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Dragon Boat Festival or Duanwujie

The Dragon Boat Festival or Duanwujie is upon us! This traditional holiday that commemorates the famous Chinese Scholar Qu Yuan, known as China's first poet, takes places on the fifth day of the fifth month of the traditional Chinese lunar calendar. This date is also the source of the alternative name used to refer to [...]

Top 5 Places to Visit in Mainland China

Studying Chinese in Shanghai or Beijing for a couple of months offers the perfect opportunity to do some traveling to the top places to visit in Mainland China. Whether you’re taking Intensive Chinese Classes or doing an internship in one of these two cities, the travel possibilities for a fun weekend are endless!   Mount [...]

We are Hiring a Program Consultant in Beijing

As we keep growing, we are looking for a new colleague to work in Beijing to join our admissions team. The mission of the Program Consultant is to consult applicants on both the Intensive Chinese Program and the Internship Program through our brands Hutong School and Internship Network Asia. Do you think you have what [...]

The Untranslatables

Learning Chinese is a difficult task for many and when translating Chinese words into another language, people will inevitably bump into difficulties at a given point because some words don’t have a direct translation. This causes non natives to fail to grasp the exact meaning of the word and maybe even to fail to understand [...]

How to Survive as a Vegetarian in China

Being a vegetarian in China can be a struggle. When specifically asking the fuwuyuan for a dish without meat, more often than not there will always be some small pieces of meat sprinkled on top of your dish, even after they reassured you there was no meat in it. Knowing this, you would think [...]

By |May 4th, 2016|Food, Tips and Guides|5 Comments

How to do business in China: A Practical Language Guide

Last week we talked about the three concepts of time, mianzi (face) and guanxi (relationship) that are crucial to understand if you want to do business in China. Now that you know about the importance of these cultural and sociological ideas, let's get to business with this practical language guide. The Three Stages Greeting Business meetings [...]

Doing Business in China: A Cultural Guide

Solid economic expansion, coupled with a rapid market transformation and a series of government reforms, mean China -- the world's second-largest economy -- is no longer just a country for low-cost manufacturing. It is also an increasingly attractive destination to do business. -  CNN China is an increasingly attractive destination to do business indeed, [...]

We are Hiring a Program Consultant in Beijing

As we keep growing, we are looking for a new colleague to work in Beijing to join our admissions team. The mission of the Program Consultant is to consult applicants on both the Intensive Chinese Program and the Internship Program through our brands Hutong School and Internship Network Asia. Do you think you have what [...]

By |April 5th, 2016|Admissions and Logistics, Hutong School|0 Comments

Hutong School Moscow – The first classes and cultural activities have started

We’re happy to announce that the first classes and cultural activities have started at our Hutong School branch in Moscow and our new students love it! From learning Mandarin to getting familiar with some typical Chinese traditions such as chūnjié (春节 or Chinese New Year) and the art of dumpling making, our [...]

清明节 – Qing Ming Jie or Tomb Sweeping Holiday

Qing Ming Jie (also called Pure Brightness Festival or Tomb-Sweeping Day), a traditional Chinese festival that remembers past ancestors, is upon us! On the 4th of April, everything will revolve around cleaning and sweeping the graves of passed loved ones and remembering ancestors, but it's also a time for celebrating new life. Lao Guo has written an [...]

By |March 31st, 2016|Chinese Culture, Holidays and Festivals|0 Comments