We spent a week following our campers through their experience at That’s Mandarin Chinese Summer Camp and we learned a few things we didn’t think we would… Like how we wished we were younger again so we could join the camp.

Opening Ceremony | First week of Chinese Summer Camp 2018

The first day of camp began with an orientation to camp. We could feel the excitement in the air and perhaps some uncertainty. The first day of school could be such a nerve-wracking experience. To ease the students into their camp life, they were introduced to one another and to their teachers. In addition, rules were laid down and schedules were explained. Field trips and cultural activities were to take place every alternate day.

Opening Ceremony | First week of Chinese Summer Camp 2018

In the first week, the campers tried their hands at making Chinese opera masks. Each color on a mask represented a certain emotion and characteristic and it was up to the student to create a theatrical character of interest to them. Could it be a villain or a hero?

Making Opera Masks | First week of Chinese Summer Camp 2018

On the second day of camp, we went to the Natural History Museum, which is one of the best things to do in Shanghai. We spent hours in the museum, exploring bits and pieces of evolution.

Natural History Museum | First week of Chinese Summer Camp 2018

The third day was a cultural activity day: making a Chinese knot. Chinese knots are traditional decorations that are used as symbols of prosperity and good luck. Making these knots by hand requires some dexterity and patience, but this posed no problem to our campers.

Making Chinese Knots | First week of Chinese Summer Camp 2018

Every week, there is at least one sports event. On Thursday, we went to play ping-pong, China’s national sport! Did you know that China was always at least one of the Olympic gold medalists (in different categories) for the past years? What summer camp would it be if we didn’t show our campers how ping-pong is played, the Chinese way?

Ping Pong | First week of Chinese Summer Camp 2018

On Friday, we learned Chinese calligraphy, drawing Chinese characters with a brush and ink like we were ancient scholars. It was fun!

Calligraphy Classes | First week of Chinese Summer Camp 2018

Those are just examples of our first week at camp. Our programs are filled with a multitude of enriching activities that showcased the traditional and modern cultures of China. The longer you stay at camp, the more you will experience and try.

Stay tuned for what’s to come next.

Further Reads

New Activity | Tea Ceremony

New Activity | Tea Ceremony

This year we have a new activity for our campers. What is one of the first things that come to mind when you think of China? What is a must-have souvenir for your relatives if you visit China? No doubt, it's Chinese tea!Tea has a long and interesting history in China....

June 2019 | Students’ Reviews

June was such a great month at Summer Camp! Campers participated in various cultural activities, and workshops, and field trips. But the highlight of Camp experience is, of course, Chinese classes — action-packed language lessons that won't leave even the shy campers...

Sightseeing in the City

Sightseeing in the City

Here are some snapshots from our Summer Camp field trips. Twice a week and on weekends, students go around Beijing/Shanghai, sightseeing and shopping. They get to practice speaking Mandarin with the local vendors, people on the street, etc.