Hutong School

Hutong School

About

Join Hutong School to study, intern or volunteer in China. Founded in 2005 in the Hutongs of Beijing, Hutong School has over 10 years of teaching experience. We now have locations in Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou and Chengdu. All our programs are focused on full immersion in the Chinese culture. We offer weekly activities for our students to experience the Chinese culture. Meet the Middle Kingdom firsthand while making friends from all over the world.

Founded
2005
Headquarters

Gongti Beilu
Chaoyang Qu
Beijing Shi, 100027
China

Reviews

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Kiki
8/10

It was a really nice. First thing first the guides are great. They spoke very good english and help us in anyway they could. Everywhere we went there were local guide with us. Thanks to them we could explore China easily.

We had many activities to do like going to the KTV, Forbidden City, Temple, etc. Aside from the activities we also got free time for ourself so we could explore the city on our own way.

I experienced many things in China like the traffic, food, language, culture, etc. I have become more independent after I went to China.

All in all I would recommend this program.

How can this program be improved?
The wifi didn't work really well. I really like to do the project, but because the lack of good wifi we couldn't do it. The bed was also a bit too hard for me to sleep.
Yes, I recommend
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Tom
8/10

I really enjoyed this summer camp. It wasn't only workshops and company visits, but also fun activities. We could even ask what we wanted as activity. Having some free time in the evening is also nice to have. Our guide was very nice and helpful, I couldn't wish for a better guide. I'm very lucky that I got the chance to get to know China, it's a great country! I would suggest this summer camp to everybody!

How can this program be improved?
The second hostel was really bad. Be more careful when choosing a hostel, or add the option to book hotel.
Yes, I recommend
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Tim
8/10

This summer I joined a group of other student, to participate in the BusIT weeks china.

In the 12 days I have been there I was never bored. Everyday was packed with a veriaty of exciting activities. These activities range from visiting an old chinese temple, to making dumplins with the group, to visiting big IT companies. All of these activities were well orginized and thought through.

We got to experience the fast pase of china's society. From payment to travel, every thing is and works fast.

Lastly, the guides of the trip were really amazing. They spoke good english, and were able to help with everything. There were guides from every city we went to, so we always had someone who was familiar with the area.

The trip was great, and i would absolutely recommend this program to anyone who wants to visit china, or just wants to be far away from europe for two weeks.

How can this program be improved?
Tge only thing that bothered me during the trip, was the lack of good working wifi. Because of tge lack of good working wifi, we were not able to work on the project outside of class.
Yes, I recommend
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Nick
8/10

Really nice adventure. I had to opportunity to go to China or some countries in EU. I chose China because I didn't know a lot about China. This program is perfect if you want to get to know China. You visit different places in China and get a taste how life in China is.
The largest difference is the accomodation compared to what we are used to here, but some times you can find really good accomodation like the last hostel where we stayed in.

Overall a great adventure with fun activities!

How can this program be improved?
Give us the details sooner and if certain clothing is recommended, tell us, like for when we go to the Great Wall.
Yes, I recommend
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Gabriel
10/10

Before I came to Beijing last September I did not know a single word of Mandarin. And while my original intention at the Hutong School was learning the language, I happened to meet most of my friends just there. Starting in a group of six we faced the seemingly impossible task to distinguish between the different tones or the difference between ch & zh.

Initially, I was concerned that perhaps twenty hours per week might be too stressful or time consuming, however in the end it turned out to be undoubtfully the right decision. Of course it does take dedication and motivation but it is worth it. I still recall the feeling of reward and accomplishment upon improving or extending your vocabulary. And this almost daily as the teachers really push you to your limit.
I was lucky enough to have a great group to study with. It was a perfect balance of competition and fun. Long after I left Beijing I’m still in touch with four out of five of them.
A huge plus of the Hutong School are the freetime activites they offer almost every other day. Ranging from archery, traditional cooking and sihtseeing/city tours over to Kung Fu workshops or movie nights. The offer includes basically everything you need to know about Chinese culture and is often even for free.
During the five month that I spent in Beijing, the ‚Hutong School‘ turned into a ‚Hutong family‘ for me. Big shoutout to my teachers and the staff at the front desk for having that much patience with me and my spontaneous ideas! From my first to my last day I could rely on them supporting me and properly preparing me for the international Chinese exam.

The other day I had the opportunity to accompany a European friend who studied Chinese in Beijing University. To be honest, I highly preferred the interactive lessons at Hutong School over this lesson where 12 students repeated the same story over and over again. While this is certainly not represantative for their language course, I am sure that the small classes in Hutong School provide more efficient studying.

All together the School was well structured/organized and while it is perhaps not the cheapest Mandarin School in Beijing, I would be surprised if there was an alternative that could compete with Hutong School in terms of teachers and programs.
If I’ll ever decide to continue studying Chinese in Beijing, I know where I’ll be going.

How can this program be improved?
I guess the teachers are consistently 5 minutes late to the party but this appears to be part of Chinese culture haha
Yes, I recommend

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