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

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

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

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

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 [...]