Chinese Summer Camp in Beijing & Shanghai
96% Rating
(43 Reviews)

Chinese Summer Camp in Beijing & Shanghai

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.

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

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!

  • 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.
Program Type
Subject Areas
Creative Writing
Cultural Studies
Host Family
Some Activities
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Visa Requirement

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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.

Program Reviews

based on 43 reviews
  • Academics 9.1
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.4
  • Housing 9.4
  • Safety 9.7
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Great Choice For a Mandarin Trip

My 7-year-old son was placed in a class with 3 other boys of similar age and language ability, which I think is a very good class size and composition. The teacher, Ms. Zhao, is a terrific teacher, patient and fair, and the children learned a lot! My son enjoyed his time and loved the classes. The school representative also took good care of us, giving us tips for what to do in town with the children after school, answering all our queries and addressing any concerns efficiently.

Overall, thank you to That’s Mandarin for making our learning Mandarin trip such a wonderful experience!

How can this program be improved?

If there is anything to change, it would just be to include more sports activity, especially after a day of sitting in the classroom all morning. And perhaps to teach the children some Maths in Mandarin and lessen the homework load for younger kids.

Yes, I recommend
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Great experience with their Summer family Camp

I noticed this summer family camp from the webstie and it turns out to be great.

We came from Hong Kong and my daughter knows a little bit of mandarin. We stayed here for 2 weeks and my daughter met a lot of new friends. They provided snacks and lunch everyday. They go field trip twice a week, visiting different museums, which my daughter liked and enjoyed very much. At first I worried about my daughter’s safety, but the teachers are so caring and loving , that makes me feel relieved.

How can this program be improved?

It would be better if there is a big outdoor area for kids to play.

Yes, I recommend
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My daughter has enjoyed her Summer Camp Mandarin classes and loves her teachers

Our six year old daughter has enjoyed her Summer Camp Mandarin classes and loves her teachers.  She has especially enjoyed meeting the other students in Summer Camp and has made friends. She enjoyed the activities in the afternoon, kite making, visual arts, and making mianbao. Her teachers provided resources so she can continue practicing her Chinese character writing.
We recommend That’s Mandarin since we have seen how happy our daughter was in her classes and also we have seen an improvement in our daughter’s language skills.

While my daughter attended Mandarin Summer Camp I also enjoyed attending Mandarin classes that accommodated our family’s weekly schedule.  Each teacher has her/his own style of teaching that supported my learning.  Taking language classes is hard work and I needed to devote time to study and practice. The That’s Mandarin method challenged me to stay focused and committed to my learning. I especially liked how each teacher provided resources and opportunities to speak in Mandarin with a disciplined approach to my conversational practice and grammar.  My teachers of That’s Mandarin created a wonderful personalized learning environment that has inspired me to continue my language study. The school setting and social scene provided our family a chance to meet other families attending That’s Mandarin from various parts of the world.

Yes, I recommend
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A Different and Exciting Summer in China

I’ve been in China once before with my family but this is my first time in a camp like this. We were given a selection of 3 languages in our school back home and Mandarin was the one I was best at and it’s the one I enjoy the most. So I took this Full Immersion Camp at That’s Mandarin to improve my grades. I stayed here for 3 weeks.

My sister came to That’s Mandarin 2 years ago and she really enjoyed the camp and it really helped her with her grades. And my parents thought it would do the same for me. I haven’t been to any other summer camps in china, but I still think this is very good. I really enjoyed the facilities here, even the teachers were amazing.

I usually arrived at the school at 8:30 in the morning and waited about half hour for the other students to arrive. Then we started classes at 9:00. We had a very fun speaking and listening class for 50 min, in which we talked about whatever subject at hands and we learned about characters. Then we had a cartoon class in which we watched a video and explained it in Chinese. Then we had another break, followed by a writing class where we wrote about a picture the teacher gave us to look at. Or we would write about the video we looked at earlier to practice our writing skills.

Then we had another break. In the afternoon, we had very fun activities. We would go on a field trip, like to a museum for a nice relaxing day. We had been to two or three museums while I was here and they were all different and really interesting. I think the museum was my favourite part. Some days we would play sports like pingpong. Then we came back to the school and that was the end of the day.

I think my experience here has been all amazing. I like the teachers; they’re all experienced and really good. The other students are very nice too. Nobody is mean or has bad behavior. I’ve always been a huge fan of magic. But in my old school, during the classes, the teachers would hate it if I had a pack of cards in my hands. But here, it’s okay. I just love magic, and just showing it to the other students makes me feel really happy. I’m always interacting with the other students and nobody feels left out. It’s a really nice environment to learn.

The facilities are very nice too. That’s Mandarin is also near a lot of food places, so the food is always very good. I stayed in an apartment that’s close enough to walk to school, but not too far you have to take a taxi. It’s a very nice walking distance. The accommodation itself is very nice. It has everything you need, like a working bathroom, a washing machine, a really nice bed, and the view all the way up there in the apartment block is very nice!

