had lots of fun when we went on the field trips as we learnt more about the Chinese culture and language. During the actual lessons, I feel like I really expanded my knowledge of Mandarin a lot more. Because this was my first year learning Mandarin, I wasn't really able to hold a good conversation, but now I think that I've improved enough that I can. I found the classes at this camp useful, as they were taught in a different format than what I was used to, which I found both beneficial and interesting. The teachers at the camp were all very nice, and kept encouraging us to learn and ask questions.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Roberto
10/10

Great summer camp at That's Mandarin

Hello, my name is Rob and I attended That’s Mandarin 2 Week Full Camp. Before this camp I took Chinese for two years when I was living in Singapore. That’s Mandarin was one of my favorite camp that I have been too. The environment was amazing! All the teachers are nice and I would always look forward for the next day’s plan. Even though we would have fun by playing games or watching a movie we would always learn something out of it. For example, we watched a short film were a dinosaur was trying to get a cookie jar. During the short the teacher would pause it and make us make sentences about the story.

Even if you just started Chinese, it would be pretty easy to learn if you go to That’s Mandarin. By the end of my two weeks I could ask for the price and have a small friendly conversation with locals. I feel that this camp has made me feel better when talking Chinese and made me more confident. We also did some great activities outside to practice my Chinese. We would have to take a photo of the item and ask someone how much it costs.

Some of the other activities were to go to a Musem and even The Great Wall of China. All of the experiences made me understand more of the Chinese culture. One of my faveriote expreriences was when I climed the Great Wall of China. Our class climed until our legs couldn’t work (6 Hours). Even though musems are boring the ones that they brought me to where amazing!

An optional experience is to live in a apartment with other students. I would say this is a better option than being with you parents or whoever he/she is going to come with. I say this for many reasons, one of the main reason is that you always have a person that knows chinese. They would bring us out to local markets and very local resturants. This gives your child/teen to experience the local life of Beijing. Yes you could always go to the markets or resturants but there is something about being with a chinese speaking teacher wich makes it feel like you are more local to Beijing.

This is such a great school if you want your child/teen to learn chinese!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Bob
10/10

Family summer program

We are visiting Beijing for 2 weeks with our 3 kids aged 13, 11 and 9. We are coming from California. We searched online for summer camps to learn Mandarin. Many people in America and China ask us “Why?” and the answer is: a) we wanted an adventure together as a family, and b) we believe Mandarin is the most important language for our kids to learn at school, so we wanted an introduction to the language so that our kids are not afraid to continue learning.

- Location: great, we are staying in an apartment nearby, and we like being in a normal neighborhood to experience normal Chinese life.

-Teachers: laoshi hen fei cheng hao! Really excellent. We have been very impressed with the quality of the teaching. We like the conversational style, the content is very relevant to our activities in Beijing - eating, travel, shopping, meeting people. We have really enjoyed getting to know Chu and Cai and hope to stay in touch on WeChat. The kids are happy, they enjoy learning Mandarin words and all their teachers look very kind and patient. Ruby (9) struggled a bit with the homework - she is okay with speaking and listening but the written symbols and pinyin was harder than she was expecting.

-Safety: all good.

-Food: the kids liked the pizza of course, and trying some Chinese foods.

-Activities: the kids liked the trips to the Heaven Temple and Science Museum. The late change from the Zoo to the Silk Market was a surprise - if we knew the kids were going to the market we could have spent some time with them before teaching them how to barter / get a good price!

We had already been to the Silk Market and the Water Cube last week on our own, it would have been useful to know the school itinerary in advance so we would not need to go twice! We think they would prefer the Zoo to the Water Cube. Support from Holly was fantastic!

We took classes so we could share the experience with the kids. And we can help each other. And language is a fantastic way to understand Chinese people and Chinese culture.

How can this program be improved?
Knowing the activity itinerary in advance would be better. It doesn’t matter about the rain. We believe the kids would enjoy the Zoo in the rain more than an indoor activity
Yes, I recommend this program
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Luka
10/10

a cool camp for summer

I like learning Chinese characters and words and I like going to field trips. My favorite place is going to the Museum because I can visit and know the culture behind it. It’s so cool. And I like summer camp T shirt and their schoolbag. Yeah, and learning Chinese makes me happy. The morning activities are also very fun. Besides learning Chinese, I also learned working in a group. It’s a cool camp for summer.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Marta
9/10

family camp

Nivira
Morning excursions are very fun, but I think kids should be using more the Mandarin instead of English. I know that this is very difficult to master.
I think 2 hours of class per day is not enough, I would introduce more classes, writing, listening, etc..
As for the teacher, she learnt more the first week than the second, maybe cause the group she was in was more advanced
In general she was very happy about the teacher.
It was very kind of you to give them the final day presents and the certificate...

Marta
Teacher was pretty good and I learnt a lot. She also helps me moving around Beijing. Online system is very good.

Yes, I recommend this program

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