Learn Chinese in China

From 2 weeks to 1 year — come and live in Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing or Zhengzhou
to learn Mandarin and discover China in a completely immersive way
Hutong School is now operated by That's Mandarin

Same great quality, bigger scale.

Hutong School is now operating as That’s Mandarin.
Now you can expect the same great Chinese lessons with access to online Chinese learning platform NihaoCafe.

Why Choose Hutong School?


Study plans

Extra Tutoring

1-on-1 free sessions


Practical assistance,
Visa support


Teaching experience



4-8 Students Max.

4h daily group class


Study plans

Extra Tutoring

1-on-1 free sessions


Practical assistance,
Visa support


Teaching experience



4-8 Students Max.

4h daily group class

What we believe in


At Hutong School, every student has a one-on-one level assessment and study plan. Our teachers are not only distinguished by their academic achievements, but also by their interpersonal skills and devotion to
teaching Mandarin Chinese.


You can furthermore take advantage of the weekly free tutorial sessions we’re organising to give each one of our students personalised feedback on their learning progress and provide them with learning tips.

Business Chinese Classes | Hutong School


Because personalized teaching is the key to fast and effective results, we believe in small classes for the study of Mandarin Chinese, with an average of 4 or 5 students per class.

Fully customized course for you

  • Whatever your level of Chinese
  • Whatever moment of the year you want to start
  • Whatever your age
  • From 2 weeks to 1 year
  • With or without accommodation
Hutong School can customize your program to make sure you get the best experience possible

A Day at Hutong School


4 hours of classes adapted to my level


preparing for tomorrow’s test with my private teacher


time to chilld out with my international classmates


choose my weekend trip to discover China


learn more about Chinese culture


wander around the city to get a feel of real China


Discovering nightlife in my city

Our Teachers

We are extremely proud of our dedicated and highly qualified team of teachers at Hutong School. All our teachers are native Chinese and have a Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language certification, plus a minimum of 1500 hrs teaching experience.

Thanks to our strict recruitment process, in-house training and internal curriculum development, we are able to guarantee you have the best teachers at hand, ensuring you learn Mandarin Chinese in the most efficient way.

Not just learning Chinese.

Discover the many ways Hutong School can assist you on your Chinese learning journey

Learn Chinese in Shanghai | Hutong School


Private room with all utilities included, a short subway ride away from the school

Gap Year Program in China


Practical assistance to ensure a smooth stay, including visa extension, ticket booking, 24/7 emergency support, …

Summer Camp in China


A welcoming group of students, staff and teachers from all over the world – your second family away from home.

Learn Chinese in Paris | Hutong School


Weekly activities, from calligraphy and cooking workshops, to arts & crafts and tai-chi classes.

Internships in Beijing | Hutong School


Gain professional experience in China. Pick your ideal internship from over 300 positions in all industries

Hutong x That's Mandarin Chinese Language School


Discover historical sites outside the city or join our organized hiking trips with fellow Hutong School students

They’ve done it!

