These are some of the most common questions we've
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    What is Huayi School?
Why study in China?
Where's Qingdao, China?
What are some legal questions - China Visa etc.
What programs are offered?
What will I learn?
When do classes start?
How long are the programs?
Are there any tests?
How many students are there?
What will I receive?
Where will I stay while in China?
What are your payment requirements?
How do I get around - transportation?
What's the weather like in Qingdao?
What can I do in my free time?
Places to visit during your stay in China.
What do I need to bring?
How's shopping in China?
What is the electricity in China?
Should I have any insurance?
How do I get money while in China?
What if I have other questions not answered here?

What is Huayi School?
Huayi Chinese Language School is a private school located in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China.  The school has been in operation since 2002 and is fully licensed by the Chinese Government.  To learn more look at About the School.
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Why study in China?
Sure, you can try and learn something from one of those $39.00 CD-ROMs but remember the saying - "You get what you pay for"!  If you truly want to learn Chinese, there's no better way to do it than to immerse yourself in the language, culture, and traditions of the country.  To learn more look at Why China.
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Where's Qingdao, China?
Qingdao is a beautiful seaside city in Shandong Province on the East Coast of China.  This well known holiday resort has many attractions for the visitor.  Once colonized by Germany, Qingdao has many nice examples of European architecture.  To learn more about Qingdao and the local attractions, visit our page on Qingdao.
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What are some legal questions - China Visa etc.
The biggest question is getting a visa to enter China.  It is your responsibility to obtain all of the necessary travel documents to travel to China.  Normally, a 30 day tourist (L) visa will be sufficient.  Once you are actually in Qingdao, you can apply for 30 day extensions to that visa, which currently cost ????.  To review all of our legal questions, look at Terms and Conditions.
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What programs are offered?
We offer programs which are designed for students entering at the Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate, or Advanced levels of proficiency.  We also offer programs based on Business or with the intension of taking/passing the Chinese Proficiency Test or HSK which is the Chinese equivalent to the American TOEFL exam.  For more specific information on programs offered, please see Programs.
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What will I learn?
Through group lessons, private lessons, or a combination of both you will learn to speak/read/write Chinese language at what ever level you feel necessary to meet your requirements and the reason you are studying Chinese language.
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When do classes start?
Most classes start every week.  If you are looking for a more specific and longer program, classes will start every month.  Contact us if you have specific requirements.
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How long are the programs?
The simplest and most basic class is one week in length.  Depending upon your individual needs and requirements classes vary from one to four weeks to as long as one to six months.
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Are there any tests?
Upon entering the school, you are given a very simple test to evaluate your current proficiency in Chinese language for placement purposes.  Of course, if you are a total beginner, the test won't be needed.  Tests are given during the program simply to be sure you are getting everything needed from the program.  Additionally, if your goal is to take/pass the HSK that is a government administered test.
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How many students are there?
The number of students actually attending classes varies during the year.  During the Winter months, the student number can fall to as low as 60.  In the peak, or Summer season, the number averages around 150 at one time.
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What will I receive?
In addition to an education and great learning experience, everyone completing one of our programs will receive a certificate of your demonstrated ability in Chinese Language.  If you take the HSK test, you will also receive the government Certificate of Chinese Proficiency.  Click here for examples.
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Where will I stay while in China?
There are several options for your accommodations while attending classes.  Generally, we handle each student individually and for short stays a local hotel is the best way to go.  If you plan to attend a longer program, we have apartments that are available or you may wish to try what is commonly referred to as a "home stay" with a local Chinese family.
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What are your payment requirements?
Payments can be made via a bank transfer or PayPal.  For the program a 10% deposit is required with full payment due at the class start date.  For accommodations, a 15% deposit is required with full payment due before moving in.  Once reservations have been made, the school start date can be changed with the approval of the school, however the accommodations date can not be changed without forfeiting the original down payment.
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How do I get around - transportation?
You'll probably want to do some walking to get around simply for the opportunity to "practice" your Chinese with the local people.  But besides that, both the bus and taxis are a very economical way to get around.  For example, the bus costs 1 Yuan and a taxi ride starts at 7 Yuan.
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What's the weather like in Qingdao?
Qingdao has four seasons.  The Summer is warm, humid, and rainy.  August is noted as the "best" month with an average temperature of 77f/25c and January is the coldest month with and average temperature of 30f/-1c.
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What can I do in my free time?
There are a number of attractions in Qingdao as well as some tours that can be arranged through the school or with a private tour company.  Don't waste a moment while here - there are so many things to do and see!  For more detailed information, see Qingdao.
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Places to visit during your stay in China.
You've certainly heard of some of the more famous things like The Great Wall, Forbidden City, pandas, and Shaolin Monks with their kung fu, but there's MUCH more to experience during your stay here.  Be sure to take advantage of every moment while your here!
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What do I need to bring?
Generally speaking, you can find almost everything here in Qingdao that you could buy in your home country.  An obvious exception would be any prescription medications you are required to take.  Although it is relatively easy to see a doctor and get a new prescription, it's best to bring your own.  Keep in mind the season that you will be arriving and bring appropriate clothing.  Keep in mind the electric power here and only bring electric/electronic items that you are sure will work in China.  As with everything about the school, if you have specific questions, just ask!
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How's shopping in China?
Generally speaking, if you can buy it in your country, you can probably find it somewhere here.  There are several foreign stores here including places like WalMart.  When it comes to "local" shopping, you will find that things are really cheap here compared to your home country.  Be ready to do lots of shopping for the folks back home (and yourself!).
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What is the electricity in China?
The electric power available everywhere in China is 220V 50HZ AC.  If you are bringing something from home, verify it will work here before you bring it.  Now days most electronic items are compatible, but check first!
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Should I have any insurance?
The school provides no insurance and recommends that you ensure you have whatever coverage you feel you may need.  This would include health/medical coverage and you may like to have some type of travel insurance.  These things are up to your discretion.  As a note, generally speaking it is very easy and cheep to see a local Chinese doctor and there is an International Hospital which most foreigners like to use. 
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How do I get money while in China?
Obviously you are going to need money for food, shopping, and any traveling you wish to do.  As a rule, everything you buy will be in Chinese RMB.  If you bring cash or travelers checks they can easily be exchanged at local banks.  The school can help you set up a bank account at The Bank of China and get you an ATM card that can be used in any large store.  There are some banks with ATM machines that may work with your credit card or ATM card from home. 
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What if I have other questions not answered here?
It is our policy to provide you with the best and most memorable experience that is possible.  Before, during, and after your attendance here, we will help you to the best of our ability.  Any questions you have - just ask!  Contact Us
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