Posts in the Helsinki category

Minä pidän Suomesta!

I have been in Finland for more than seven months, but unfortunately I just visited Helsinki and Jyväskylä since I had a plenty of classes last term.

For Helsinki, I went there four times, it is a more alive city than Tampere, and it makes me feel like in China. Helsingin Tuomiokirkko is the grand white Lutheran church which is located in Council Square, and more importantly, it is a symbol of Helsinki.

helsingin tuomiokirkko

As you all know, we had our Chinese Lunar New Year a couple of days ago, and there was a fantastic performance in Helsinki. I was so lucky to get a free ticket to be there, the main actors were from Beijing Art Troupe. They showed Kongfu, Lion Dance and Chinese Dance, it was really worth to been seen.

We visited Jyväskylä Chinese Student Association last October. Jyväskylä is a smaller city than Tampere and what impressed me most was that there is a wide lake and a long bridge in the city center. Besides its railway station and bus station are at the same place which is convenient to transportation. I went to the highest tower and took a picture of the whole city.


In the winter vacation, I skied at a skiing park around Lukonmäki several times which I have never done before. It was exciting sport for me.


tengfei suksilla

The last thing to mention is the Basketball Game, the performance during the break is so interesting, all of them were made by children or teenagers. And at the half time of the game, the little boys were playing against girls which surprised me the most.




Finland is a great place to live. I am living a happy and full life in Tampere although it is a little bit quiet and cold for me. I will travel to Turku, Oulu, Kemi and Rovaniemi during my Spring Week, then I shall have more interesting and funny pictures to share with you.

Text and photos: Tengfei Liu


The local band playing in Tavastia klubi, Helsinki

Finland, land of trees and lakes. Or at least that’s what I was thinking when my plane landed at Helsinki Vantaa. Although our first conversation with a Finn wasn’t that friendly (police were looking for someone at my plane) I think I can say that this was the only negative experience I had so far. After exploring Helsinki for a few days, which I really liked, and I can recommend anyone to go there, it was time to go to Tampere. Since I’m living in a fairly big city in the Netherlands, I was a bit nervous if Tampere would not be too small for me. But I can say that I’m not disappointed at all. A lot of my favourite band are from Finland, and although I go to concerts frequently, I think I already planned more concerts in the 4 months I’m staying here then I did last year. So I don’t think I’ll be bored at all.


A lake near Hämeenlinna

A lake near Hämeenlinna

A few weeks ago my tutor invited me and other exchange students to his parents summer house near Hämeenlinna, to have a real Finnish experience.  And I can say that it was a real Finnish experience with sauna, hot tub, swimming in the lake and trying Finnish food. So far I’m really enjoying my stay here in Finland and I hope it will become even better!





Text and photos: Joyce van de Velde