Every week we organize 3 to 4 cultural and business related activities, just for you! Learn more about China and its culture through our lectures, cultural activities, excursions and charity activities.
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To enrich your China experience, we organize frequent cultural activities. It improves your knowledge of Chinese culture, enhances the community spirit and helps you making new friends in China.
Chinese Cooking Lessons
Learn how to create different types of classic Chinese dishes. Being such a large country, China's different regions all have their own specialties. China's cuisine is a varied landscape bursting with flavor.
Tai chi isn’t just a way for people to keep healthy, it is China’s oldest form of kungfu and can actually be used for self defense. These lessons show how Tai Chi and Chinese medicine are related.
Chinese Movie Nights
Once a month we organize a Chinese movie night to introduce masterpieces of Chinese cinema to our students. One of our teachers will also give a short introduction to improve students’ understanding of the movie.
Traditional Chinese Board Games
Since ancient times, there have been three main board games in China: weiqi, xiangqi, and mahjong. You'll master them in no time.
Chinese Traditional Handicrafts
Learn various traditional Chinese handicrafts, such as paper cutting, kitemaking, miniature sculpture painting, Chinese knotting, or sculpting. Handicrafts such as these are steeped in Chinese peoples’ culture and history and make wonderful, unforgettable gifts.
Depending on the season, Hutong School organizes various activites that are just for fun. Students can experience various forms of modern Chinese entertainment in order to better understand Chinese life or culture, have fun, and also to give students a chance to meet each other outside of the classroom. Examples are: trips to Chinese hot-springs, skiing, or laser-tag, among other things.
Hutong School regularly invites businessmen, journalists, diplomats and scholars to talk about their experiences concerning various China related topics.
Our lectures have a double goal:
To offer our students a wide variety of opinions and topics related to China to stimulate critical thinking and enrich their China experience
To offer our students extra networking possibilities since these lectures are open to the public and attract a very diverse audience, consisting of both Chinese and foreign people from all walks of life
Our lectures are usually preceded and followed by social networking, including drinks and snacks.
Examples of past events:
“China, Land of Fortune?” at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium - Mr. Bernard Pierre, Former Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium
“Earning a life in China a tale or two and some advice” at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands - Mr. Dirk Jan van den Berg, Former Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
"Microsoft in China" - Mr. Neema Moraveji, senior researcher at Microsoft
"The Airport Business in China" - Mr. Marnix Groot, Resident Representative at NACO
"Chinese Outbound Tourists and the European Market" - Mr. Robert Vertes, Second Secretary at the Hungarian Embassy, in charge of Tourism.
Regularly Hutong School takes you on a trip outside the city in order to let you discover more of what China has to offer. Furthermore, we are always willing to assist you with planning trips to other cities in China.
• Visits to different sections of the Great Wall: Simatai, Jinshanling, etc...
• Visit to the Hot Springs at Xiao Tang Shan
• Visit to The ancient village of Chuan Di Xia
• Visit to Lipao village
• Visit to Tanzhe Temple
• Trip to Tianjin
Hutong School can also help you book trips to other cities in China. We can provide a list of sites to see, and help book any traveling needs in order to make the trip as smooth as possible.
Here are some examples of trips that we have done:
• Inner Mongolia
At Hutong School, we encourage you to get involved in different philanthropic activities. Find out what charity activities we organize.
At Hutong School, we encourage our students to get involved in different philanthropic activities around Beijing and Shanghai. Whether it is teaching English at a school for migrant workers' children, planting a tree, or visiting an NGO, we hope students learn more about Chinese culture and want to become involved with the people.
Schools for children of migrant workers can be found all across the outskirts of Beijing. They are privately organised and funded by migrant workers trying to provide their children with the most basic education. Conditions at these schools are far from ideal due to a lack of funding. Unlike other state schools, these institutions are not recognised by the government and do not qualify for state support.
To help ease these pressures Hutong School organizes teaching excursions to one of these schools in the north of Beijing every other Sunday. Although the main goal of these excursions is to teach the children basic English, participants quickly realise that there is much more to this trip than just the study of grammar and vocabulary. What may start out as an interesting way to explore Beijing beyond the city centre oftentimes leads to a genuinely heart-warming experience where children and teachers alike join in game, song and dance… if possible in English. The real experience lies in understanding how much one can give with just a little bit of good intention.