Founder of 66hands

Olivia Halsall (郝文婕)



SCS, -1, Beijing 北京 (on the Social Credit System). Application to the University of Oxford successful – MSc Contemporary Chinese Studies 2019-20 (offer rejected).


Application to the University of  Cambridge successful – MPhil Education 2019-20 (offer accepted to commence 10/2019). V, 100, China 中国 (on lesbianism). YCW interview with Emma Vanbergen, president of BE Education’s worldwide Education Consulting on 素质教育 “education quality” and the consequences of China’s educational inequality. Set up an additional blog WhatWouldOliveDo as an outlet for my more humorous writing.


***Founded MyBambooBridge*** –  currently a work in progress, aiming for official release in 08/2019. JRM, 35, Shanghai 上海 (on The Shanghai Dad Club). T, 38, Shanghai 上海 (on China’s urban density).


Joined Young China Watchers (YCW) Global Editorial Team. Switched full-time employment in Shanghai to London Family Office 伦敦家庭办公室 working as a private tutor. Article published in Week In China on “A day in the life of a 4-year-old; China’s tiger toddlers”. YCW interview with Jamie QQ on the D&G scandal and China’s position in the global fashion industry.


Y, 0, Carrefour 家乐福 (on China’s yoghurt industry). YCW interview with Oma Lee, 2018 Young China Watcher of the year on NGO’s, building communities and China’s philanthropic efforts.


W, 4, Shanghai 上海 (on “tiger toddlers”). YCW interview with Gu Xu, co-founder of TeChieCat on women in tech and the influence of online communities in modern China.


Moved to Shanghai to work as an English teacher at Yuyuan Preschool 愚园路第一幼儿园 and Economics & English tutor at BE Education 必益教育, and freelance writer. P, 33, Linyi 临沂 (on Shanghai’s small eateries).


66hands agreed to feature in each monthly newsletter of China Unbound.


Graduated from the University of Birmingham with a 1st Class Hons (GPA 4.0) BA Modern Languages (French and Chinese Mandarin) with Business Management. Undertook an internship at the Chopsticks Club in London. Asked to continue their feature ‘My China Voice‘ – a series of interviews with those involved in China


BA Chinese Language Final Year Independent Essay on Yang Liu’s artwork, East meets West. 《东西相遇》;两种文化,一种人类


Application to the University of Oxford successful – MSc Contemporary Chinese Studies 2018-19 (offer later rejected in 08/2018 to move to Shanghai).


L, 23, Beijing 北京 (on Beijing’s pollution)


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


J, 20, Jinan 济南 (on love, sex and relationships) – published on the blog The China Road


Y, 24, Guangzhou 广州 (on gap years)


The first 66hands stories published online: R, 29, Yanchuan 延川 (on social mobility and marriage), N, 33, Xi’an西安 (on leftover women and career-driven women), M, 23, Fuzhou 福州 (on higher education), E, 29, Shanghai上海 (on economic and social reform). 66hands features in the University of Birmingham Linguist Magazine as a short series on China for the academic year 2017-18.


66hands founded during a 6000+km solo travel trip around mainland China.


Won the CIS Confucius Language Scholarship to attend Tsinghua University, Beijing as an exchange student.


Voluntarily conducted a series of 60 minute presentations to Grammar Schools in the Kent (UK) area on the benefits of continuing Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) to higher education and beyond.


First visit to China fully funded by the British Council’s Study China Programme undertaking Chinese Mandarin Language and Business Culture classes at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou.


Started studying Chinese Mandarin at the University of Birmingham as part of a BA Modern Languages (French and Chinese Mandarin) with Business Management.