Warm hello from the group participants

 Aman Agarwal

I am from INDIA. I am pursuing Bachelors of Technology in Computer Science and also learning Mandarin language in my hometown so I got this opportunity to visit ‘ Jinhua Homestay Project. I came here To get the better understanding of Chinese culture. I have chosen this topic ‘E commerce’ because I’m interested in doing business and would like to give my contribution for this project!

My Jinhua Story        Regarding the E-Commerce Research   Suoyuan


Ntando Poti

I’m flexible, quick to pick up new skills and eager to learn from others. I am an extroverted outgoing socialite. Currently I am an intern at Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality based at Buffalo City Tourism Information Office at East London Airport, graduated on 2016. I have an open mind with administration and tourism related matters and concepts. I am reliable, trustworthy and down to earth. Also, I am able to work on my own initiative or as a part of a team as I am a socialite and eager to work with people. I have strong communication skills and an ability to interact with internal and external partners, with a genuine interest in learning by helping. For my part withing the group, I am focusing on the e-commerce of the Jindong district and its importance in Jinhua, also finding means to assist Jinhua by creating a good website for its tourism to attract more visitors and boost its economy.

My Jinhua Story


Ayukegba Nguimbous Achille

I am from Cameroon. I am currently a student in Zhejiang Sci-Tech University where I am doing my research in Fluid Machinery and Engineering. I like Basketball, Photography and Traveling.





Polina Bogomolova

I was born in Russia and traveled quite a bit over the past 10+ years. Interest in international development, rural development, food security and agriculture determined my current career path. My deep interest in China, Chinese language and culture, as well as Chinese experience in subjects mentioned above sparked my desire to participate in the Jinhua Homestay project.

As part of the 2017 Suoyuan cohort, I am a member of E-Commerce group. Within our group, we have divided ourselves in pairs to complete the tasks assigned more efficiently and diligently. Together with Aman, I work on preparing two case studies and researching current state of e-commerce development in Jinhua and Jindong. In addition, both of us are designated by our group to design the Tourism e-space at the Jinhua homestay website.

My Jinhua Story


Faiza Manzoor

My Chinese name is 法怡姿。I belong to Pakistan but I  live in Hangzhou, China. I’m doing Ph.D in Agricultural economics and management in Zhejiang university. My strength is: I am hardworking. I’m  interested to join such as institute or project etc to learn. My main role is collection of information from local pottery factory with my partner.

My Jinhua Story    Unforgettable tour in China



Sughra Fareed

I am from Pakistan, currently studying Law as doctoral student at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. Zhejiang University is one of top universities in China, and also counted in top hundred universities at international level, Hanghzou is also one of moderate city of china; I have visited china from east to North and north to south, but could not find a city like Hangzhou. Luckily I got a chance to participate in Jinhua home stay project, here I have assigned a task for e-commerce along with my other fellows, in which I have to search material (like published papers, articles, newspaper, some case studies etc) related to e-commerce in Jindong district and Jinhua village, after collection of data we will have to analyze the current situation of e-commerce in Jinhua in order to reach the solid conclusion, and then our team will present some suggestions for improving the Jinhua e-commerce.

My Jinhua Story

Nang Si Htong

I come from a small town of Keng Tong, Shan State, Myanmar. Currently, I am pursuing my Master degree in Business Administration (specializing in Human Resource Management) at Zhejiang Normal University in Jinhua. My strengths includes hardworking, self-motivating, and dedicated towards my work. Further, I am a good listener and a quick learner. Top on the highlight during my first year as a student was experiencing the colorful annual cultural festival, it was always a blast and you would better not miss it. Jinhua is consider top ten livable city in China. My main role includes doing research and collecting information on the famous local pottery factory and its relation to e-commerce.

The best shopping on-line experience   Suoyuan Historical village experience



Unforgettable tour in China

3-week home-stay experience in Jinhua was quite amazing. During my stay in Souyuan village (ancient architecture and historical village) Jinhua I learnt about Chinese traditional culture, historical architecture and had a great experience life with a Chinese family and with the participant from the different countries.

