End of a Decade, New Beginnings for the 2020 Metal Rat

2020 may have started in the West already, but in Asia and China, we’re not there yet. With Chinese New Year right around the corner, let’s take a look at the past decade and important developments that took place! 2010 On November 11, the ‘Singles Day of the Century” took place, raking [...]

By |February 1st, 2020|Chinese Culture, Holidays and Festivals|0 Comments

Guest Blog: 11 Common Chinese Slang Words

Have you ever found yourself thinking and wondering what somebody meant when he or she used a certain phrase? For instance, if your friend told you to “belt up”, what does he or she mean? Or if he or she said you are “cheeky”. Although these phrases are pure English and you are from the [...]

Celebrating Christmas in China

The year’s ending again, which means the holidays are right around the corner. You may be craving some good old family time, roast beef and Christmas ornaments to get in the mood, but you happen to not be at home? No worries, turns out (most) Chinese cities have the same on offer during this special [...]

By |December 26th, 2019|Chinese Culture, Holidays and Festivals, Tips and Guides|0 Comments

Don’t Get Ripped Off at the Market

Some of us have been living in China for decades, some of us for only a week. Either way, we have all been in that situation where we need to haggle and barter for something at some point. Want that Burberry scarf, but deciding that 100 Euro seems a tad excessive? Haggle with a guy [...]

By |November 28th, 2019|Chinese Culture, Tips and Guides|0 Comments

Guest Blog: 7 Things You Might Not Know About the Chinese Language

Many think that the Chinese language is one of the most difficult to learn. But the difficulty is relative. It depends on how much you want to learn Chinese and the methods you use for learning it. Many language schools provide formal lessons and several learning tools are available online. You just have to find [...]

By |November 8th, 2019|Chinese Culture, Chinese Language|2 Comments

Why Chinese People Drink Hot Water ( A Relatively Brief History)

Many would consider this an odd sight, it is a sweltering 40°C day and the sun is beating down, you reach for your bottle only to find it filled with boiling hot water. This might seem odd to those from Europe or America, but for those from China this is simply business as [...]

By |October 25th, 2019|Chinese Culture, Fun Facts|0 Comments

Qingdao: Beers, Beaches, and Nature Galore

Beers, beaches, and nature galore. Just a few wonderful things that Qingdao has to offer. With a population of more than 9 million, Qingdao is one of Shandong’s Provinces major cities. This also translates to a nice environment with enough things to do and see. Below we give you an idea what exactly there is [...]

Hutong School Alumni Stories: From Bonjour to 你好

This week we have a special interview from a former Hutong School student, Laura Lee. She launched her career when she began working at lg2 located in Montreal, Canada. 18 months later she was mandated to lead the web design team in Beijing, later bought by Altima°, a known leader in E-commerce. A part-time Digital Nomad, [...]

Hutong School Alumni Stories: From the Wild West to the Wild East

This week we have a special interview from a former Hutong School student, Michael Danahy. Originally from the United States and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. Michael took Hutong School's intensive language course for 3 months at the beginning of 2018 in Shanghai and will be attending graduate school to further [...]

Understanding Chinese Humour

“What are you laughing at?” I bet you’ve heard sayings such as “Laughter is the fastest way to connect two hearts”, or “Laughter is the best medicine” before. Humor and laughter is a big part of any culture, but can vary in format, and language. In Denmark, the humour is very dark like the [...]