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That's Mandarin, Shanghai, China


Rating: 4.7/5.0

Wuding Road No. 881, Bldg 1, 5/F - 200040 Shanghai - see on map
That's Mandarin

What we like about the school

  • Located in the heart of the city with beautiful panoramic views of the area from the school terrace.
  • Unlimited free beverages including tea, coffee and water.
  • Small class sizes
  • E-learning platform.
  • For chain schools: Same conditions for waiving the inscription fee also apply if the student has booked at another school of the same school chain.
How we create the points regarding what we like/dislike about a school

Location: That's Mandarin Shanghai is located in the bustling metropolis of Shanghai, on China's central coast. The biggest city in China, Shanghai is a place like no other. The school is housed in a modern and spacious building in the Jing'an District, surrounded by amenities, convenience stores, some supermarkets and various shops. There are links to public transport and several attractions and sites of interest nearby. Such attractions within walking distance include the Jing'an Temple, Jing'an Park, and several commercial shopping centres.

Getting around: That's Mandarin Wuding Road campus is around 10 minutes from line2 Jing An temple station, and a 5-minute walk from line 7 Changping Road station.

Course selection: That's Mandarin Shanghai provides courses suitable for students of all levels. In addition to General Chinese courses taught in groups or privately, the school also provides junior (immersion/day/tuition only) programmes during the summer and winter months. HSK Exam Preparation courses are also available at this school.

Social and cultural: The greatness in the size and population of Shanghai really makes it impossible to see everything! It is for this reason that That's Mandarin Shanghai are happy to assist students in their social and cultural arrangements. Some of the most popular attractions in Shanghai include many museums, parks and green spaces.

School facilities: The school has extensive modern facilities in downtown Shanghai. There is a terrace with great views over the downtown area. All classrooms have ample natural light, creating an optimal learning environment.
  • The language school That's Mandarin was founded in Shanghai, China in 2005.
  • Legal name / parent company: Shanghai Sidaorui Culture & Communication Co.,Ltd
  • Tax registration ID: 91310106574180290W

Chinese Courses

General Language
Online Courses
Information for all courses offered by That's Mandarin
Comments about courses

CNY 500 fee for any changes the student wants to make after signing up.

Textbook for total beginners costs CNY 200/book, 7 books in total.

Lesson duration
50 minutes
School's administrative fee
500.00 CNY
Course material
Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.
Days without class
In 2023 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan. 2023, 21 Jan. 2023 - 27 Jan. 2023, 05 Apr. 2023, 01 May 2023, 22 Jun. 2023, 29 Sep. 2023, 01 Oct. 2023 - 06 Oct. 2023.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Full number of lost classes are made up
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place at the school on the first day of the course.

Lessons needed per Chinese language level

Level (CEFR)Level descriptionsLESSONS needed per levelWEEKS needed
(20 lessons per week)
A1BeginnerNo knowledge, or an understanding of only a very few basic words/phrases.A1 to A224012
A2ElementaryCan understand and speak about simple topics: i.e. family, shopping, hobbies.A2 to B148024
B1IntermediateCan speak about future and past events, give reasons and explanations for a situation.B1 to B254027
B2Higher IntermediateCan speak about abstract topics, produce clear detailed text on many subjects.B2 to C160030
C1AdvancedCan use language flexibly and effectively.C1 to C266033
C2ProfiencyCan express himself/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely.
Data above gives some guidance. For more details consult our page How long does it take to learn a language or reach a specific level.

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Internet access and use of school computers
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test before arrival
  • INCLUDED Elearning platform
Note: All courses offered by That's Mandarin, Shanghai can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net at a lower price than what you pay when booking directly at the school or at the school's website. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

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That's Mandarin

Accreditations and Quality seals
Preferential Terms in Case of Visa Refusal
Chinese teacher qualifications
100% hold a university degree
100% hold a recognised language teaching qualification
Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school)
First day of course
Written and oral level test is performed. Students should arrive at 8:50
Student gender mix:
65% male / 35% female
School Size
Combine courses at different That's Mandarin chain schools and save
That's Mandarin will charge their administration fee only once on your first booking.
Combine courses at these schools: That's Mandarin (Beijing), That´s Mandarin (Shenzhen). Just mention in the comments field of our online registration form that you have also booked classes at another school from the chain.
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at That's Mandarin and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
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General school facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Drink vending machine

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Lounge

  • Rooftop terrace

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Free coffee

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Free parking

  • Non-smoking (all indoor areas, but not all outdoor areas of school)

  • Tourist information

  • Assistance with entrance ticket purchases

  • Assistance with reservations for restaurants, bars, clubs

  • Assistance with organizing transportation

  • Laundry (paid)

  • Dry cleaning (paid)

  • Ironing service (paid)

  • Babysitter (paid)

  • Facilities for islamic students

    • Available area to pray at the school

    • Halal food offered at the school

  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in all classrooms

    • Air conditioning in all classrooms

    • Heating in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 20
    Number of public PC workstations: 20

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
Adult courses - In summer: 400
Adult courses - Throughout the year: 300
Junior courses - In summer: 100
Junior courses - Throughout the year: 40
Minimum age of students
18 years
7 years for specific Junior courses
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 9
Adult courses Throughout the year: 9
Junior courses In summer: 6
Junior courses Throughout the year: 6
Average age of students
In summer: 18 years
Throughout the year: 35 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Optional airport transfer
Shanghai Pudong International Airport:
500 CNY one way
1000 CNY return (both ways)
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport:
500 CNY one way
1000 CNY return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is Hongqiao International Airport.
More information about airports around Shanghai and how to get from the airport to Shanghai on your own here on our Shanghai page.

