Speakeasy Lijiang's Chinese salon classes are held every Wednesday to Sunday night from 7-9pm. If you want to participate, you can sign up for anywhere between 1 and 3 months, and come as many times as you like within that timespan. In this class, you will not only improve your Mandarin in a small group setting but also learn more about Chinese traditions and culture. We will offer transportation to and from the airport, assistance in finding housing and making travel plans, and a tour of Lijiang and the locations of important facilities such as the bank, post office, market, hospital, etc. Also included are Chinese culture classes, like cooking, Kung Fu, calligraphy, and ancient musical instruments.

The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, commonly known as the HSK, is the standard measure of proficiency in Chinese. Speakeasy Lijiang works in association with some of the most reputed universities in China. Once you have passed the HSK exam, our placement cell can help you apply to Chinese universities.

All of the teachers in our HSK Chinese Training Course have been carefully selected and are experienced in helping students prepare for the HSK. In this class, you will learn the latest and most useful techniques created by HSK researches. We will create personal study plans and design course materials best suited to your needs.

Besides the popular one-on-one immersion Chinese language program at Speakeasy, the small group Chinese class is another popular program. Every year, more than 200 students choose to join the small Chinese classes. Course Designed For: Students who have never learned Chinese. There will be no more than 15 students in each Chinese class.

We currently do not provide accommodation for small Chinese class students, students need to find your own apartments in Lijiang, but we can help you get contact with a local housing agency, who can show you different apartments close to the school. The service fee charged by the housing agency is about one month’s rent.

Course Features

  • No more than 15 students per class
  • Professional Chinese teacher
  • Students from all over the world

FREE services we also offer:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Laundry
  • Internet access and free use of the school’s computers
  • A tour of the Lijiang
  • Travel Planning in China
  • Medicine for minor illnesses

The prices listed here do not include accommodation, textbooks, or visa fee.

The textbook for EACH semester is about RMB¥100.

Speakeasy is licensed to help our students to get legal student visas, which costs RMB¥450 for one semester.

Speakeasy Customized one on one Chinese Class, one teacher only has one student, the teacher will 100% focus on your needs, optimized classes just for your requirements. With our one-on-one Chinese program, you will enjoy:

  • Personal Study Plans
  • Professional Teachers
  • Make Your Own Schedule
  • Personalized Exercises and Exclusive Materials
  • More Opportunities To Practice Your Spoken Chinese In Real-Time
  • An academic advisor who will help to track your progress and adjust the teaching strategies to meet your learning requirements.
  • Study, live and eat in ONE BUILDING

Services you will also have:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Laundry
  • Internet access and free use of the school’s computers
  • A tour of the Lijiang
  • Travel Planning in China
  • SIM Card for cell phones
  • Medicine for minor illnesses
  • Chinese Calligraphy
  • Chinese Cooking
  • Tai Chi, Chinese Kung Fu
  • Chinese Musical Instruments

For those who wish to study Mandarin Chinese, but cannot come to China, we offer our Chinese courses online via Skype. These classes are $25 USD/hour, during which our native Chinese speaking teachers will teach and review the same curriculum as they do for our local students. These classes offer an added level of convenience, as we can schedule them according to your work or study hours.

Our Speakeasy online Chinese classes include:

  • Chinese basics such as pinyin, pronouncing the tones, common vocabulary words, greetings and introductions, everyday activities and more
  • Intermediate vocabulary, ordering food, speaking to friends, reading and writing characters, basic expressions such as “I like”, “I want”, “I am”, I have”
  • Intermediate to advanced vocabulary and grammar, general Chinese conversation, travel dialogue, reading and writing emails
  • Intermediate to advanced Chinese fluency
  • Advanced business Chinese, with which you can communicate complex business concepts, negotiate deals, and communicate in a professional environment

If you are interested in our Speakeasy online courses, or to schedule a free 15-minute trial, email Arthur@ispeakeasy.org.

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Our Teachers


Stephen Guo

Stephen Guo

My extensive experience with foreigners over the last nine years has not only been a complement to my studies, but also an exceptional insight into western culture. I maintain a high standard of integrity and loyalty, furthermore, I find personal fulfillment in assisting others in realizing their potential.

Since 2007 I have been a language teacher, translator and consultant. Besides speaking fluent Mandarin Chinese, English, and Thai, I speak Chinese minority languages Pumi and Mosuo.





Ding ding


I majored in English when I was in college at International Studies University, which is one of the top language schools in China. I lived in America for a year as an exchange student at Rowan University in New Jersey. It opened up my eyes and my mind and awakened my traveling genes. I’m well traveled in China and ready for exploring the world. I’m a member on Couchsurfing, which enables me to meet people from all over the world and learning about their countries, their people and their cultures.

I worked as an English teacher for almost six years at my Alma Mater, which gave me first hand teaching experience and since last year I’ve been teaching foreigners Chinese. All the former experience made it easier for me to understand second language teaching better. Also, personally, I love the Chinese art and culture. I practice calligraphy and enjoy reading ancient Chinese literature.

Study Chinese

Speakeasy Language Center in Lijiang was designed as a practical, peaceful place for students to come and study languages. Located right beside the tranquil waters of Black Dragon Pond, our center offers professional teachers, quiet classrooms, and a unique curriculum for learning. If you want to learn to speak Mandarin, contact us about our programs and our current availability.