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Staying with a local family is definitely the best and fastest way to learn the Chinese language, understand Chinese culture and make Chinese friends! It is also suitable for foreign tourists who want to see eastern China and stay in Shanghai, a city that is constantly changing and developing.  As a fully integrated family member you will eat, cook, watch TV, shop, and experience day-to-day life with your host family. The family will provide you with a safe, clean and hospitable environment, and assist you in your transition to life in China! Meanwhile, you won't have to give up your privacy, as you will have your own space -- a private bedroom, most of the time with a private bathroom attached.

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The diffrents between “free Homestay”, “charged Homestay” and “HomeHotel”   The difference between “Free Homestay”“Charged Homestay” and “Homehotel”

Homehotel could be for almost for everyone, depending on the chosen Hotel you will be living all by yourself or sharing an apartment with up to 2 other lodgers.(Please see Homehotel/hotelstay page)

Charged Homestay is for those who have a fulltime school or job and have difficulty’s guaranteeing that they will be able to give lessens 5 days a week (usually after dinner), but would love to spent their free time interacting with a local family. The family expects you to take initiative in joining their family activities especially every evening when the whole family gets to getter after a day’s work and school. Furthermore the family hopes you will set a international environment for their children and that you help in bringing some sort of cultural exchange.
If you let them to, they would like to treat you as their family member, including you in daytrips, and day to day activities like going grocery shopping with them and spent day by day live as a family or at least as good friends.

Free Homestay is especially for those who like, and have the time for, a higher-level interaction with a local Chinese family. Besides everything mentioned under “charged homestay”, you are also required to teach them English or Japanese at least 5 hours a week. High-level interaction means that the families expect someone who is eager to spent much more time with them than just the 5 hours language training.
If you’re not interested in this kind of cultural immersion; you don’t want to experience the Chinese family live this way or if you simply don’t have the time, please consider our homehotel service.

Free homestay

You agree to teach family English or English Interaction with family 5 hours per week, You receive free accommodation in return.  
 Charge homestay

You pay rent(room fee) and if you like the family members will speak Mandarin to you in daily life in order to improve your Chinesel.

be a week Shanghaiese

as a family member you will eat, cook, watch TV,shop, and experience day-to-day life with your hostfamily.


Preliminary Instructions for Foreign Lodger in Hostfamily
1. You will follow the guidance of the host family to register in the proper Police Office during your stay.
2. Please communicate with the host family about the facilities, habits, and need of the family members. You could also propose your own demands and ask for advice from the family.
3. You agree to spend at least 5 hours per week exchanging language and culture with the host family. As a member of the family, please inform the host family in advance if you plan to come home late.
4. Please keep your room and public rooms clean and tidy, do not smoke without the permission of the host.
5. You are welcome to use facilities within the house, such as TV, microwave oven, washing machine, air conditioner, etc. If family allows, you could use family’s computer and telephone (only to make local calls). If you need to make long-distance calls and long distance calls, please use your own telephone card.
6. If permitted by the family, you can use the kitchen to cook your own meals.
7. Please use family facilities carefully and take care of your belongings
8. If permitted by the family, you may bring guests to the home

Preliminary Instructions for Hostfamily to Foreign Lodger