Wednesday, January 17, 2018

10 Ways HNC Students Spend Their Weekends in Nanjing

Student blogger, Alexandra Hansen, features 10 ways that HNC students like to spend their weekends. We hope that through this post you will be able to better understand the HNC’s tight-knit community and culture.


Happy Holidays! It’s been a busy time of year at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. January has brought with it many assignments, presentations, and guest lectures. Nonetheless, HNC students are still finding ways to relax and have fun. With this in mind, here are the Top 10 things HNC students do on the weekends in order to rest and unwind.

Number 1: Explore Xuanwu Lake, the surrounding Nanjing wall and Jiming Temple
This is only a 15-minute walk off-campus!

Number 2: Volunteer at a local elementary school 

Some students choose to volunteer every Friday evening and teach English at a local school.

 Number 3: Hang out with your roommate
HNC roommate pairs are a great way for students to deepen their cultural exchange experience.

 Number 4: Take a hike around Purple Mountain
Purple Mountain has a lot to offer including Sun Yatsen’s Mausoleum, Ming Tombs, and Linggu Temple.

Number 5: Support the HNC Basketball Team at a game
中美中心! 加油!加油!加油!

Number 6: Take an exercise class at the local gym
My favorite classes are Zumba, Spinning, and BodyCombat. Here we see fellow student admissions worker, Emily getting ready for a Bodystep class!

Number 7: Go out to dinner with friends
There are so many great restaurants in the area, both Chinese and international!

 Number 8: Catch up on homework in the Laura Chen Reading Room (陈乐怡阅览室)
The balcony on the 5th floor also has some nice views of the HNC and the surrounding neighborhood.

 Number 9: Attend a party thrown by the banwei (班委)
The photo above is the HNC Halloween Party!
Number 10: Spend the weekend traveling
Popular locations include Shanghai, Huang Shan, Wuxi, and Hangzhou.

Written by Alexandra Hansen, Certificate '18