Beijing, formerly known as Peking, means “Northern Capital”. Besides being the capital of the People’s Republic of China, is also recognized as the educational and cultural centre of China and the origin point of standard Mandarin, the official language of the nation. This is an important fact because many dialects coexist in China. And in Beijing, unlike other areas in China, you will not only study mandarin at school, but also will listen and speak it on the streets.
Beijing, a place plenty of centuries of history and culture, is famous for its exuberant palaces, temples, gardens, stone walls and gates. You’ll be astonished by the mixture of tradition and modernity, especially after the transformations that the city suffered due to the hosting of the 2008 Summer Olimpic Games.
Do you dare to immerse in a millenary, ancient culture? Come to China to enjoy art treasures and modern marvels while you learn Mandarin language.
Programs in Beijing include: Small Group Classes, 1-on-1 Classes, Chinese Culture Classes, Homestays, Volunteering Programs and Internships.
Places to visit in Beijing:
- Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
- Tiananmen, One of the largest squares in the world, means "Gate of Heavenly Peace", for it’s one of the entrances to the Forbidden City, the enormous palace complex that was once the home of the Ming and Qing emperors.
- The Summer Palace
- Former summer retreat for emperors. A huge park spotted with ancient pavilions, temples, bridges and even a lake.
- Temple of Heaven (Tiantan)
- One of the most holy places in China and the largest temple in Beijing, among others like the Temple of Sun (Ritan), Temple of Earth(Ditan) and the Temple of the Moon (Yuetan).
- Parks and Gardens
- there are several popular public parks in Beijing. Xiangshan (The Fragrant Hills), for example, is a beautiful place of natural landscape and cultural relics.
- Great Wall of China
- Close to Beijing you can visit several sections of the Great Wall, like Badaling, Jinshanling, Simatai and Mutianyu.
- The Olimpic places
- don’t miss the latest architectonical hotspots of Beijing like the world famous Bird’s Nest or the Water Cube
- Beijing Opera
- four main characters: sheng (male) dan (young female), jing( painted face), and chou (clown), and many resources including singing, dancing, and acrobatic to tell a story.