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Manhattan Mandarin Travel

Immersion Excursion
March 22 - 29, 2024

All High Schoolers Welcome!

In our 3rd year of the Immersion Excursion we're heading West!

Join us as we venture into Sichuan province for some serious hiking, spice, and pandas! We will then head back east making our way city by city back to Shanghai. 

This program has been designed to drastically improve our students Mandarin as we travel. We have built 25 hours of private lessons in the trip and students can expect to skip or come close to skipping one year of high school Mandarin. They will come away with a tremendous confidence in their ability to speak with locals and the tools to continue to succeed in school. 

We're going to be traveling like New Yorkers. Checking out as many amazing spots that we can (at NYC speed) while slowing down to converse with new friends and deep dive into the culture. We've added cooking classes, epic hikes, feasts upon feasts, a company visit and much more. 

Please join us for another amazing trip this summer.

-Jamie and Harry

June 15- June 30, 2019
$5500 - 4 Star Hotels - Flights Included

Chengdu, Xi'an, Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai

25 hours of customized Mandarin Classes

Chengdu - 成都

June 16 - Meet to Uber to JFK!

June 17 - Chengdu

  • Arrive and check into hotel late afternoon

  • Big welcome feast followed by a walk around the city to stave of jet lag

June 18 - Chengdu

  • Morning - Straight to the panda sanctuary

  • Lunch at a local monastery

  • Afternoon - Shopping in local markets followed by a cooking class​

  • Early evening - Explore Jinli Old Street

    • Sample Sichuan​'s famous street snacks

  • Dinner - Sichuan's spicy dishes at their best

June 19 - Chengdu

Leshan Grand Buddha  - Mt. Emei Hike

  • Morning - Breakfast - Class - Daily Assignments

  • Drive to Leshan Grand Buddha​​

  • Afternoon - Hike around the Buddha and surrounding temples

  • Evening - Drive to Emei Shan Monastery 

June 20 - Mt. Emei Hike

  • Morning - Breakfast - Class - Daily Assignments

  • Cable car up to the summit of Emei Shan 

  • Afternoon - Hiking and exploring 

  • Evening - Drive back to Chengdu

June 21 - Chengdu

  • Morning - Breakfast - Class - Daily Assignments

  • Midday train to Xi'an

Xi'An - 西安

June 21 - Xi'an

  • Check into the hotel 

  • Evening - Head to Hui Min Jie for one of our favorite meals

  • Evening stroll around the Bell and Drum tower while learning about the silk road

June 22 - Xi'an

  • Morning - Early morning bike ride around the city wall

  • Head out to explore the Terracotta Warriors

  • Afternoon - Calligraphy class in the park

  • Evening - Dinner with our friend and tour guide Sophia and her family at a mutual friends family restaurant​​

June 23 - Xi'an

  • Morning - Breakfast - Class - Daily Assignments 

  • Midday - High Speed Rail to Beijing

Beijing - 北京

June 23 - Beijing 

  • Check into the hotel 

  • A Peking duck feast with our friends from Ivy Gate (Jamie's Beijing-based SAT tutoring business)

June 24 - Beijing

  • Morning - Breakfast - Class - Daily Assignments

  • Bus ride out to the Great Wall (non-touristy section)

    • 1 hour class  and lunch on top of a watchtower ​

  • Afternoon - A nice afternoon walk around the old Summer Palace

    • Aman Hotel for tea​

  • Evening - Dinner in the Hutongs​​

    • Cooked by Jamie's friends - 3 generations of kong fu masters still living by the Bell Tower​

    • Majiang lessons in the local park

    • Dinner followed by an evening Kong Fu demonstration

June 25 - Beijing

  • Morning - Breakfast - Class - Daily Assignments 

  • Tian'an Men Square, Forbidden City, JingShan

  • Lunch - Mr. Shi's Dumplings (Jamie and Harry's favorite local dumpling spot!

  • Afternoon - Class overlooking Hou Hai

  • Dinner - Cooking class with The Hutong School

June 26 - Beijing

  • Morning - Stroll one last time around the neighborhood

  • Midday - High speed rail to Hangzhou

Hangzhou - 杭州

June 26 - Hangzhou

  • Check into the hotel 

  • Evening - Head to Qinghefang for Hangzhou's most famous dishes

  • Evening stroll around the ancient street

June 27 - Hangzhou

  • Morning - Bike ride around West Lake

  • Midday - stop for lunch on the far side of Hangzhou

  • Afternoon - Taiqi in the park

  • Evening - Dinner and sunset while watching the famous West Lake Fountain show

June 28- Hangzhou

  • Morning - Tea picking day!

  • Evening - High Speed Rail to Shanghai

Shanghai - 上海

June 28 - Shanghai

  • Check into the hotel 

  • Evening - Head to Old Shanghai for soup dumplings!!

  • Evening stroll while learning about the amazing history of Shanghai

June 29 - Shanghai

  • Morning - Harry's (almost famous) walking tour of Shanghai

  • Propaganda Museum, French concenssion, Sun Yatsen's house and more!

  • Afternoon - Up we go to the top of the Shanghai Tower

  • Evening - Dinner with MMTravel's local food consultant and friend. He always treats our trip to one major dinner (last year with Jean-George's....)

  • Walk through the Bund

June 30 - Shanghai

  • Morning - People's Park and Shanghai Museum

  • Lunch with Expats living in Shanghai 

  • Afternoon - Shopping and a foot massage

  • Evening - Final feast and KTV night!

July 1 - Homeward bound!