The Ancient Chinese Art of Feng Shui!

Your Pocket Guide to Feng Shui and its Principles Written by Juliette Pitt If you've been to China, then I'm sure you would have heard, or indeed seen examples of the Chinese art of Feng Shui (风水:fēngshuǐ). It is an art of arranging buildings, objects, and space in an environment in or outdoors to achieve [...]

By |November 10th, 2021|Chinese Culture, Fun Facts, Tips and Guides|0 Comments

The Geography of Chinese Cuisine!

The Geography of Chinese Cuisine - a trip around China! Written by Juliette Pitt If you have been to China, then you'll know that the Chinese cuisine does not just have one flavor. In fact, food in the south tends to be sweet, salty in the north, sour in the east and spicy in the [...]

Tea Customs in China: 3 Fun facts

Tea Customs in China: 3 Fun facts Written by Juliette Pitt If you've been to China, then I'm sure you would have noticed that Chinese people drink a lot of tea. It is a way of life. Like the Western saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away" in China they say, "one day [...]

3 Fun Facts about Chinese Kung Fu

A short lesson about Chinese Kung Fu Written by Juliette Pitt #Kung Fu and its history Chinese Kung Fu (martial arts or in Chinese 功夫- gōngfu) is a series of fighting styles which has developed over a long historical period in China. The earliest origins of Chinese martial arts have been traced back to prehistoric [...]

Here’s How To Play Chinese Chess

Guest Post by Ashlie Lopez Chinese chess is called Xiangqi And is played widely in china. The same family as the chaturanga, western chess, shogi, and Jogi, Chinese chess is also a two-player board game. Known as Xiangqi in the West, it is a widely played board game in China and is played widely worldwide. [...]

By |June 16th, 2021|Chinese Culture, Fun Facts, Tips and Guides|0 Comments

3 Top Tips on How to Haggle Like a Pro in China

How to master haggling in China? Written by Juliette Pitt I'm sure if you've been to China, you would have experienced haggling. Haggling is part of Chinese culture and like any great skill you might need some practice before you can master the art of it! So here are three top tips to help you [...]

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

Top 6 Bike Lane Personalities

They bring the whole spectrum of 酸甜苦辣(Suāntiánkǔlà; joys and sorrows) to your day in the space of your 15 minute commute. 一)The 奶奶  Her bike can be traced back to the 1960s. Riding with a surrounding metallic resonance, she manages to cycle slower than the local commuter walking on their ‘rush’ to work. [...]

By |November 28th, 2018|Categories, Fun Facts, Hutong School|0 Comments

The 10 People You’ll Meet in China

One of the things that makes life in China so interesting is the sheer diversity of people you meet on a daily basis. If you've spent any amount of time in China, you've undoubtedly run into one or more of these colorful characters... Beijing Taxi Driver 北京的哥侃爷 Hometown: Beijing Favorite Drink: Cheap green [...]

By |April 18th, 2018|Chinese Culture, Chinese Language, Fun Facts|2 Comments

Social Media in Chinese Pt. 2

You Call it Lurking, I Call it Web-Based Learning  Note: This article is the second in a two-part series. If you haven't seen part 1, we suggest you read that first. Hopefully, we've convinced you that if you're learning Chinese, all that time you spend staring at pictures of other people's avocado toast [...]