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On 6/12/2019 at 12:14 AM, Jan Finster said:

Another idea I had was to ditch the whole "immersion" aspect this time (since December sounds suboptimal). Instead I could stay in Thailand at a beach and take online Chinese lessons for 4-6 hours a day and study 2-4 hours at the beach by myself. I wonder how inferior such a non-immersion trip would be (?) 

 

You're joking, right? That would be insane. Go to a beach in Thailand and study Thai. Or study nothing. Eat shrimp and drink beer. Work on your tan. Winter is high season there. Weather is ideal. 

 

December is not suboptimal at all for learning Chinese in China. It's the perfect time of year. 

 

Since you have climate issues, go to the lower part of Taiwan, as already suggested. Taichung or Kaohsiung would be perfect. 

 

 

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7 hours ago, abcdefg said:

go to the lower part of Taiwan, as already suggested. Taichung or Kaohsiung would be perfect. 

 

I have looked into Taichung and Khaosiung and they look really nice. I will also consider Tainan for a week or so. Thanks!

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I've only been as a tourist, but all three of those Taiwan cities really did appeal to me. 

 

 

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The problem with tutors and immersion is that the more immersive a place is (no or very small foreign community) the less likely you are to find a good (or any) experienced Chinese language tutor there. Good Chinese teachers are where there is work for them (and like everyone they get better with work experience - if there are no foreigners to teach, they dont get better), so that is no problem in the big centers like Beijing or Shanghai, but very difficult in smaller towns. You can get a graduate with English skills and enthusiasm - but that is not a real teacher (yet). We spend a lot of time and work training teachers in cities where there arent any (like Beihai or Chengde) or try to send them there from other cities (which is surprisingly difficult - the insistence of Chinese people to live in very big and expensive cities when they could have a much better quality of life with a good job in a smaller one puzzles me every time again). It is significantly harder (and more expensive) to provide good teaching quality in smaller cities than big ones.

So if you are looking for a free lance tutor, a big city will have a lot more to offer. Tutors there will have their own issues, but at least there is a market for them, as well as choices available.

Christmas is low season for pretty much all Chinese language teaching institutions on the mainland, so its actually a very good time to come to China to learn Mandarin. You might be able to get discounts (for example LTL offers -25% on all courses over Christmas).

 

For learning Chinese on a beach in Thailand, I think abcdefg's comment is spot on.

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