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|0 Comments

Hutong School Alumni Stories: From Shanghai to Marrakesh

This week, we have a special interview with a former Hutong School student, Delphine. She studied Chinese with us in Shanghai during an Erasmus exchange program and recently participated in the 4L Trophy. 4L is a humanitarian student rally that takes every year in the deserts of Morocco. Participants must drive across a variety of [...]

By |May 3rd, 2018|Chinese Classes, Chinese Culture, Interview, Travel|0 Comments

Guestblog: Top 5 Cities for Foreign Students in China

Making the City Your Classroom When you are moving to a new country to study in, there is a lot to think about. First and foremost, though, is where you want to live. Deciding on a city is the first step on the journey to studying abroad while at university. What Do You [...]

By |March 21st, 2018|Tips and Guides, Travel|1 Comment

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 [...]

It’s Never Too Late To Start Learning

Discovering China with Hutong School, and Jerry At Hutong School we teach hundreds of students every year, and each person means something very special to us. Every one of our students brings something unique to our company, each an individual brick in a great big puzzle. You guys help us staying up to [...]

Guestblog: Easy Ways To Communicate in Chinese

All you have to do is point and grunt! The world is filled to the brim with a multitude of different and colorful cultures. For many (if not all) of us, this can be an overwhelming experience because not everyone communicates the same way. The biggest examples for this are the different [...]

By |November 15th, 2017|Chinese Classes, Chinese Language, Tips and Guides, Travel|2 Comments

Top Scams in China to watch out for

Finding your way in a new world Fake banks, ticket sharks, and burned down hostels? Intrigued, amused or horrified, China really has it all. China is the world second largest country, with the biggest population of 1.5. billion people. We’ve previously dived into the different cuisines of China, crossed the Great [...]

By |November 1st, 2017|Chinese Classes, Tips and Guides, Travel|1 Comment

Colourful Cuisines from a land of contrasts

Discovering the 8 different cuisines of China Dogs, Instant noodles and strange insects. That’s what they eat in China right? And rice of course, lots and lots of rice. This being a comical untrue preconception, China is still an undiscovered leaf for many people, thus leaving room for imaginary conceptions on life [...]

By |October 25th, 2017|Chinese Culture, Food, Tips and Guides, Travel|2 Comments