Want to come and learn Chinese in China? We’ve got just the place, somewhere no one else seems to know about!

Study Chinese in small group classes in Beihai and get their mouth moving and speak Chinese at the very beginning.

Our group classes have been a success for over a decade in Beijing, Shanghai and further afield.

Beihai offers a more affordable alternative than the aforementioned beasts of China. Beijing and Shanghai are great cities to learn Chinese but for cost of living, Beihai is a great choice if you are on a budget. Roughly 1.5 million in population, Beihai is a small city in Chinese terms!

Learn Chinese in China with our certified, fully qualified teachers, study speaking, reading, writing and listening and get your Chinese ahead faster than you ever thought you could!

  • 40% CHEAPER than Beijing or Shanghai
  • Excellent value Chinese course
  • 20 lessons a week
  • 55 minutes each lesson
  • Make friends from around the globe
  • Few foreigners in Beihai – maximum exposure to Mandarin

NOTE – Our group classes welcome all students up to HSK3/4 level where an individual program is recommended.

Great Teachers

The Best: professional, certified, qualified. We employ the finest
Speaking, Reading, Writing & Listening: we cover all aspects
Interactive: lessons are never the same
Experience: all LTL teachers boast years of experience

Try Something New

Beihai: not many people know about it. Try something different
Learn Chinese in China: no quicker way to learn Mandarin
Community Feel: become part of our tight-knit group
Travel China: schools in 8 locations. Travel and learn

Perfect for a Budget

40% Cheaper: than our courses in Beijing and Shanghai
High Quality: you’ll still receive first rate tutelage
Cost of Living: Beihai is much cheaper than China’s big cities
Sign up in Seconds: simple sign-up process

The China Experts

Over a Decade of Experience: We know the deal
Support: All our team are here for you, across China
Fluent Speakers: Our staff speak many languages
Enjoy It: It can feel daunting, but it isn’t so hard


Beautiful Beihai, a perfect location to master Chinese

Our small group Chinese courses focus mainly on spoken Mandarin. That said we do not neglect other areas. Reading and writing skills are of course are also a vital part of the whole package.

WHEN CAN I START? If you are a complete beginner you can start your course on any of our starting dates (see below). If you already studied some Chinese previously – it does not matter how much – you can start on any Monday of the year.


NO hidden charges, NO registration fee and NO processing fees.

All the textbooks and study materials are included in the price.


How much Mandarin can I realistically learn?

This is a question we get asked a lot and is quite difficult to define but here are some rough metrics to work with to give you an idea:

The basics – Within two to four weeks (HSK1)

Day to day conversations after two months (HSK2)

Complex conversations after five to seven months (HSK 4)

Fluency within a year (HSK 5 to 6)

Fluency is of course a broad term and this doesn’t mean you can turn up to class for a year and you’ll be fluent.

It’s what you do outside the classroom that will most likely define your success.

Are you willing to make a Chinese friend? Are you willing to change your phone language to Chinese? Are you willing to go for Chinese food instead of a pizza?

Students who live with a Chinese Homestay, or join in the Chinese Immersion Program tend to progress faster.

How do you assign me to a group?

Here’s how it works:

Before you start your course with LTL our Director of Studies will do a free assessment test with you.

This can be done via Skype, WhatsApp or phone.

This isn’t an exam. It is quite simply a conversation to help us to understand your Chinese level.

Do the assessment whenever you want. We generally recommend doing it two to four weeks before coming to China to give us ample time to assign you to the most suitable class possible.

Will I learn Chinese characters?


70% of class time is focused on speaking and chatting in Chinese. 30% of the class will be spent reading and getting to know the characters in Chinese.

If you want a more tailored solution, we recommend taking the individual Chinese classes in Beihai.

When are the classes?

Classes take place Monday to Friday and times can vary. A general guideline would look something like this:


Lunch for an hour


This can change, perhaps you’ll start at 8am, or 1pm depending on teacher and class availability.

Can I change my group if need be?

If you speak to us anything is possible.

If you feel the level of the class perhaps doesn’t match yours (perfectly natural as people progress at different speeds), then come and speak to us.

How many classmates will I have?

This depends on a number of factors such as season, number of students the same level as you, teachers available etc.

We purposely keep class sizes very small. Quality is the most important thing for us, the larger the class size the less you speak and the less you get to practice.

Class sizes can be as small as two people. Across our LTL schools the average size of our group classes is just three so either way, you’ll be a key part of your group no matter what.

What can I do for lunch?

Students tend to all go together for lunch which is something we love to see.

This could involve getting some food ordered into the school (speak to our Beihai staff for more information about this), going out and exploring the streets of Beihai for some lovely local food, or just bringing in some food from the day before.

Can I also learn Chinese online?

You can yes.

We have a number of online courses which range from individual online classes, an online semester programHSK online courses, and online courses for kids.

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    Mojca Godec , Student Advisor

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