Culture Yard

Language in Drum Tower & Dongcheng North

A little language goes a long way in China, so consider investing in a 'Survival Chinese' course at this hutong school as the prelude to your wider Middle Kingdom sojourns. Five days of lessons (¥1800, 20 hours), shared between classroom time and field trips to local markets and restaurants, will furnish you with a basic toolbox for bargaining, meeting and greeting, and getting around.