Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) provides international education to expatriate children aged 2 - 18. Recognised as one of the top international schools and English schools in Beijing, YCIS Beijing's international curriculum through Kindergarten, Primary school, and Secondary school (IGCSE & IB) prepares students to become competent in English and Chinese, as well as internationally minded for a competitive future.


Coming Soon! Join YCIS Beijing’s Temple Fair

With the coming of the Chinese New Year, one of Yew Chung International School of Beijing’s biggest events is also just around the corner. The annual YCIS Beijing Temple Fair will be held on February 6 and promises to yet again be one of the highlights of the school year!

Featuring traditional Chinese performances, handicrafts, games and snacks, the Temple Fair also provides an opportunity for students to showcase their Chinese culture and language learning to the greater Beijing expat community.

Chinese Coordinators, and lead Temple Fair organisers, Jessica Sun and April Peng share more information about the upcoming activity, including the increased role of student leadership in this year’s celebration.

A Chance to Lead 

This year’s Temple Fair will see a number of changes from in years past, most significantly being that students will now take a leading role in the day’s performances. In past years, a professional troupe was invited to perform for the school, putting on routines such as Peking Opera and Face Changing shows. This year, however, Secondary students have spent weeks planning and rehearsing for their own Dragon Dance and Traditional Chinese Clothing Fashion Show.

Meanwhile, students have also been busy preparing booths to set up in the gymnasium that will feature games, food and handicrafts – all of which can be included as a part of their International Baccalaureate Diploma Program CAS requirements. After the Temple Fair concludes, students will then write reflections on their experience, including what they were able to teach younger students, and what they learned themselves.

Key Takeaways

In addition to learning about Chinese culture, one of the key takeaways for students is to develop an appreciation for the importance of commitment. If students want to achieve something in life, they should understand the commitment involved.

During the Temple Fair, students will need to remain positive and energetic for the entire day, interacting with many children and parents. Though it can be challenging to stand all day and communicate with people from a vast range of cultures and ages, students made the commitment to put on an event that will resonate with the YCIS Beijing community long into the future. Many things in life that create the biggest impact first require a great amount of dedication and commitment. We hope that students will come to understand and appreciate this.

The More the Merrier

Next month’s Temple Fair is open to YCIS Beijing parents, as well as to the wider Beijing expat community. As many families travel during the Spring Festival holiday and may not be able to attend a traditional Temple Fair outside in Beijing, they can still come to visit the YCIS Beijing Temple Fair, as it will be held the week before the New Year holiday.

The Temple Fair is a valuable activity for students and the greater expat community because it gives them an authentic Beijing experience. The fact that they can experience this kind of atmosphere and enjoy the activities, games, and snacks that Chinese people do is valuable for broadening their horizons. Learning through experience is one of the most effective ways of learning, and one that we strive to offer our students on a regular basis here at the YCIS Beijing.


YCIS Beijing Open Day

Join our Open Day on February 1 on the Yew Chung International School of Beijing campus to meet our Co-Principals, Noel Thomas and Christine Xu, and to learn more about our school's unique education model. Parents will have the opportunity to see the exciting changes that are happening all across our campus and visit our newly renovated Learning Communities.

While schools across the country continue to utilise enclosed classrooms and solo-teaching classroom models, a very different kind of learning space has taken shape to best accommodate 21st Century Learning. Created by award-winning education space design architects from Fielding Nair International (FNI), our Learning Communities are designed to facilitate interactive learning, develop a wide variety of “soft skills” in students, achieve better results, and support the unique YCIS Beijing model of co-teaching.

Immediately following the school tour, we would also like to invite interested parents to attend an information session for either our Early Childhood Education or Primary/Secondary School sections. Each information session will be hosted by their respective school section heads. Please see the event schedule below for more details.

Event Schedule

9:00 - 9:30 a.m. – Registration
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. - Co-Principals' Welcome Speech
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. - School Tour
10:30 - 11:10 a.m. - Early Childhood Education (Preschool/Kindergarten) Info Session OR Primary/Secondary School Info Session
11:10 - 11:30 a.m. - Admissions Info Session

RSVP by visiting our Yoopay page or by emailing

We look forward to seeing you there!

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