The aim of 66hands is to enlighten readers about the China seen through the eyes of its people, as opposed to mainstream media. Writing about unique and gripping social phenomena in a way that accurately informs whilst giving personal insight from the life of natives helps to ‘bridge the gap’ in cultural understanding. 66hands 的目的是启发,教育和告知英国人民有关中国的信息。 在中国的日常生活中获得个人见解,并以一个中国人的角度去撰写一个个独特而扣人心弦的社会现象,进而致力于建立一座“桥梁“来弥补英国与中国之间文化理解上的差距。


O, 23, 英国 U.K. 33/33 (on speaking Chinese Mandarin)


K, 0, 中国 China 32/33 (on Kan’s ‘Under Red Skies)

B, 21, 蒲城 PuCheng 31/33 (on being gay and Chinese)

M, 0 中国 China 30/33 (my mum’s impressions of China)

C, 0, 中国 China 29/33 (“Help, I’ve become a tiger mum!”)

P, 0, 中国 China 28/33 (on pigs in China)


F, 0, 中国 China 27/33 (on football)

X, 28, 厦门 Xiamen 26/33 (on my Chinese big brother)

A-Z, 25, 中国 China 25/33 (on millennials behaving badly in hostels)

S, 0, 深圳 Shenzhen 24/33 (the start-up springboard in southern China)


D, 0, 冼村 Xiancun 23/33 (the peasant village within the prosperous city)

A, 0, 中国 China 22/33 (on the avocado craze)

M, 2, 虎跳峡 Tiger Leaping Gorge 21/33 (on Marijuana Mountain Mammas)


T, 0, 丽江 Lijiang 20/33 (on China’s toilet revolution)

D, 7, 桂林 Guilin 19/33 (on dogs: friend or foe?)

A, 23 (60ish), 兴坪 Xingping 18/33 (on boisterous tourists)

J, 45, 上海 Shanghai 17/33 (on China’s infatuation with the Jewish people)

T, 23, 伦敦 London 16/33 (on stereotypes of Chinese students in the UK)


SCS, -1 , Beijing 北京 15/33 (on the Social Credit System)


V, 100, China 中国  14/33 (on lesbianism in China)


JMR, 35, Shanghai 上海  13/33 (on the Shanghai Dad Club)

T, 38, Shanghai 上海  12/33 (on China’s urban density)


Y, 0, Carrefour 家乐福  11/33 (on China’s yoghurt industry)


W, 4, Shanghai 上海 10/33 (on “tiger toddlers”)


P, 33, Linyi 临沂 9/33 (on Shanghai’s small eateries)


L, 23, Beijing 北京 8/33 (on Beijing’s pollution)


D, 49, Baotou包头 7/33 (on food, family and humanity)


J, 20, Jinan 济南 6/33 (on love, sex and relationships)


Y, 24, Guangzhou 广州 5/33 (on gap years)


E, 29, Shanghai上海 4/33 (on economic and social reform)


R, 29, Yanchuan 延川3/33 (on social mobility and marriage)

N, 33, Xi’an西安 2/33 (on leftover women and career-driven women)

M, 23, Fuzhou 福州 1/33 (on higher education)

“I decided on the name 66hands when, during the Chinese New Year holiday mid-way through my exchange year at Tsinghua University in Beijing, I decided to take a 33-day trip covering 6000+km around mainland China. I had intended to interview 1 native each day, documenting their life story as well as taking a single image of their hands – which would have given me 66hands worth of stories. As ever, I was far too ambitious and managed to collate only 4 stories. Nevertheless, upon my return to Beijing I decided to continue with 66hands in my own spare time. Throughout living, studying and working in Beijing ’16-17, Birmingham (UK) ’17-18, Shanghai ’18-19 and Cambridge (UK) ’19-20, I have continued to shed light on how China’s gripping social phenomena are impacting the lives of its people.” – Olivia Halsall, founder of 66hands

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66hands features in …

The University of Birmingham Linguist Magazine – as a short series on China (2017-18)

The China Road – a blog publishing interviews, book reviews, stories, articles, and a weekly “highlights” of China-related coverage (2017)

China Unbound – a London-based company making learning Chinese language and culture easier and quicker for companies and professionals (2018)