Connecting you to China, Mandarin and cross-cultural tourism

The Tourism Confucius Institute is the world’s first and only Confucius Institute with an emphasis on tourism.

We offer a range of exciting short courses for government, industry and the wider community to promote Chinese learning, as well as a better understanding of Chinese people and their culture.

Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced learner, you can choose from our popular courses, including General Chinese, Tourism Chinese and Business Chinese.

Special trial offer: Free Basic Chinese 1 classes*

Griffith staff and postgraduate students can enrol in any scheduled Tourism Confucius Institute Group course free of charge. Contact us to register.

We also offer after-school classes, programs for school students and test preparation workshops for Chinese proficiency exams.

The Tourism Confucius Institute is not involved in teaching or curriculum design for any University undergraduate or postgraduate degrees.

The Institute also plays no role in commissioning research.

Its teaching activities are done under the direction of a senior Griffith academic and, in many cases, in partnership with community organisations.

The Tourism Confucius Institute is a partnership with the Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters in China.


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Featured courses

Our courses help promote Chinese culture and language through education.

Cultural programs

China has one of the world’s oldest and most fascinating cultures.

In order to provide people with a better understanding of the country, we host a range of cultural programs for schools, university students, industry and the wider community.

Join us for MOON LIGHT NIGHT on Saturday 12th October from 4.00-9.00 pm in the heart of Southport's Chinatown between Young and Davenport Streets.  Moon Light Night will have a modern twist on the traditional harvest festival celebrated during the full moon, featuring a light show at 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm, illumination theming, food stalls, kids' activities, table tennis, a lane way bar and loads of cultural entertainment. You will also enjoy free live music with South Korean YouTube sensation Baby Shark, giving two live performances at 4.30 pm and 6.00 pm. Hope to see you there!

The TCI is on tour and offering Chinese traditional music performances featuring the Pipa, Guzheng, Dizi, Xiao, Erhu and Bawu. If you are interested in booking this fabulous show please send an email to This offer is valid until October 2019!

Our group Chinese language classes for Term 3 began on 2 September 2019. Private lessons are also available at any time upon request. For questions regarding our courses please contact Ms Shuang Wu for Nathan classes and Mr Frank Fang for Gold Coast classes.

The Nathan Campus and Gold Coast Campus Chinese Clubs are open to all levels of Chinese speakers, from beginning to advanced. Please contact Phoebe Huang for the Nathan group and Niki Zhang for the Gold Coast group for meeting days, time and venues.

Asian Culture Day at Somerset College

Chinese Culture Shared at the Global Village Festival

The TCI Presents their Chinese Traditional Music Tour at Livingstone Christian College

Debut of TCI Chinese Traditional Music Tour at Marsden State High School

The Tourism Confucius Institute at the International Café Multicultural Event

Chinese Culture Day at St Lawrence's College

The Tourism Confucius Institute’s Fifth Chinese Gourmet Festival

The TCI's Chinese Cultural Day for Sheldon College

Chinese Cultural Day at Sheldon College

TCI Joins Juiced TV's Paddle for Kids Festival and Dragon Boat Race Day

Queensland Day 2019

Tenth Professional Development Seminar for Gold Coast Chinese Language Teachers

Griffith University Student Wins 18th Chinese Bridge Queensland Preliminary Competition

TCI Goes Camping With Emmanuel College

Importance of Learning Mandarin at Marsden State High School

TCI Highlights Chinese Culture at the Griffith University Multicultural Week

TCI Flies High at the Brisbane Kite Festival

First 2019 Meeting of Nathan Campus Chinese Club

TCI Pipa Performance at the Australian Chinese Youth Association

Harmony Week 2019

The TCI Celebrates Chinese New Year at the German Club Gold Coast

The Tourism Confucius Institute Welcomes the Year of the Pig in Southport’s Chinatown

Video highlights from the TCI Fourth Chinese Gourmet Festival Banquet

TCI presents Painting Exhibition 'INFINITY ACROSS THE OCEAN'

TCI offers Chinese courses for police officers

TCI at the 2018 Gold Coast Multicultural Festival

The Eighth Annual Gold Coast Chinese Teachers’ Professional Development Seminar

Wealth Paifang Completes Chinatown Precinct

2018 TCI Chinese New Year Concert and Phoebe's Pipa Special

Counsellor Xu Lin Visits the Tourism Confucius Institute at Griffith University

If you are Chinese and living abroad, we want to hear from you. Register with the TCI Cultural Ambassador Project to share your cultural talents and experiences with the local community. Click here to register

TCI also welcomes university students who are interested in Australia-China cultural exchange and language education to apply internships at TCI. Contact us for further information.

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