CLE's elective class

Hosted by: Chinese_Language_Education


Event Description

We know that your Chinese immersion program is not just about studying Mandarin. So, CLE arranges many electives and student activities that are both fun and help students learn more about Chinese language and culture. Some of the activities currently offered include: Chinese Massage, Mahjong, Calligraphy, Chinese Traditional Music, Chinese Chess, Martial Arts (Tai Chi and Kung Fu), Chinese Art (painting and drawing), Chinese Traditional Medicine, Chinese Cooking, Feng Shui and much more. All elective courses are offered at no charged to Gold Package students. Other students are able to attend elective events for a small fee per event.

Our more popular elective events include:

Chinese Massage

Chinese massage, also called tuina, is an oriental bodywork therapy that has been used in China for 2,000 years. Tuina uses the traditional Chinese medical theory of the flow of Qi, or air, through the body as its basic therapeutic principle. Through the application of massage and manipulation techniques, Tuina seeks to establish a more harmonious flow of Qi allowing the body to naturally heal itself.


The history of mahjong can be traced back to the latter part of 1890 to Ning Po, China. As the game spread through China, different regions adopted the game, each with its own unique set of rules. In general, Mahjong is a fast-paced game of strategy and luck, and some of the objectives can be compared to the western game rummy.


Regarded as the most abstract and sublime form of art in Chinese culture, "Shu Fa" (calligraphy) is often thought to be most revealing of a person's personality. During the imperial era, calligraphy was used as an important criterion for selection to the imperial court. Unlike other visual art techniques, all calligraphy strokes are permanent and demand careful planning and confidence. These were also considered to be the skills required for a successful administrator.

Chinese Traditional Music

The Zheng, commonly known as Guzheng (pronounced "Goo-Jeng") is a plucked string instrument that is part of the zither family. It is one of the most ancient Chinese musical instruments, and is mentioned in documents written in the Qin dynasty (before 206 BC). Zheng is the forerunner of Japanese koto, Korean kayagum, Mongolian yatag, and Vietnamese dan tranh. The "Gu" in Guzheng, also reflects the instruments long history, as its meaning in Chinese is "ancient."

Chinese Art

Chinese ink and water painting is one of the most sacred forms of traditional Chinese art. It is one of the four basic skills and disciplines studied and developed by the Chinese literati. The four basic disciplines include: Shufa (calligraphy), Hua (painting), Qin (a string musical instrument), and Qi (a strategic, chess-like board game).

Martial Arts (Tai Chi)

The goal of Tai Chi is to lead natural Qi (air) into the human body by breaking through baihui and yongquan (acupuncture points). The results of natural Qi's circulation inside the human body include: great improvement of health, equilibrium of Ying and Yang, development of moral character, and coordination of internal energy and external movements. The magical nature and unique functions of Tai Chi have become widely accepted and pursued by people of different counties.

Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine is one of the great medical systems of the world, with an unbroken tradition going back to the 3rd century BC. Throughout its history it has continually developed in response to modern medical diagnostic techniques and knowledge. This complete system, including herbal therapy, acupuncture, dietary therapy and exercises in breathing and movement (taichi and qigong), is capable of treating a very wide range of conditions.

Chinese Cooking

Chinese cuisine has a long history and is considered one of the great Chinese cultural treasures. It is famous all over the world. Chinese cooking has developed and matured over centuries, forming a rich cultural content. Chinese dishes appeal to the senses through color, shape, aroma and taste. They are characterized by fine selection of ingredients, precise processing, particular care to the amount of heat used, and substantial nourishment. Local flavors and specialty dishes have formed according to regions, local products, climate, historical factors and eating habits. The CLE Chinese Cooking elective is great for those interested in cooking and would like to learn more about Chinese food.

Feng Shui

Feng Shui is an ancient art related to the law and order of the universe and the power of nature. It was first developed some 6,000 years ago. It's a system based on the elements of astronomy, astrology, geology, physics, mathematics, philosophy, psychology and intuition, which trigger awareness of the relationship between human beings and nature.

Jianwai SOHO B-1003
(39# Dong San Huan Zhong Lu,Chaoyang District,Beijing)
Tel:5869 5800



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