Shanghai vs Beijing

Are you wondering whether to study Mandarin in Beijing or Shanghai? Lucky for you, Hutong School has Mandarin language schools in both, and to help you out, we’ve created a list of differences between the two cities.

Our Mandarin classes are of the same standard in both locations, so you don’t have to worry about your Chinese classes being better in one place versus the other. Read more about the quality of our Chinese teaching.




Modern, fast pacedCulture and history around every corner
Different areas are quite closeDifferent areas are spread out and far apart
Warmer wintersLess humid summers
Watertowns and The BundHouhai & Beihai lakes, Summer palace
French ConcessionHutongs
Xintiandi, Tianzifang, JingAnThe Village, Qianmen, 798
Yu garden, Confucious templeLama temple, Temple of Heaven and many more
International cuisine on every streetMore street food options
Rapidly expanding metropolisAuthentic China
XiaolongbaoPeking Duck
No Chinese necessaryChinese to communicate
Locals are more openLocals are guarded, political
China for beginnersMore local, traditional
Well kept subway systemGet around on tuk tuks


Taking the step towards studying Mandarin in China is already a big one, so hopefully this helps you choose which of our Mandarin schools to attend. Whichever city you choose, your experience will be unforgettable. We look forward to welcoming you to study Mandarin in Shanghai or Beijing at one of our Mandarin language schools soon!