Yes, I recommend
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My kids enjoyed the camp a lot

·First , this is our first time in Beijing,we have been in Shanghai before but just for traveling. We really intended our kids to know Chinese language and the area we should is That’s mandarin school in Beijing that really convinced from many years experience。
·Second, Once the day we step in this school it was holiday, however staff still continue working and make us nicely welcome especially staff team who play game with our kids that it so impressive at first arrived in school.
·Third, all staff here are very helpful, it was nicely for all your kindness and help. (Especially thank you to Holly , principal and really impress for all staffs with lovely smile)
·Lastly, our kids said do not want to go back to Thailand. They keep asking to be here but unfortunately, mom has to go back for a work. If any occasionally coming we will be here surely.

Yes, I recommend
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My Chinese has developed a lot after only staying two weeks at That’s Mandarin!

I decided to stay only two weeks because I was travelling alone and I did not know if I would enjoy it. However, now when I am almost finished, I really wished I had one more week. The apartment I got through the school has a central location and was great for my stay.

On my first day at the summer camp, I was initially placed in a group which I realized was not suitable for me, so I was later moved to another group, which I really enjoyed and it was here my Chinese level increased.

On the other hand I did enjoy some of the activities we did. For example, the Saturday trip to Shanghai Financial Tower, the bund and Shanghai museum with a teacher who taught us Chinese on the way was a great experience! Calligraphy was also another activity I really enjoyed.

The first day at That’s Mandarin I was welcomed by very nice people and I received a contact person which I could contact at any time! I also found friends at That’s mandarin who I stayed with throughout my trip and who I will remember for a long time!

I definitely recommend That’s Mandarin to families and people of all ages travelling to Shanghai and to learn Chinese! I hope to come here again next summer.

Yes, I recommend
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That's Mandarin Summer Camp

My family loves our experience at That's Mandarin Camp. We were at the Beijing campus last year and my kids left the camp able to converse in simple mandarin and keen to learn more Chinese. We came to the the Shanghai campus this year and the kids (ages 6, 8 and 10) fit right in with the welcoming teachers and fun classmates. Within the first week, they had learned some new Chinese characters and were able to understand the local Chinese cartoons on TV. The teachers were very experienced in motivating my kids to learn Chinese in an enjoyable manner. The kids come to the camp everyday in a very happy mood and they want to speak more mandarin. This is so enlightening compared to their dread in attending the Chinese school in Canada! The best attribute of That's Mandarin Camp is the teachers' friendly and encouraging way of building my kids' confidence in conversing mandarin and motivate them to learn more Chinese. My kids have all asked to come back again next year!

How can this program be improved?

I think the kids will benefit from online Chinese games throughout the year while they "wait" to come back to the summer camp. In this way, they are able to retain more of what they have learned and will be keen to keep learning to score on the games.

Yes, I recommend
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The morning classes are very interesting

In the morning we have 3 classes, which are grammar, speaking and writing classes. In the afternoon, since it’s a Day Camp, we have cultural classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and on Tuesday and Thursday they take us on a field trip.
In the first class, the speaking class, we talk about vocabulary, and things that you can use to make sentence structures. They also teach practical things. Instead of talking about birthday parties all the time, they have one new topic every day and they focus on another topic. We did a topic on school. The morning classes they seem faster than they actually are. All the teachers are very nice. I especially like the classes because there are only 3 or 4 students, so the teachers are able to focus on each person individually. And so we can get a lot more done.
My sister and I both like the cultural activities. And I like the field trips more because we go to places you don’t normally go. Like the first thing you normally do in Beijing is to go to the Great Wall, but we go to less crowded places like the Science Museum. We also went to the zoo and the Temple of Heaven. But I like the Science Museum because it had a lot more content than just walking around. The most interesting place in Beijing is the place full of street food where they sell live scorpions and other interesting food.

Yes, I recommend
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Our That's Mandarin Experience

My family and I are from the US and we’re here for just a couple of weeks. We were looking for an experience for our kids over those short weeks where they could be engaged in the culture, not just visiting and sightseeing, but really meet some of the other kids in the area and learn a little bit about the culture.

I have two boys, one is 8 and the other is 10. We didn’t know any Mandarin before this trip. My 10-year-old downloaded a couple of online apps and learned a little bit himself but otherwise they didn’t know anything. This is their first experience.

We were recommended to That’s Mandarin by someone else that has been here before. We’ve been really happy with the kids’ experience these past two weeks. They’ve learned a lot of Mandarin, some of the traditional Chinese handiwork and cultural events and they’re really excited about it.

I’m surprised by how much they’ve picked up over the last couple weeks. We had them help us order at the restaurant, talk to the taxi driver. They definitely learned a lot, really quickly. The teachers were really encouraging, and gave them the confidence they needed to be able to pick up the language, because it’s way different, obviously. They challenged them but at the same time, the level was just right so that they felt confident they could pick up those things asked of them.

A couple of days ago afterward they said, “Can we go back to China again?” They’ve really enjoyed being here and this experience. I feel like every time they go on a field trip, I want to go too. I look them up and see if I can go too.

