Manhattan Mandarin Travel

Immersion Excursion

June 15 - June 30, 2019

All High Schoolers Welcome!

In June, 2018 we ran our first Immersion Excursion. We spent two weeks in June in some of our favorite spots in China, including The French Concession in Shanghai, a walk through the ancient tea fields of Hangzhou, the Terracotta Army and Hui street in Xi'an, and all the must-see spots of Beijing. We did all this while also doing a total 25 hours of Chinese class!

The 2019 trip is shaping up to be even better. We are still going to build in 25 hours of class but will be traveling much deeper into China while putting our students into many more immersive language situations with locals from around the country. ​

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

Beijing, Chengdu, Le Shan, Guilin, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Shanghai, Hangzhou​

25 hours of customized Mandarin Classes

Beijing - 北京

June 14 - New York City

  • Meet at JFK Airport

June 15 - Beijing

  • Check into the hotel 

  • A quick walk around the neighborhood to stave off jet lag

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

June 16 - 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 17 - 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 18 - Beijing

  • Morning - Breakfast - Class - Daily Assignments

  • 798 Art district tour with Harry's former roommate

    • now a well-known graphic designer in the Beijing art scene​

  • Lunch in his art studio (Mandarin immersion)

  • Afternoon - Fly to Chengdu

Chengdu - 成都 - LeShan - 乐山

June 19 - Chengdu

  • Morning - Breakfast - Class - Daily Assignments

  • Bus out to the Panda Sanctuary

  • Afternoon - Stroll through Renmin Park.

    • Learn to love the slow pace of Chengdu life​

    • Drink tea, dance, sing 

  • Early evening - Explore Jinli Old Street

    • Sample Sichuan​'s famous street snacks

  • Dinner - Sichuan's spicy dishes at their best

June 20 - 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 21 - 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 22 - Chengdu

  • Morning - Breakfast - Class - Daily Assignments

  • Sichuan Cuisine Museum

    • Cooking class and feast!​

  • Evening - Train to Guilin

Guilin - 桂林 - Yangshuo - 阳朔

June 23 - Guilin

  • Morning - Breakfast - Class - Daily Assignments

  • 4 hour bamboo raft down the Li River to Yangshuo

  • Afternoon - Wander and explore Yangshuo and the local villages

  • Bus back to Guilin

June 24 - Guilin

  • Morning - Breakfast - Class - Daily Assignments

  • Bus to Longsheng to hike up the Dragon Backbone Rice Terraces

  • Lunch in a local restaurant

  • Afternoon - Visit a Zhuang Village to learn about the rural way of life still thriving in China. 

  • Evening - Dinner in Guilin

June 25 - Guilin

  • Morning - Breakfast - Class - Daily Assignments

  • Explore Guilin

  • Lunch - Cooking Class 

  • Evening - High speed train to Hangzhou

Hangzhou - 杭州 - Shanghai - 上海 - Suzhou - 苏州

June 26 - Hangzhou

  • Morning - Breakfast - Class - Daily Assignments

  • Hike through the tea fields

  • Lunch in the tea fields

  • Afternoon - Exploring Xi Hu (UNESCO Heritage site) walking and boating - Tea by the lake

  • Evening - Food tasting tour of Old Hangzhou

June 27 - Hangzhou - Shanghai

  • Morning - Breakfast - Class - Daily Assignments

  • High speed rail to Shanghai (40 min)

  • Lunch near the hotel with Ex-Pats living and working in Shanghai

  • Explore the French Concession 

    • Foot massage...because we deserve it by now!​

  • Dinner exploring Shanghai's modern takes on Chinese food

    • Walk through the Bund​

June 28 - Suzhou 

  • Morning - Breakfast - Class - Daily Assignments

  • High speed train to Suzhou

  • Explore the canals in the Venice of the east

  • Explore the summer palace

  • Dinner in Suzhou

  • Train back to Shanghai

June 29

  • Morning - Breakfast - Class - Daily Assignments

  • Yuyuan Garden

  • Shopping!!

  • Relaxing afternoon

  • Dinner - Din Tai Feng for a feast of the greatest soup dumplings on earth

 

June 30 - Shanghai / Fly Home