During my stay in Jinhua we had different activities and visited to different places such as Lipu Garden City and Guwuyaohuo (local pottery factory) one of the first pottery factory of China and had a great experience about pottery making. Visited to Lingyin Buddhist Temple, West Lake and Qiangjiang New CBD in Hangzhou was very interested with our Chinese volunteers and foreigner participants we all were like a family and we enjoyed a lot. We had lunch with Madam Chen Aizhen, Exective Vice President of Zhejiang Provincial People’s Association for Friendship with foreign countries i was representative from the my country Pakistan i felt very proud at that time because i was representing my country Pakistan.

Being a Muslim i was totally unaware and unfamiliar about the other religions actually i was not interested in other religions but during this project i got chance to visit to Zhizhe Buddhist Temple in Jinhua Mountain and Wong Tai sin Taoist Temple so now i have a lot of information about Buddhist and Taoist. Double-dragon cave was one of the wonderful and best tours of my life i enjoyed a lot there it was scary but enjoyable.

Different folklore activities for example tea art, paper cutting, shoe weaving, flower arrangement, grinding tofu, green way cycling and Dragon light dance and wu opera performance was new for me in china these activities made me more excited. In Jinhua Homestay project during cultural lecture I got a lot of information and knowledge about architecture in southern china, pottery, one belt one road initiative, wu opera, calligraphy, Chinese religion culture and E-commerce. Quite interesting lecture was a lecture about E-commerce, E-commerce is commercial transaction conducted electronically on the internet. Yiwu (E-commerce village) in Jinhua is very famous for online shopping. And i had online shopping positive experience and I bought different goods from taobao and jingdong (JD) and i am satisfied from my online shopping in china. During my project i worked in the group of E-commerce and also visited to Yiwu and i got much knowledge about online shopping it’s a superior and easy way to buy goods online. In my country Pakistan E-commerce is not same like China so i got different ideas and good impression of E-commerce during my Homestay in Jinhua, so i wish and would like to go back and introduce Chinese E-commerce especially i want same city like Yiwu (E-commerce village) in Pakistan.

Faiza Manzoor

My Jinhua Story

I think without your personal experience you can’t write anything, so same case before coming to china I was unaware about china ecommerce, so when I got scholarship for Zhejiang University, I came to china, being a part of daily life I had required everything to buy for my initial setup, I was searching the shops and places so that I could buy, I was new here, so had some troubles, later on one of my senior fellow introduced me with taobao, I became surprised taobao is a big platform for online shopping, you can easily buy whatever you wants and whenever you wants just on your one click. It is more convenient, that’s why Taobao is certainly great and most valuable company. Its model insists on charging no commission on both sellers and vendors. By making 1 trillion transaction, taobao will not earn as much as Comparison to others like EBay or Amazon in US,   I think that’s why jack ma always says he’s not making huge money but happy money.

During my one year experience and Studying e-commerce, I felt that this mode of business is becoming the most popular with unbelievable high speed in China, because China’s e-commerce, by and large, economy is expanding so fiercely.  I think China is a sovereign nation. I suppose there is the World Trade Organization, that’s why the economist seems quite excited about the growth and potential of ecommerce.

Being participated for ‘Jinhua Homestay project’ I have also became aware about certain shops and companies, some of them I have visited and some of them I have check through internet, e.g, Lipu Nursery co., LTD, Guwuyaohua (local pottery factory) www.5173.com. etc. After visiting and studying these companies I came to know more about ecommerce in china, and also came to know how it is useful in our busy lives.

Sughra Fareed

My Jinhua Story

During my experience at Jinhua Homestay project, I was fortunate enough to have experience firsthand and learned, many different sides what goes into a project, the general process of how a project is initially planned, developed and completed, as well as how much work and detail goes into every stage.

Another valuable lesson I have learned during  3 three weeks the many different types of task has to perform which is turn, have provided me with more insight into the different types of roles and responsibilities that I could perform.

In this project there are four groups news group, Architecture group, gardening group and e-commerce group but I worked in E-commerce group It was very helpful to me in learning and it was a great experience to work together with other participant they belongs to different countries and I got many ideas and knowledge from them.