I expected they would be able to meet other kids and I was surprised at how many countries the students are coming from. That was really fun. My kids still enjoy telling me where everybody comes from, who they’ve met.

We took the subway to get here and it was pretty easy from the subway station. I think it’s a good location, easy to get to.

I’m sure if we come back to Shanghai, we will do this again, probably next time I’ll take a class to learn a little bit myself. Thank you for a great experience.

Yes, I recommend
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Nice experience

This is quite a experience and my kids enjoyed it very much. My original propose was just to increase theirs intress on Chinese which is the most important step from my point of view. After one weeks program, my kids find it is fun to learn Chinese and begin to speak Chinese with me. I am sure they achieved more than my expectation. learning and having fun, the program makes me more confident for more next steps on the way of studying chinese which I didn't dare to expect before.

Tina Wang

How can this program be improved?

Give parents chance to attend the program, so that parents can have better understanding.

Yes, I recommend
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The children loved learning Mandarin in the summer camp. There were other children of similar ages and they learnt and played together. The teachers were great and made them and all of us very comfortable.

The content of the programme was suitable for their abilities and the voucher system encouraged them to do better which is a brilliant idea.

How can this program be improved?

I cannot think of anything!

Yes, I recommend
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We really had a happy time in Beijing at That's Mandarin!

I come from Canada with my three children each 5, 7 and 9, we chose That’s Mandarin Summer Camp, because we found their website and the website is very professional. They emphasize the safety, safety is very important for us because we are overseas. We really wanted to have a try. When we came here the experience was great. The kids have classes in the morning, they get supposed to reading, listening, as well as writing characters. And in the afternoon, they have acting craft and as also are supposed to learn Chinese culture like making Chinese dumplings and making Chinese kites. On two days of the week we get to go out, to Chinese garden, zoo, etc. The kids absolutely enjoy the experience. We love that teachers gives where they get points by speaking Mandarin, and also doing their homework, and even when we go outdoors, they have task where they are suppose to speak to the local Chinese people in Mandarin, and try to get a taste of what is like in China. The teachers are great, they are very friend to the kids, and they are aware of the kids’ strength and weakness, and the way they learn. Even during the lunch time, they are very care about what food the kids like to eat and what they don’t, so they keep adjust the menu according to the kids’ taste. After the first week, we would actually like to stay longer, because this camp is so fun, we stay here for 4 weeks, and my children wound not like to leave and they want to stay longer. We plan to come back again next year during the summer to learn more Chinese. When they first came, they don’t speak mandarin much, and my youngest who is 5 not even understand mandarin much. At the end the 4 weeks, now when I speak to him in mandarin, he can understand most of what I say. And his intonation in mandarin now is also much more accurate than when we first came. So I would recommend this camp to any parents who would like their kids to experience learning Chinese and culture and also experience China in a very relax and also enjoyable manner.

Yes, I recommend
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I am very happy at camp and I want to come back next year

I studied at That’s Mandarin for two weeks. I learned a lot of things. I studied a lot of characters and learned how to use the new ones in stories. For Dragon Boat Festival cultural studies, I told a long story about Qu Yuan and the teacher said I did a good job and gave me a small prize. I was really excited. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we have field trips. I went with the other campers and teachers to the Natural History Museum, the Shanghai Zoo, and the Film Museum. All those places were really fun. We had to do different tasks and they all required us to use Chinese. I am very happy at camp and I want to come back next year, if Mom and Dad say I can and I do well in my classes in Singapore.

Yes, I recommend
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I will miss That’s Mandarin

I start class at 9am. In the morning, for three hours, I study Chinese. My favourite classes are video classes and character writing ones. The teachers gave us Tom and Jerry cartoons and then told us to tell a story. Then we wrote down that story. I had a lot of fun.
In the afternoon, we usually went outside to play. My favourite day was when we went to the Natural History Museum. It’s a fun place. Inside, they have a lot, a lot of dinosaurs. They were my favourite part.
In the culture classes, I painted a mask, ate zongzi for Dragonboat Festival, learned the story behind Dragonboat Festival, and because I knew the story of Quyuan and could tell the rest of the group, I got a small prize and I was very happy. I also drew him as a dragon and a dragonboat.
I studied for two weeks. I studied a lot of things and had a lot of fun with other campers. After I go back to Singapore, I will miss That’s Mandarin.

Yes, I recommend
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I like my main teacher, Xu laoshi. She makes the class super fun.

At school, I write a lot of Chinese characters. I also watch short films and say sentences about the films. We get points if we say a long and correct sentence. We review the work that we do a lot. We also make sentences. I like my main teacher, Xu laoshi. She makes the class super fun. We get to watch lots of funny films. After that, we have bunch of competition with points. At That's Mandarin, I also love to go out and play. We've gone to a museum with a bunch of cool, prehistoric animals. I also like to play games we played like 6 games yesterday, but all in chinese. My favorite game was "Luobo dun" which also can review the words we learned through it.

Yes, I recommend

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