Amazing summer with Hutong school

Ratings
Overall
10
Instruction: 10
Support: 9
Fun: 10
Housing: 8
Value: 9
Review

I took part in the Hutong summer camp in June 2018. It was an amazing experience! We were a group of 5 (from different countries: US, Italy and France) with a Chinese guide 24/7 with us.

The school was located in a very modern building Sanlitun, one of the trendiest district of Beijing and our hotel was 5 minutes away.

Every morning we had 4 hours of chinese class, we were in a group of four with the same level. The teachers were really able to give us personal feedback. With 4 hours of class per day during 2 weeks my level of chinese improved significantly.

Then, every afternoon our guide took us around Bejing to visit the touristic sites such as the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall... and to discover chinese culture, we had the occasion to try calligraphy, chinese chess, KTV... We really felt like locals! My favorite experience was the tour of the Great Wall, our guide took us on a tour on the side of the easy one were every tourists walk, on a really steep path so we were completely alone and the view was amazing. We also ate chinese dishes at breakfast, lunch and dinner, I admit we sometimes got tired of it and went to Pizza Hut or McDonald's. Our guide was very comprehensive and flexible, he brought us where we wanted to go (even if it wasn't in the program), for example we wanted to see the Olympic Park so he brought us during our free time.

I also spent a 3rd week with Hutong school in Shanghai (but not as part of the summer camp). Hutong school almost created a personal trip for us as they had to plan our different train journey and to help us go to the train station.

I would recommend this program to anyone who's interested by China, its language and its culture. It was my first time in China and it made me want to discover it more.

Would you recommend this program?
Yes, I would
Year Completed
2018
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