Overview

Living with a homestay in Chengde is a great opportunity to not only practice your Mandarin, but also quickly become part of local Chinese life and make friends quickly. We have been working with our host families for many years, they know how to support and deal with foreigners studying abroad in China even though students often don’t know that much Mandarin yet.

As there are no foreigners living in Chengde, having an international student living in your home is quite an interesting experience for both sides.

Student on a day trip with the homestay family and LTL staff

  • Complete immersion
  • Learn Chinese fast
  • Live and breathe Mandarin 24/7
  • Support & help
  • Privacy
  • Great food
  • Modern apartments
  • Warm and fuzzy

    Warm and fuzzy

    Home - Have your bed, towels and a hot meal ready when you arrive
    Family - Experience the warmth and care of a Chinese family
    Relatives - It’s never just the parents – you will meet the whole clan
    Friends - Go on trips, join family outings and make real Chinese friends

  • Learn Mandarin

    Learn Mandarin

    Speak - Practice Chinese fully immersed at home 24/7
    Good pronunciation - People are famous for speaking good Mandarin
    Help - If you need help with your homework, advice is right there
    Confidence - Gain confidence quickly by speaking Mandarin at home

  • Great Apartments

    Great Apartments

    Privacy - Your own bedroom and personal space
    Modern - Nicely renovated and spacious apartments
    Good locations - Centrally located and easy to reach
    Equipped - Kitchen, bathroom, living room, WIFI etc. all there for you

  • Chinese culture

    Chinese culture

    Tradition - Celebrate holidays, join family gatherings and “go local”
    The real China - Experience the real China away from the expat bubble
    Adventure - Learn more about China in a family than any book could teach
    History - Hear about China’s history from your host grandparents

Chengde

Learning Chinese in Chengde is very different to studying Mandarin in a group in Shanghai or a Chinese semester in Beijing. At our school in Chengde there is no international student community, no after class dinners and no lunch club where students eat together and socialize. All life is local Chinese only and your friends will be exclusively Chinese. Living with a homestay is a great way to quickly have a home base, meet locals and of course discover real Chinese life. In Chengde 95% of our students choose to live with a homestay.

The Apartments

All apartments are modern and fully furnished. You will have your own bedroom and either a shared or private bathroom with a western style sit down toilet. Your bedroom will be spacious with a desk and wardrobe for you to use. The kitchen, living room and all other common areas are shared with your host family. WIFI and all other bills are already included in the price.

Life in a homestay

Life in a Chinese family is usually mainly about eating big meals together, visiting relatives and organizing weekend outings. Every family is different, but popular weekend trips are visiting one of the imperial parks in the city, go hiking in the mountains or join friends or relatives for a meal. In a Chinese family dinner is the highlight of the day and a meal usually consists of several meat and vegetable dishes. Beware though as healthy home cooked Chinese food is incredibly tasty, you might be quite disappointed when eating westernized Chinese food in a Chinese restaurant back home after studying in China. If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know and we can organize accordingly.

Each family is of course different and while some are a whole clan living together in a big house ranging from grandparents to toddlers, others are just a married couple with one child that either still lives with them or has already moved out.  There is no one size fits all approach to homestays and matching you with the right family is what we are best at. We will ask you about your preferences, from pets, children, non-smoking habits, age preferences etc. and based on this find the perfect family for you.

Chengde Homestay Prices (Chinese Yuan)

Prices already include all bills, WiFi and other expenses. Like with all LTL programs, there are no hidden or additional fees. We do NOT charge any registration or accommodation finding fees, no high season surcharges or anything like this. You will pay exactly what is listed here and not one cent more.

PLEASE NOTE – All prices in in Chinese Yuan/Renminbi

Duration Breakfast & dinner All meals
2 weeks 5,510 6,229
3 weeks 8,024 8,864
4 weeks 10,388 11,508
8 weeks 18,458 20,698
12 weeks 24,600 27,960
13-52 wks 2,050/wk  2,330/wk

 

What Our Students Say

Gibson  Testimony for LTL
Gibson
USA
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My host family were fantastic, not just for my Chinese but in looking after me. The biggest lesson I have learnt in China is to just go for it. No-one in China is standing still, everything is always moving, always shifting, and if you want something, just do it!

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Jamie Testimony for LTL
Jamie
USA
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My homestay was the best! They were amazing! They were like my second family. I liked it when Shushu cooked; he makes the best food. I was originally supposed to stay in Chengde for a month and then I ended up staying for four!

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Frequently Asked Question

How will I find my homestay?

With the Chengde survival kit our coordinator will pick you up from the train station and bring you to your homestay. The Chengde survival kit is already included in our Chinese Immersion programs, multi-city Chinese courses and most of our gap year programs.

Can I choose a Teach English Homestay in Chengde too?

We do not recommend Teach English Homestays for an immersion program because as you will be teaching English, it will therefore not be a complete Mandarin immersion experience anymore. However, if this is financially the only way possible for you to do this, we can organize Teach English Homestays in Chengde too. The price will then be 50% discounted for teaching 6h of English a week to family member.

What about laundry?

Your family will either do your laundry for you or you will have access to the laundry machine to use yourself. Both options are of course free of charge.

Is there enough to eat?

Oh yes there is! You will be a guest and treated as such. That means plenty of food for every meal. If you want to watch your waistline and not eat as much, please let us know in advance so we can talk to the family. Home cooked Chinese food in general is very healthy and light, but if you try to finish all food that is served at every meal then you might risk putting on a few extra kilos.

How will we communicate?

You will communicate in Mandarin of course. Depending on how much Chinese you learned beforehand either at home or in a Chinese course in Beijing or Shanghai you might use an electronic Chinese dictionary like Pleco, hand gestures or simply point at things. Our homestay families are very experienced and used to this. They will most likely have a translation software ready too. Your Chinese lessons will also focus on teaching you the language skills needed for daily life at home.

Should I choose all meals or just breakfast/dinner?

This is up to you. Eating at home for lunch is very convenient and the best food in China is always home cooked, so the all meals homestay option is very popular. If you however prefer to go out for lunches during your breaks with your teacher then this is not a problem at all either.

Do I need to bring bedding or towels?

No you don’t. Bedding and towels will be provided. Also, even though it is little known outside China, Chengde is still a bit city with half a million people living there. Buying toiletries and daily necessities is not a problem and much easier than carrying your own stuff half around the world with you.

Can I book a homestay without a course?

No, unfortunately you cannot. Our homestays are very popular and we are regularly booked out. It takes a lot of time to organize and manage homestays, so we reserve our homestays exclusively for our students.

How long can I book a homestay for?

You can book a homestay for anything from one week up to a whole year. The longer you stay, the cheaper it gets.

Will I get a key?

Yes of course you will get a key to the apartment. You come and go as you please, however if you will miss dinner, spend the night camping on the Great Wall or travel to Beijing for the weekend, please let your family know. You can also lock your own room if you want to.

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