Visa Documents

Nationals from Thailand require a visa to enter and study in China.
Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Nationals from countries that require a visa will receive documents from the school, related to booking confirmation, which is required for the visa application.
School fee for issuing the visa documents:
1000 CNY
Full payment of all fees required before school dispatches documents required for visa application
Express shipment fee (via courier)
600 CNY
Free shipment via regular mail
Preferential cancellation terms in case of visa refusal
School agreed that students booking online on this site will benefit from preferential cancellation fees in case of visa refusal, and in this case will never exceed EUR 180.

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Basketball-1 km
Dancing-1 km
Diving-5 km
Football (soccer)-1 km
Golf-5 km
Horse riding-8 km
Ice Hockey-
Music-1 km
Sailing-30 km
Skiing-30 km
Swimming1 km
Table Tennis-1 km
Tennis-5 km
Windsurfing-20 km
Yoga0.5 km

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities


Adults - Paid activities

Monthly activities, unit price between 50CNY/person to 200CNY/person

Junior - Free activities


Junior - Paid activities





Rating: 4.7/5.0

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That's Mandarin, Shanghai
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Rating: 4.3/5.0

Location of the school

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Social activities

Rating: 4.0/5.0

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Shared Flat (apartment)
Student opinions about That's Mandarin, Shanghai
The teachers are all really friendly and helpful. With the help of the App, course material can also be worked on online. In addition, the material is always printed out after the lesson. At the beginning of each lesson there is a small repetition, which I personally find very good, because this strengthens what has been learned. Every question, including organizational questions, was thoroughly dealt with and answered. Although you are not the only student in the school, concerns were dealt with attentively and quickly, so that no questions remained unanswered. This applies both to the lessons themselves, as well as to the organizational aspects (e.g. app access, etc.). The location is great, directly at the Jing'n Temple metro station.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Not necessary. Everything you should not miss will be told to you on site. Even if you join already existing groups, you will be warmly welcomed and introduced. There is a really pleasant and harmonious atmosphere both in the break room (Mandarin Café) and in the classroom, where everyone belongs in their own way. This is really not a matter of course.
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Other comments: I am really very happy to have chosen this school. At the beginning I was not sure at which level my language skills were. But already after 1 day my courses were adjusted so that they were perfect and individually tailored to me. In unclear cases just talk to the teachers, they always do their best to put together the ideal package for everyone. So in the end I had a mixture of part-time and full-time and 1 on 1 classes. So if you can't decide what to choose, just talk to the teachers. It can always be customized afterwards. This flexibility is really not a matter of course for language schools. Also, emails or inquiries were answered quickly.
Course: Intensive Group - 3 weeks
30. Apr. 2018
Friendly, helpful, clean, drinks available.
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Shared Flat (apartment)


Course: Intensive Group - 1 week
21. Jan. 2020


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Questions and answers about That's Mandarin

  • The accommodation is close to the school. The students, teachers and supervisors will be going to the school together. There will always be a 24/7 supervisor with the students.
    Lisze, from That´s Mandarin - Mar 16, 2023
  • The parents will have direct communication with the supervisors, who will connect with the parents regularly. Our supervisors, teachers and supporting staff are available to coordinate issues on site and the children can talk with their parents after the classes.
    Lisze, from That´s Mandarin - Mar 16, 2023
  • The difference between Full Camp and Homestay Camp programs is primarily in accommodation: it's a hotel room for Full Camp, and a room with a homestay family for Homestay Camp. Besides that, there's also a difference in the evening activities. With Full Camp, students will spend more time with other campers and they will have some activities together in the evening. With Homestay Camp, students will spend the evenings with their local hosts, getting a chance to know them and learn the local ways of life.
    Lisze, from That´s Mandarin - Mar 16, 2023
  • We test students' levels one month before they start, to make sure that all kids and teenagers are not only separated by their age group, but also by their Chinese level. If there are no suitable group classes available, his/her class duration will change from 3 group classes to 2 private classes per day.
    Lisze, from That´s Mandarin - Mar 16, 2023

FAQ about That's Mandarin, Shanghai

  • If you choose to book the full camp for students under 18 years, with course + accommodation, said students are supervised 24/7 during their stay.
    Lisa Lebret, language travel agent from France - Mar 29, 2022
  • The accommodation Homestay is the most popular among all our clients of That's Mandarin
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Shanghai Pudong International Airport (500 CNY), Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (500 CNY)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at That's Mandarin varies from 1 students (One-to-One Lessons for Kids) to 10 students (Summer Camp - Class Only Camp)
  • 100% of teachers at That's Mandarin hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at That's Mandarin comes from USA with a 27% representation, followed by students from England (20%) and Germany (15%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • That's Mandarin offers courses from 7 years (One-to-One Lessons for Kids, 4 lessons per week) to 99. Average age is 18 during the summer and 35 for the rest of the year.


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