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Master your language and chopsticks skills in the heart of China.

Catch a sunrise at the top of the Great Wall. Tour the world’s biggest palace and Imperial garden in your own back yard. Get your fill of dumplings and Peking duck. It’s amazing how much you can pack in during a month in this exhilarating city. Even with morning Mandarin class, one-on-one tutoring sessions and language practicums in the field, you’ll still have time to learn martial arts or calligraphy, visit world-famous sites and linger in countless museums. (There are nearly 150 museums in Beijing, depending on how you count.) Afternoons are spent out on the town, practicing your conversational skills in real time. Haggle in markets, interview locals, join your mates on exciting cultural activities and excursions to local sights. Twice a week you’ll hang with local teens to practice your language skills — while visiting museums or playing basketball or Frisbee in the park. Weekends are the time to shop, cook, explore and enjoy meals and everyday life with your host family.

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