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Do you want your child to improve his/her Chinese speaking and understanding abilities by embarking on a journey to experience the Chinese culture through their traditions? Welcome to 2014 Beijing International Summer Camp from July 1 to July 28!

I would love my children to join in this summer camp, but unfortunately they are too young at present. I am still highly interested in the information and would love to share it with you.

Entering its ninth year in 2014, Beijing International Summer Camp is hosted by Times Book, Inc. of North America, a Chinese Cultural Company and housed in Beijing’s University of International Business and Economics(UIBE).

The major purpose of the summer camp is to provide children from outside of China an unique opportunity to experience both the life and culture in Beijing as well as some of China’s rural ethnic minorities, including the contrasting living conditions. It also serves as a bridge for overseas-born Chinese campers to re-connect with their cultural heritage.

Learn Chinese at 2014 Beijing International Summer Camp
Learn Chinese at 2014 Beijing International Summer Camp

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Campers will attend Chinese language classes, from beginner to advanced, taught by expert faculty at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in speaking, reading, listening and writing Mandarin. In additional to formal classes, students will have daily opportunity to use their languages skills in real-life situations.

Campers will immerse themselves in exciting modern-day Beijing. They will tour many historic sites such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. They will also have the opportunity to gain an intimate understanding of the city through visits to restaurants and neighborhoods not shown on any tour itinerary.

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Meeting up in Beijing! Good time in the camp

Campers will also experience traditional Chinese culture by taking classes in many of the traditional arts including calligraphy, folk dance, brush painting, Chinese opera with face painting, Chinese yo-yo, paper cutting, Chinese knotting, traditional tea processing, Kong fu, Chinese medicine, food and cooking.

The 3-week-long study and field trip create lasting friendships and memories. Campers living, studying, traveling, exploring and playing together will form lasting friendships. They celebrate each other’s birthdays, play games, laugh and share thoughts and feelings, and experience new things together. These bonds create memories that will last a lifetime.

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The off-class activities are fun! We are learning Chinese kongfu.

Plus, the 2014 camp has initiated a tennis clinic for those students wishing to improve improve their tennis skill and strength while learning Chinese and enjoying Chinese traditions and culture. A top coach has been retained to give semi private lessons to our campers. Clinic involves 20 hours of semi-private instruction scheduled from 4:30pm to 6:00p.m, so that it will not interfere with other camp activities.

As to the safe issue, parents can relax. The host, Timesbook, inc.,together with their partners, pledge to provide an exciting, challenging and rewarding experience for young campers. Your child’s safety is for sure the top priority. All activities and traveling will be under the care and supervision of teachers and counselors.

Classes, sightseeing, and recreational opportunities are carefully planned and abundant so that campers will not have the chance to be homesick or bored. Campers will be given regular time to communicate with home through email.

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What are they looking at? How sweet is the cotton candy!

All in all, I love this summer camp because it blends learning Chinese with fun and interesting activities: experienced teachers, small-scale classes, intensive class and sightseeing schedules, and the last but not the least, comfortable and safe living and touring conditions.

If you are interested in applying this year’s summer camp, feel free to contact me for any inquiry at or leave a comment below. I will send you the application form.

Enrollment  Requirement:
Self-motivated and independent student with beginner’s Chinese proficiency
• Age from 8-18 years old (8 to 11 year olds are accepted if they can demonstrate  self-reliance during an interview. There will be a $100.00 surcharge to cover their special care, including  washing their clothes. There will be a teacher-student ratio of 1 teacher for every 4 students.)
• Campers are in good health

Application Fee:

Enrollment  Date:
All applications and $200 deposit must be received before May 15, 2014. Students who submit their application and $200 deposit prior to March 25, 2014, are eligible for a $60.00 discount. Deposit is not refundable.

• 3 weeks-$1699.00(Airfare not included). Tuition includes: Courses and instruction, books, facilities and teaching materials, extra-curricular activities, the hotel, all meals, all local transportation , insurance, camp T-shirt and hat, trip to tour site.
Note: Special care fee will be applied to 8-11 years old kids, $100 per person.

The following options are also available:
• Option one: 3 weeks in Beijing only: $1699.00 per person. This includes all lodging, meals, sightseeing, restaurants and day trips in and around Beijing.  You will NOT travel with us.
• Option two: 3 weeks in Beijing & 1 week travel in Xi An, Zheng Zhou: $2669 per person.

Camp personnel will be happy to assist you by meeting you at the airport, arranging for lodging in Beijing prior to the trip, or in any other way. VIP airport service is $40.00 per person each way. Other services will be billed based on the actual cost.

International Airplane ticket:
We will fly over and back as a group with camp supervision, but the airline ticket is to be paid by the camper’s family.  The camp will try to arrange a group ticket price.  Such tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis.  Campers flying in at a different time will be met at the airport by camp personnel and driven to the camp, but there will be the $40.00 per camper charge for this service.

Tennis Clinic:
The 2014 camp is also offering optional special classes.
• Tennis clinic: Taught by professional tennis coaches, your camper will receive 24 hours of instruction to improve and power his or her game
These special classes will be conducted during late afternoon/early evening recreation hours and will NOT interfere with other camp activities.

Supervision & Insurance:
There will be 24-hour supervision. Teachers and nurses will be on call at all times in the event of an emergency. Students are required to abide by all camp rules and regulations. The hosts will also provide 100,000 RMB ($ 12,500 approximately) contretemps insurance and 10,000 RMB ($ 1,250 approximately) hospitalization insurance for students upon arrival in Beijing. The insurance will terminate when the campers board the plane to US.

If you are interested in applying this year’s summer camp, feel free to contact me for any inquiry at or leave a comment below. I will send you the application form.


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    Lisa Nelson // March 12th, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    What a great program! We don’t know chinese, but something like this (at a more elementary level) would be great for kids to just experience the culture. Immerse themselves. The experience comes at a heafty price tag, but for a month in Beijing – the experience alone is priceless.

    I would like to know about the ethnic minorities in China. I guess I never would think there would be an ethnic minority. I don’t know why – but I just never would think. I would love more information on that!

    Thanks so much for sharing on the #homeschoollinkup!

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