Hutong School Cultural Activities
Whether you partake in the Internship Program or attend Chinese classes, Hutong School organizes cultural activities 3 to 4 times per week for all its students and their friends. Those moments are perfect for relaxing, having some fun, getting deeper into the Chinese culture and also spend some time with the Hutong School community.
By attending them, the students familiarize themselves with art, food and traditions to get a better overview of what makes this culture different from the others. The range of activities is really wide, from learning how to play board games like Mahjong or Weiqi to cooking lessons.
Making Zongzi - (Bāo zòngzi 包粽子)
As you might know this year’s Dragon Boat Festival occurred on Saturday June 23rd. To celebrate it, Hutong School recently organized an activity about learning how to make the traditional Zongzi (a pyramid-holding dumpling made of glutinous rice wrapped in reed leaves) which are served to welcome the ancient festival.
We all gathered around the table and listened to the cook’s explanation. I can tell you, making Zongzi is way more difficult than it looks like! It would have been impossible without the help of the cook and the cheering atmosphere. Everyone was a bit frustrated at first, trying really hard to make the rice fit into the leaves, but by seeing everybody’s struggle, frustration ended in laughter!