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|1 Comment

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|0 Comments

10 Shanghai Must-Sees Your Tour Guide Didn’t Tell You About

Shanghai off the Beaten Track So you've been to the Bund for a mandatory skyline picture and fought the crowds at Yu Gardens and Tianzifang. You strained your neck looking at the skyscrapers in Lujiazui, dutifully marched through five floors of bronzes and ceramics at Shanghai Museum and pretended to understand contemporary art at [...]

By |June 29th, 2018|Tips and Guides, Travel|1 Comment

Guestblog: 7 Ways to Save Money in China If You’re a Student

Making Every RMB Count If you are currently pursuing higher education in China, then being restricted in spending is probably not new to you. Food, clothing, apartment/dorm, public transport, parties, holidays – these are the things learners spend the most of their money on. Add to this some costs you have to [...]

By |June 13th, 2018|Tips and Guides, Travel|1 Comment

Millennial to Millennial: Meet our Panel!

Ahead of next week's young expat professionals event, we sat down with our panel members to get to know a bit more about what makes them tick, how they ended up in China, and what advice they have for other young expats looking to establish themselves in China.   Armando Flores Chiu: Business Development Manager @ [...]

By |May 16th, 2018|Business in China, Tips and Guides|1 Comment

Guestblog: Building Lasting Business Relationships with the Chinese

Patience is a Virtue It is said that in the West everything is easy, but nothing is possible. Whereas in China nothing is easy, but everything is possible. Those who have been doing business in or with China understand this maxim well. They also understand that in Chinese society, the personal, professional and political [...]

By |April 11th, 2018|Business in China, Chinese Culture, Tips and Guides|0 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 [...]