Gap Year in China – My own experience

Are you bored of your comfort zone, want to stop your current routine for something totally new and different? Then a gap year in China is the perfect match for you! I am currently doing a gap year in Shanghai and it is, for now, the best experience I ever had in my life.   [...]

5 Steps to Crowdfund Your Trip to China

Travelling can be expensive, but there are many ways to pay for your trip abroad, such as traditional fundraisers. Crowdfunding is another way to ensure you have enough money to fund your trip, whether you’re interning or learning Chinese with us in China. To help you achieve your dream of coming to China, we’ve broken [...]

By |August 17th, 2016|Chinese Classes, Internship China, Tips and Guides|0 Comments

Stay Healthy with Traditional Chinese Medicine

Everyone gets sick. But is it because you forgot to wash your hands one too many times, or because of an imbalance of yin and yang in the body? The Chinese believe that harmony between yin and yang helps keep you healthy. Likewise, an imbalance can lead to disease and illness. The human body is [...]

By |August 3rd, 2016|Chinese Culture, Tips and Guides|0 Comments

Introducing: The Chairman’s Bao

Hutong School introduces our latest partnership: The Chairman's Bao. Have you ever wondered if there is an app for learning Chinese? Did you ever want to read up-to-date news in Chinese, but your level was just not good enough for the Chinese newspapers? 10 years ago, two British students realized how efficient it is to read articles [...]

Learn Chinese with Chi-Nesisch

How are you learning Chinese? Check out Hutong School’s latest partner, Chi-Nesisch, a German company that offers online courses to help people learn Mandarin Chinese quickly and easily. The courses are fantastic online resources for anyone learning Chinese (or aspiring to learn Chinese). Even better, Hutong students get a 20% discount when they enroll in [...]

Top 5 Places to Visit in Mainland China

Studying Chinese in Shanghai or Beijing for a couple of months offers the perfect opportunity to do some travelling around Mainland China. Whether you’re taking Intensive Chinese Classes or doing an internship in one of these two cities, the travel possibilities for a fun weekend are endless!   Mount Huangshan This UNESCO World Heritage listed [...]

How to Survive as a Vegetarian in China

Being a vegetarian in China can be a struggle. When specifically asking the fuwuyuan for a dish without meat, more often than not there will always be some small pieces of meat sprinkled on top of your dish, even after they reassured you there was no meat in it. Knowing this, you would think [...]

By |May 4th, 2016|Food, Tips and Guides|3 Comments

How to do business in China: A Practical Language Guide

Last week we talked about the three concepts of time, mianzi (face) and guanxi (relationship) that are crucial to understand if you want to do business in China. Now that you know about the importance of these cultural and sociological ideas, let's get to business with this practical language guide. The Three Stages Greeting Business meetings [...]

Doing Business in China: A Cultural Guide

Solid economic expansion, coupled with a rapid market transformation and a series of government reforms, mean China -- the world's second-largest economy -- is no longer just a country for low-cost manufacturing. It is also an increasingly attractive destination to do business. -  CNN China is an increasingly attractive destination to do business indeed, [...]

Chinese Pronunciation – How to Avoid Tripping Over Unfamiliar Sounds

There are many sounds that exist in Chinese which do not have an easy equivalent in English, French, Italian or other common European languages. Wrestling with these sounds can be a big challenge for language learners and, in my experience, leads to many blank stares in small Chinese restaurants as the confused locals struggle to [...]

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