From August 10-24, the 8th session of the Jinhua Homestay project was held at Jinhua Mountain, attracting 38 international students from 13 countries to experience traditional Chinese culture.
The 15-day event built a platform for communication between Chinese and international youth. The program allows Jinhua to display its contributions to the world, while also enabling international students to experience the charm of Jinhua and deepen their understanding of Jinhua's economy and culture.
On the morning of August 23, a special exhibition was held in Lutian Village, featuring documentaries and photographs taken by participants to show the past and present of the city.
There were three different working groups in the project. The design group showed great innovation, even though it had the least number of group members. They designed bookmarks, teabags, postcards, cotton tote bags, etc., with typical Jinhua elements. They also uploaded them onto the website to show the beauty of Jinhua Mountain and the local food. The tourism group made a tourism brochure as well as a 3D map of the area. The media group was productive as well. They wrote 16 articles in just two weeks, filmed a large number of videos, and posted them on international social networking sites. Altogether, they made a video to promote Jinhua Mountain. They did a great job in enlarging Jinhua's international influence sphere.
Although the project ended, the international students continue to be cultural “ambassadors” for Jinhua. They carry on helping more people know about Jinhua when they are using websites, Twitter, Facebook and other social media to get the word across. They also assist with the production and sales of their self-designed cultural products.
The hearts of people across nations help improve relationships among countries. So far, Jinhua has welcomed more than 300.
Next, the Foreign Affairs Office will further deepen the social effects of the project to get more ancient villages to thrive. (By Wang Lei, translated by Lin Yuqin, edited by Mariam Ayad)