Established in 2006, Tenwest Mandarin School offers international students in Kunming access to an award-winning faculty and a variety of courses and curriculum to meet every student's unique needs.

Accessible by K18, 61, 79, 91, 96, 119, 236, 167,228, Z1 buses, get off Linyu Qiao Stop (霖雨桥站), or by Kunming Metro Line 2, get off Linyu Qiao Station and use Exit A.

Courses offered

• Intensive Chinese for all skill levels
• Intensive Chinese utilizing the Total Physical Response (TPR) and Growing Participator Approach (GPA) methods
• Business Chinese
• Survival Chinese (four week course)
• Part-time classes
• Online Mandarin
• In-home Mandarin instruction
• Mandarin for children ages 5-16
• Special subjects instruction in calligraphy, Chinese history, Chinese chess and various Chinese musical instruments
• HSK Test Preparation Courses.

Chinese cultural activities

• During every Chinese festival we will hold a special party, to let our students experience the unique cultural practices of China
• Various other Chinese cultural activities


Small group classes numbering three students or more: 4,900 yuan per semester with a student visa provided. These courses are packed with exciting activities, which can include trips to local markets and visits with Chinese families.

Other services offered

• Student visas are available for all full time students
• Dependent visas for student family members also can be arranged
• Accommodation assistance can be provided for all of our students
• Free coffee and drinks
• Airport pick-up

For more information visit the Tenwest website or contact us by phone

Listing info
  • NameTenwest Mandarin School
  • Address288 Linyu Lu, Jianianhua Commercial Center (Carnival), Building A, Office 805, Kunming
  • MOBILE13759190098
  • Phone(0871) 65747722
  • FAX(0871) Email:
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Tenwest Mandarin School • 288 Linyu Lu, Jianianhua Commercial Center (Carnival), Building A, Office 805

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The school says that they have a very good method but teachers don't prepare classes, just ask to say what i look on a picture, again and again.

No activities, no teaching method, no use of the technology, and every class is very boring.



I have been a student at Ten West since coming to China in 2016. (totalling three years) From the very beginning working with Ten West has been incredibly smooth.

Albert (the owner) is extremely accommodating and has a lot of experience dealing with foreigners, both in terms of what it takes to get all the paperwork sorted out to get here, as well as dealing with foreigners' expectations and ways of learning.

Thankfully, my family have not needed to go to hospital in China, but on many occasions that I know of, Albert has been there when foreigners have needed emergency care and has gone the extra mile.

The teachers are all friendly, patient and willing to work with your personal ways of learning and individual goals.

For the first year, I gained a lot from doing the GPA method, and since then I studied HSK 4 materials and guided the lessons according to my own interests. Mainly using stories, graded readers and discussing current events etc...

An additional asset of Ten West is the cultural events they put on through the year, which mainly covers the major holidays like Autumn Festival and Spring Festival. A few months ago, Albert organised a camping trip which was great fun and again Albert went the extra mile in looking after his student's safety and needs.

Ten West is located near a subway station in the north of the city. In my opinion, the north of Kunming is much nicer than the West and is obviously cheaper to live in than the centre but still has everything you need.

Basically, I can assure you Ten West is not some kind of "rip off school", just looking for your money and giving you a shoddy experience.

Consequently, I can heartily recommend Ten West as a place to learn the amazing language that is Mandarin.


I am young learner at Tenwest and really enjoy my lessons. No matter your level, the teachers always teach at level that you can follow. The teachers are very kind and break down the Chinese step by step in order for you to learn well. I have learnt so much from Tenwest and within a year I am now able to hold conversations in Chinese, thanks to my teachers.


We relocated as a family to Kunming one year ago and Tenwest has been instrumental in helping each member of the family not only progress in our language skills but also have given us cultural insight and valuable assistance in adapting to everyday life in China. The teachers are friendly and engaging. They are quickly able to establish levels of proficiency and pitch engaging lessons at just the right level. As a teacher myself, I know how vital this is.

Our family has benefited so much from Tenwest. If you are looking for a family friendly school that will progress not only yourselves but also your children in Chinese proficiency, then Tenwest is absolutely the right school for you.


I was a little apprehensive about learning Chinese full time, not being an academic person, but I have learned so much in just a few weeks. The teachers are so well skilled in aiding learning, thanks to flexibility according to individual learning styles. The school is extremely well-run, affordable, friendly and response times to emails etc. is very fast. Learning here is so good, it's an absolute pleasure.