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 [...]

Why You Should Intern

Why internships are more than work experience Whether you’re just fresh from High school, or recently graduated from college, or even if you’re still a student, thinking about the real labor market can be scary.  Today's highly competitive labor market can be intimidating, especially when you just left (or are about to) the comforts of [...]

The Best Study Cafes In Shanghai

Whether you're a current student or you have studied before, we are all too familiar with trying to study and get some work done while being distracted by pretty much anything. These distractions can be disguised in many ways. Whether it be annoying siblings, nagging moms, friends or Netflix, it all results in us trying [...]

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 [...]

Traveling to Hemu, Northern Xinjiang

Hemu (禾木) is a village in the mountains of Altai, the area in the north of Xinjiang set between Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia. The valley where the village rises is crossed by the river Hemu, which is not far from where it mixes waters with the river Kanas. The inhabitants of Hemu are of Kazakh [...]

By |December 12th, 2018|Hutong School, Tips and Guides, Travel|0 Comments

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 8 Essentials For Your Trip To China

It’s hard to imagine daily life in a far-away country like China, especially if you have never been to Asia before. This might cause some difficulty when packing your suitcase. But not to worry, this blogpost will tell you the 8 essentials you’ll need for your trip abroad. 1. Backpack Let’s start [...]

By |October 3rd, 2018|Hutong School, Tips and Guides, Travel|2 Comments

10 Lesser Known Spots Beijing Locals Think You Should Go

Beijing off the Beaten Track Once you've seen the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, 798 and Nanluoguxiang, you'll probably want to dive a bit deeper into all that Beijing has to offer. With that in mind, this week we present a list of 10 lesser known Beijing attractions you should definitely [...]

By |September 5th, 2018|Tips and Guides, Travel|0 Comments

Guestblog: 5 Ways to Prevent Yourself From Feeling Overwhelmed While Learning Chinese

So you’ve taken the exciting step of learning Mandarin Chinese. You’ve got all your tools lined up: your phrasebook, dictionary, learning app, Youtube channels...the works. For the first couple of days, you rush headlong into your learning, and it seems to pay off quickly. You get a few words or basic phrases under your belt [...]

Yunnan’s Forgotten Nakhi Kingdom, Rediscovered

The Nakhi (also spelled Nashi or Naxi) first came to the attention of the Western world in the 1950s with the publication of Russian explorer Peter Goullart's travelogue "The Lost Kingdom". In it, Goullart describes his time living in Lijiang, the traditional cultural center of the Nakhi, during WWII. Of course, the region and [...]

By |July 25th, 2018|Chinese Culture, Tips and Guides, Travel|1 Comment