China Institute Online Learning and Virtual Programs 2020

China Institute will maintain our virtual programs and classes through the end of 2020. The goal is to return to in-person learning and events in Q1 (Spring) of next year in accordance with the guidance and recommendations of the CDC and NYC and NYS Departments of Health and Education. The Institute continues to provide all of our language, literature, art and music classes online, as well as free virtual public programs and art-focused resources to advance our mission to educate about China, especially during this pivotal time when it is most needed.

See below to find out how to access courses, programs, and content online for children and adults, and learn how you can support and stand with China Institute.

Public Programs

Pieces of China

Pieces of China is an online series using objects to tell the story of China. Every week, we will live-stream a 15-minute episode with experts, thought leaders, and friends, who will share objects, places, and ideas—personal or culturally significant—that combine to build a unique picture of modern China.

A Taste of China

A Taste of China
A Taste of China

The Forbidden City at 600

Architecture of the Celestial Empire
Virtual Workshops for Families
The Private Life of the Qianlong Emperor
Virtual Workshops for Families 2

Meet the Artist

Architecture of the Celestial Empire
Virtual Workshops for Families

China Institute Executive Summit 2020

Executive Summit 2020

Beyond COVID series

Language Classes for Adults and Children

China Institute offers a variety of classes for both adults and children

Lunch and Learn
Art Projects and Videos for Children

Mandarin Storytime:

Select books for kids, read in Mandarin for kids, by our educators


Interactive art projects featuring a bit about Chinese history and tradition, via the China Institute Gallery.

Supporting China Institute

China Institute opened in 1926 and we have weathered many challenges in our nearly 100 years of service to our growing family. Our mission remains strong: to teach Americans about China through our pillars of Chinese arts & culture, business, and education. We will continue to live this vision no matter the medium, and on every platform through which our community has gathered to share, grow, and learn together.

Please consider donating to China Institute to support our vital mission and advance cross-cultural understanding between the U.S. and China.>>

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