What To Do During Chinese New Year In Shanghai?

It is that time of the year where every Chinese person seems to be on the move. The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring festival i.e. the Lunar New Year. This year's Chinese New Year will take place between the 4th and 10th  of February to prelude the year of 'the pig'. As [...]

Chinese Superstitions in the 21st Century

“Where’s floor number 4?” Every country has its own superstitions, often closely related to cultural events and holidays. In many western countries, the superstitions stem from folklore, and are not specific to any country. We all know that breaking a mirror gives 7 years of bad luck, or a black cat crossing the [...]

The Marriage Market in Shanghai

Meet Market with Chinese Characteristics  A mention of the Shanghai People's Park marriage market, known in Chinese as the Rénmín Gōngyuán Xiāngqīn Jiǎo 人民公园相亲角, is likely to elicit more than a few raised eyebrows from foreign visitors.  After all, amidst all the international brands and skyscrapers, the whole idea seems rather anachronistic. In fact, it's [...]

Chinese Zodiac 2018: The Earth Dog

Every Dog Has Its Day...and Year! Are you a Dog (Person)? First, a quick refresher. The Chinese zodiac (shēngxiào, 生肖) is a system where one of twelve animal signs is assigned to each year. In turn, each person is said to possess some of the characteristics of the animal from their birth [...]

By |February 16th, 2018|Chinese Culture, Fun Facts, Holidays and Festivals|0 Comments

Spring Festival at a Glance

A Quick Guide to China's Most Important Holiday The Chinese New Year, known in Chinese as chūnjié 春节 (literally "Spring Festival") is fast approaching. Since it follows the traditional Chinese lunar calendar it's also sometimes known as the Lunar New Year. This is why every year it falls on a slightly different date according to the [...]

Christmas Potluck Charity Bash

It's The Most Magical Time Of The Year On December 9th, Hutong School hosted a Christmas Potluck Charity Bash with local Shanghai charity, Giving Tree. It was a night filled with amazing people, delicious food, awesome prizes, and a great cause. We appreciate everyone that came out that night to join us and [...]

By |December 27th, 2017|Food, Holidays and Festivals, Hutong School|0 Comments

Experience the winter wonders of Harbin

Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival Paris of the orient China is so much more than Shanghai, and Beijing. With the biggest population on earth, China offers more diversity than any other country. In this blog post we’ll be introducing one of the most beautiful places in China (And coldest). Way up north, in [...]

Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival

Honouring An Ancient Tradition With Mooncakes Among Friends And Family Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival - 中秋节 With the long hot summers slowly coming to an end, autumn begins to show its face, bringing cooling winds and rainy days to prepare us all for the upcoming winter. In the Western world autumn is [...]

Hutong School Throws 12th Anniversary Birthday Bash

We're Ready To Kick Off Our 13th Year On July 29th, 2017 Hutong School hosted a Block Party in honor of our 12th Anniversary. It was a day filled with entertainment, cultural activities, food, and drinks, and raffle prizes. We were honored that the Shanghai community came out to join us and raised a [...]

By |August 9th, 2017|Holidays and Festivals, Hutong School|4 Comments

2 Cultures Meet For A Wedding

Avoiding the Divorce of Cultures During an Intercultural Marriage With the union of man from a western culture and a woman from a Chinese culture, the question is, how do both of the traditions fit? Does the couple lean more towards one culture or do they find a good balance of both traditions? Here is [...]