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Manhattan Mandarin Travel

Immersion Excursion
June 20 - June 30

All High Schoolers + College Students Welcome!

Beijing, Xi'an, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Shanghai


*includes all activities, meals, hotels; does not include airfare to China

In June 2018 we ran our first Immersion Excursion. We spent two weeks in our favorite spots in China: the French Concession in Shanghai, the ancient tea fields of Hangzhou, the Terracotta Army and ancient city walls of Xi'an, and all the must-see spots of Beijing. We did all this while encouraging our students to speak only in Mandarin, and while also providing a total 25 hours of dedicated Chinese class time!

We have been waiting 4 years to get back to running our China trips and are thrilled to offer our Immersion Excursion this summer. 

We're going to be traveling as only Manhattan Mandarin can; keeping up a great pace while also making the most of our local relationships to provide the most unique and authentic tour experience possible.


We'll check out as many amazing spots as we can (at NYC speed) while slowing down to converse with new friends and deep dive into the culture. We've added cooking classes, calligraphy classes, epic hikes, feasts upon feasts, a company visit and much more. 

Please join us for another amazing trip this summer.

-Jamie and Harry

The Itinerary


Day 1

  • Check into the hotel 

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

Day 2: Great Wall, Summer Palace, Kong Fu in the Hutongs

  • Morning - Breakfast - Class - Daily Assignments

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

    • 1 hour class on the Great Wall's history and lunch on top of a watchtower ​

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

    • Aman Hotel for tea​

  • Evening - Dinner and Kong Fu 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

    • Evening Kong Fu class between the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower

Day 3: Tian'an'men, Forbidden City, Houhai

  • Morning - Breakfast - Class - Daily Assignments 

    • Walk through the hutongs to Tian'an Men Square

    • Tour the Forbidden City and climb JingShan

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

  • Afternoon - Class overlooking Hou Hai

    • Explore the Nanluoguxiang area - have tea in the courtyard of a Hutong restaurant​

  • Dinner - Cooking class with The Hutong School

Day 4: To Xi'an!

  • Morning - Stroll one last time around the Beijing neighborhood

  • Midday - High speed rail to Xi'an

  • Mandarin lessons about Xi'an on the train! 


Day 4: Arriving in Xi'an

  • Check into the hotel 

  • Evening - Head to Hui Min Jie on the hunt for delicious yang rou pao mo, rou jia mo, and biang biang noodles!

  • Cooking class

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

Day 5: Terracotta Warriors, Biking the city walls, Calligraphy

  • 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 friend's family restaurant​​

Day 6: To Shanghai!

  • Morning - Breakfast - Class - Daily Assignments 

  • Midday - High Speed Rail to Shanghai