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Jinhua Homestay

Homestay in historical Chinese villages
A project of Jinhua Municipal Government

New session August 10th to 30th 2018 in Songxi

Apply now!

Jinhua Home-stay
experience authentic Chinese culture

Next session 8/10–30 2017 in Songxi
Apply now!

A project of Jinhua Municipal Government

We will select international applicants for a 3-week expenses paid home-stay experience. During the stay, you will learn about Chinese traditional culture, witness the beauty of historical architecture and experience life with a Chinese family. You will have the chance to communicate with your contemporaries from all over the world. You can put your specialties into practice. For example you might contribute to maintaining a village’s local character and protecting its historical buildings. You can share your stories about Jinhua with the world, in photos or writing, so that others can know more about Jinhua. By spreading the story, the historical villages can preserve their culture and develop sustainable tourism, thus the ancient architecture and historical villages can be well protected.

During the 3 weeks, we will organise a series of activities, for example cultural lectures, folklore experiences and visiting local enterprises. We plan to recruit 40 overseas participants for each session.

So far we have attracted 295 overseas participants from 40 countries. They made village maps, studied ancient architecture, learnt local folk culture and interviewed villagers to discover ancient stories. They contributed to the protection and development of the ancient villages.

A platform for international youth exchange and coorperation.

A chance to get to know real, authentic Chinese life and hospitality.

A project to protect historical Chinese villages and traditional culture.

Learn about

history, customs, folklore and architecture


local culture, food and traditional handicrafts

I strongly recommend this opportunity to experience Jinhua's historical villages and stay with local families. This is a wonderful way of learning about China today by getting to know members of the local community and sharing their experiences. Staying in historical villages is also an excellent way of seeing how China today is connected to its history. This will be an unforgettable experience.
Professor Peter K. Bol, Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
Who would have thought? For three wonderful weeks, I had Chinese parents, a German roommate, partied with Laotians, wrote about ancient Chinese architecture with a Romanian, shared a beer with a South African, sang Azurro with Italians, cheered a Cameroonian dancing to Waka Waka, practiced Portuguese with a person from Mozambique, got my caricature done by a very talented American, had engrossing conversations on long bus rides with a dashing German, met the most camera shy photographer in China, and made friends with people from all over the world, all in a little Chinese village!! Siping was my home away from home, and the experiences there are unforgettable.

The villages

So far sessions have been held in 6 villages in Jinhua municipality: Shangjing, Siping, Songxi, Suoyuan, Yuyuan, and Zhiyan.

Next session

New 2018 sessions from August 10th to 30th in Songxi. Apply now


Mrs Xu Shufang

Foreign and Overseas-Chinese Affairs Office of Jinhua Municipal Peoples Government

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Project news

Yantou for 37 HK, Macau, Taiwan Students

 On July 21, 37 college students from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan arrived in the village of Yantou in Andi Town, Wucheng District, to participate in a 10-day local project from July 21-30. The schedule includes cultural activities related to local intangible heritage, cycling along the Meixi Corridor, lectures on Wuju opera, a visit to the Wuzhou Kiln, and kayak races on the Meixi River. The project aims to offer the participants a wonderful trip through Jinhua.


Schedule for the 7th Session of JH (Songxi, 2018)

August 10 (Fri.) - Arrival

6:00 Head for Pudong International Airport

14:00 Leave Shanghai for Songxi Village

19:00 Arrive in Songxi, welcome ceremony, meet host family, accommodation

22:00 Rest

August 11 (Sat.) - Project Introduction, Workgroup Division

08:30-09:30 Introduction of Songxi Village and its facilities (project site, shared bike, medical facility, etc.)

09:30-12:00 Project introduction

14:00-16:30 Participants self-introduction, cultural items presentation

19:00-20:30 Salon: volunteers self-introduction, group division

August 12 (Sun.) -Team building & Adventure Activities