See what our students have to say about Hutong School

I have never been to China before I decided to do an internship with Hutong School. The support I got from the staff was exceptional, and they made sure I never felt lost or alone in Shanghai. I have met a lot of people from all over the world thanks to the school, and some of them are my friends to this day.
Excellent reception with 24h service for any issue or language problem that could arise. My Chinese teacher was very dedicated and skilled. I learned more in my five weeks in Shanghai than I had learnt two years studying at home.
Hutong School is the backbone that makes your experience just that bit easier. The quality of the Chinese classes is good, the cultural activities are interesting and good for binding with new people. What makes Hutong School so great is probably the staff. Every staff member is a capable, friendly, happy person that you can bother about everyth…
Coming from the USA, I was extremely scared and cautious when looking into internships in China. Finding Hutong School was truly a blessing. Not only did they care for my every need, but they opened my eyes to a new world while still allowing me to feel safe and comfortable. There is no possible way I could have done it without them!
Hutong School gave me the opportunity to combine my internship in Shanghai together with studying Mandarin in the evenings. Classes are small (4 people), which means the teacher has the ability to give special attention to each individual and you practice a lot. Plus, cultural activities and trips gave me the chance to travel!
From arriving in Shanghai with no real clue what to expect, I left with a much broader sense of how Chinese culture and business operates in the modern world. I’m especially thankful to all those I worked alongside for contributing to my enrichment as well as the teaching staff who offered a fun, lively and interactive learning environment! …
China is a fascinating country, it is full of opportunities and Hutong School helped me to explore them. The Chinese lessons in the morning, right before my internship, were a great help because I felt more confident when I had to talk to people. Hutong School is always there when you need them!
My time in Beijing with Hutong School was incredible! The staff are extremly helpful and friendly! The whole team made my stay very easy – starting from airport pick-up, accommodation, registration and public transport card. The teaching hours were flexible and matched perfectly my working hours.To sum it up: a great experience!
I couldn’t expect to have such a great and profitable experience. My job training was very helpful to accumulate new skills and to have a real viewpoint of a future occupation.
Starting from my initial email contact, the customer service was exceptional. I received excellent information and support before, during and after my classes. The instructors are skillfull and experienced both at teaching Chinese and adjusting to student and class needs. I was amazed at my progress after only one month!
Just kidding! His Chinese is already really impressive. But Mark, you’re always welcome if you want to practice those tones 😉
A great organization that takes good care of you. From day one I was met with open arms by the Hutong School staff, which made the transition easy. They provided an important social structure and offered plenty of social events throughout my stay. Whether you’re an experienced traveller, or spending your first time abroad, Hutong School provid…
There is a level of comfort and amiable atmosphere at Hutong School that is very contagious. Only four months in Shanghai and I have made incredible friends, learned more about myself as a person than I ever could in my own country, and I never thought I would enjoy studying Chinese Mandarin this much. Hutong School definitely helped me to find…
My stay at the Hutong School was amazing because I had super good professors and I have met a lot of different students from all around the world during my 6 months’ stay. More you stay, better it is to improve faster your Chinese level and share incredible moments with locals. Moreover, there is a bunch of activities proposed by the school, so…
I really enjoyed my experience with Hutong School in Shanghai. More than a simple Chinese course, here you can experiment the language with the help of very professional tutors, participate in many activities and meet many nice people from all around the world!
I completed a 3-month intensive language course, which greatly improved my Chinese language capability. I appreciate the opportunity to have experienced the Chinese culture first-hand, as well as, the opportunity to make lifelong friendships with my classmates, teachers and the staff. Hutong School provided me with a safe and comfortable resid…
I spent my vacations in Hutong School and that was the best decision I have ever made! I had been studying Chinese for the past year and I realized that taking classes in Hutong is definitely a different quality. The best teachers, methods and cultural activities anyone can find. I was able to skip one level when I went back to my country and I…
Hutong School gave me the opportunity to meet other students from all over the world and help adapt to Chinese culture. The events are always fun and a great way to meet other students, as well as seeing different parts of the city. Hutong School is really flexible with the class schedules, so you never miss out on fun activities!
I first went to Shanghai as a Hutong School student, nothing speaks more about the experience than the fact that I went back for an internship (within their offices!) a year later. Studying and working in China were the differentiating factors on my resume that lead me to the amazing job I have now, and it wouldn’t have been possible without H…
I’ve joined the Hutong School in Beijing and Shanghai two times already – and every time it was a great and wonderful experience. The accommodation is quite okay. The people at the Hutong School are very nice and helpful in every way. The teachers are very motivated and well prepared. And the School offers a lot of fun free-time activities….
What separates Hutong School from all the other schools is the staff: everyone is nice, welcoming and engaged. The classes are very involved, and the group environment serves well for practicing speaking. After a few months, I was speaking Chinese well enough to be hired in a full time management position in Shanghai.
I took a Chinese language course at university before I went to China.
Hutong School set me up with a nice flat in the centre of Beijing, taught me loads during class and led interesting cultural activities after class. The greatest thing was the flexibility to determine your own experience while also being provided the opportunity to experience as much as possible at every turn.
I particularly appreciated the dedication and patience of the teachers (I’m more than 70 years old, it was not so easy to get vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation into my old brain) and the time the administratives spent to help us for accommodation, planning, etc. Hutong School “boosted” me to pass HSK 3 at 74 years old!
The staff at Hutong School were incredibly helpful and flexible in organising my study schedule. I took some one-on-one classes as well as the group lessons and thoroughly enjoyed all of them. My teachers were so kind and patient, but at the same time they really challenged me to work as hard as I could.
Hutong School included language/cultural barrier asistance 24/7, and exposed me to a new culture, great cultural activities, a new language, amazing people. I took the Chinese intensive course and found it to be more effective than any other Chinese language program I have encountered. The teachers are very good, professional and friendly. …

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