Post Quarantine Pickup – Home Workouts

Whether you're stuck in quarantine in China, stuck at home like the rest of the world, or just trying to get your life back to normal. We understand you're probably going stir crazy these days. Week one went from being super productive to now starting wine time at 11 AM. We don't blame you, it's [...]

By |April 21st, 2020|Tips and Guides|1 Comment

Covid-19: A Chinese Lesson Recap

Last Thursday, we held a free online Chinese class called ‘COVID-19: A Chinese Lesson’. Run in collaboration with the British Chamber of Commerce in China Young Professionals Forum, the event saw Hutong School’s Sang lǎoshī teach over 50 students some of the key words and phrases surrounding the pandemic. The class was targeted towards learners [...]

Coronavirus Series Part 1: A Government’s Response to an Epidemic

For the past months, the world has been caught up in the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. Originating in China, recent developments brought the attention to other Asian and Western countries. But let’s take a look back to see where it all began. In our Hutong School 3-part series, we give a comprehensive overview of [...]

By |April 7th, 2020|Chinese Culture|0 Comments

Guest Blog: 10 Tips for Foreign Students in China

Easily one of the most popular destinations in the world right now for foreign students to study in is China, and it has been for decades. The culture is amazing to immerse yourself in, the quality of the education system is coveted around the world, and there are courses available to suit any student from [...]

By |February 29th, 2020|Chinese Classes, Tips and Guides|2 Comments

Guest Blog: Chinese Loan Words

Chinese may seem difficult to learn for English-speakers, but a closer look at the language reveals a few similarities between them. Did you know that Chinese borrows a few words and phrases from English? English and Chinese come from two different language families – while English uses the alphabet to represent different sounds, the Chinese [...]

By |February 14th, 2020|Chinese Classes|1 Comment

End of a Decade, New Beginnings for the 2020 Metal Rat

2020 may have started in the West already, but in Asia and China, we’re not there yet. With Chinese New Year right around the corner, let’s take a look at the past decade and important developments that took place! 2010 On November 11, the ‘Singles Day of the Century” took place, raking [...]

By |February 1st, 2020|Chinese Culture, Holidays and Festivals|0 Comments

Guest Blog: 11 Common Chinese Slang Words

Have you ever found yourself thinking and wondering what somebody meant when he or she used a certain phrase? For instance, if your friend told you to “belt up”, what does he or she mean? Or if he or she said you are “cheeky”. Although these phrases are pure English and you are from the [...]

Celebrating Christmas in China

The year’s ending again, which means the holidays are right around the corner. You may be craving some good old family time, roast beef and Christmas ornaments to get in the mood, but you happen to not be at home? No worries, turns out (most) Chinese cities have the same on offer during this special [...]

By |December 26th, 2019|Chinese Culture, Holidays and Festivals, Tips and Guides|0 Comments

Guest Blog: 5 Industries Where the Chinese Language Will Get You Far

Language skills can carve a better career path for you. The ability to speak another language boosts your confidence, improves our employability and increases the chances of getting an excellent salary. Right now, Chinese speakers are in demand. Your expertise in the language will pay off because you'll stand out against competition, as Chinese speakers [...]

By |December 6th, 2019|Chinese Classes, Chinese Language|0 Comments

Don’t Get Ripped Off at the Market

Some of us have been living in China for decades, some of us for only a week. Either way, we have all been in that situation where we need to haggle and barter for something at some point. Want that Burberry scarf, but deciding that 100 Euro seems a tad excessive? Haggle with a guy [...]

By |November 28th, 2019|Chinese Culture, Tips and Guides|0 Comments