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Jinhua Homestay

Homestay in historical Chinese villages

Apply now for the special session for Hongkong, Macau, Taiwan residents June 24th to July 3rd and July 15th to 24th 2017 in Yuyuan.

New sessions June 24th to July 14th in Suoyuan and
September 6th to 26th 2017 in Siping–Shangjing


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Jinhua Home-stay
experience authentic Chinese culture

Apply now for the special session for Hongkong, Macau, Taiwan residents 6/24 to 7/3 and 7/15 to 7/24 in Yuyuan

Next sessions 6/24 – 7/14 2017 in Suoyuan and 9/6–26 2017 in Siping–Shangjing
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, 10 Chinese participants and 8 representatives from related fields for each session.

So far we have attracted 163 overseas participants from 27 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

Experience

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.

Next session

New 2017 sessions from June 24th to July 14th in Suoyuan and September 6th to 26th in Siping–Shangjing. Apply now

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Workshop for an Adventure Trail

The village of Shangjing has an old tradition in tea farming. In former times the village was the last stop for pilgrims to a nearby Buddhist temple. Here pilgrims stayed overnight and cleaned themselves from the inside and outside before going the last 4km to the temple.

Bamboo forest near Shangjing, photo by Jonathan Abbas

A part of the Jinhua Homestay Project is the development of a nature adventure trail from the village of Shangjing to the nearby Buddhist temple. The aim is to establish a touristic highlight for Chinese and international tourists. On the nature adventure trail special places will be created, where the visitor ...

Mayor Ji's Global Villages

On January 25, Ji Junmin, Jinhua Deputy Party Chief and Mayor, visited the participants of the Spring Festival Session of the Jinhua Homestay in the villages of Suoyuan and Siping. There, Mayor Ji stressed that the idea of “family” (jiā) is a major feature of Chinese culture, and therefore returning home during Spring Festival is fundamental; on the occasion of the Spring Festival Session of the Jinhua Homestay Project, it is crucial to have the participants feel the warmth and coziness of Jinhua's historical villages: ...