New Contributor to the CPHmade Blog!
From this day on, we’re proud to introduce a new blogger to the CPHmade blog. Say hello to Ms. Hongyi Ji.
Hongyi Ji is a young student from China, who have fallen hard for Copenhagen. Hongyi has been living in Copenhagen for 2.5 years now, and her stay in Copenhagen has led to the achievement of a Masters Degree in English studies from University of Copenhagen. During her studies, Ms. Ji has worked as a part time teacher in Chinese at the University of Copenhagen and specializes in communication.
Hongyi’s first contribution on the CPHmade Blog centers on the gems and treasures in the city that we tend to forget or look over in a busy everyday life.
Give Hongyi Ji a warm welcome on the blog!


Words by Hongyi Ji

“Small is beautiful” is originally a belief stated by the British economist E. F. Schumacher, which he holds about common-sense economics, but it also applies to our city. Copenhagen is not a big capital if you compare it to other capitals around the globe, but less is more. We do have a lot of general tourist attractions, but is that really all we got?
When I come up with this point, I was not thinking about those known-to-all city marks, but nice “touches” I’ve experienced in the city.
You see, for the time being, I am a bit more than just a tourist passing by to Copenhagen.
I don’t take the beauty of the city for granted, nor am I in a hurry to record the story of the town just by a few snapshots (in front of Little Mermaid, for example).
Tourists sometimes accuse Copenhagen for being an expensive or “snobby” city, but maybe they haven’t noticed those little hidden treasures offered by the city itself.
For instance, this picture shows one of the “known-to-all” city marks of Copenhagen, the City Hall on Rådhuspladsen. You might have passed by hundreds of times, but have you noticed the two board games located on the corners of both sides of the City Hall? If you look closely, you’ll find a chessboard, and a board for the Danish game called “Mølle”.


I guess, when the original Copenhageners built the city, they were holding the belief that the city and its people should be close with each other. That’s why we now can come across the little two playing boards at the remarkable City Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen).
These details were not mentioned at Rådhuspladsen’s Wikipedia-entry. Thus if the story is not passed on by someone, these little urban treasures may just disappear in the memories of Copenhagen’s local population, although the city intended to offer them to us.
So do you happen to know about other little corners like this in the city? That is free and fun to check out? Don’t hesitate to write us, and share your story with us.
Details matter. People matter. That’s the message passed from the original Copenhageners. And we pass it on.