During this project my visit to china’s first online shop village “Qingyan Liu” located in jiangdong street of yiwu city, Zhejiang Provinces, I came to know online shoping in jinhua is very famous and unlimited and greatest upward ecommerce market. Online shoping is one of a successful business.  One of the main advantage of online shopping to the customer is its most convenient and time saving for customers.  We can buy everything with one click and goods will be at the door. I also have online shoping experience such as taobao in china I bought many things from taobao and I am very satisfied with this online shoping. Online shoping is not time consuming process and it’s very convenient, having high outcomes its show a really good impression for the ecommerce industry.

Faiza Manzoor

My Jinhua Story

My name is Aman Agarwal, 21 years old from the state of Maharashtra in India

Currently I am pursuing Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science & Engineering from Symbiosis International University; from past 3 months I have been studying Mandarin from my hometown and have successfully completed beginner level.

For the past 4 years I have been helping out my Dad in his Company which manufactures Plastic disposable cutlery and Aluminium food containers under the brand name ‘The Deccan Serve Co.’ for the Indian market.

Managing my college hours and factory hours was quite challenging and which I still to date schedule it very timely. This has taught me the importance of time and made a huge change, so that I could become a better version of myself. I have keen interest in attending Entrepreneur-ship seminars held in our college and other universities.

Networking and interacting with people has become an important part of my life, sitting with local families, knowing about them, their culture and exploring their local languages is something great that I have experienced Personally I think manners and ethics are the key to success, they make us understand where people are coming from and also help you with communication and interaction. This is the basic introduction about myself.

As Jinhua homestay project requires all the qualities which I posses !

Also the E-Commerce task gave me a good opportunity to learn about e commerce sector of Jinhua ! This opportunity taught me a lot new things that how e commerce works and importance of this sector in coming generations!

In my next article I would like to describe our team experience about our Research on E commerce in Jinhua !

Aman Agarwal

Amazing things about China – focusing on the Bullet train

A black young African from South Africa going out of the country for the first time in his life. I cannot forget the 13-hour China trip. My first day in China was a culture shock – well, even on the train station people looked at me in a different unusual way. Of which, it was something I did not mind at all as I knew I was a foreigner to this country. There were just so many Asians and lights everywhere. Being in a very bigger and busy city as opposed to the ones you know from back home was quite fascinating because it was like I am in the movie and it’s about me in this big country far away from home.

I got so excited from the hospitality and welcoming given by people as I got to the airport. The bullet train from Shangai to Jinhua was quite thrilling, I was stunned. I came to know that I can shop online too. When it comes to online shopping, no one can compete with Taobao. You sit in your room and order something, and then it arrives at your doorstep – the craze is unstoppable.  I was very impressed by how most of the things are done here in China, how almost everything has to do with technology nowadays. Yes we do online shopping in my country, but online shopping here is like done for each and everything – therefore making it very easy and simpler for people.

Getting to know people and visit well known places in China

Being assigned to be in the e-commerce group of the Jinhua Homestay Cultural village was pretty much interesting as I felt that I would also get to experience this norm of doing online shopping in China, get to  know how it really works and what are the outcomes of it.

On the 5th day of the programme we had a really interesting wonderful trip to the local pottery factory in Jinhua, Zhejiang province. We were shown on how pottery and porcelain is made and distributed to the companies and individual buyers. Also got to know that one can utilise that business via an application, therefore that’s ecommerce at its best. Quite amazing how online shopping has almost no limits in Jinhua, you can buy anything you want at any given time and that is a great experience. I also got to do online shopping while I am here in Jinhua, I bought a phone online and I received it after a few days, which shows a really good impression for the ecommerce industry.

Ntando Poti

Greetings from the group volunteers

Colin Tsai (蔡晨光)

Hello! My name is Colin Tsai. I come from Fujian Province, China. It is the first time I volunteer for the Homestay project. I find it interesting and fulfilling. I am fond of singing, swimming, collecting stamps, broadcasting and traveling. It is my great honor to be here to appreciate the enchanting scenery and communicate with participants and volunteers coming from both China and abroad. The villagers’ hospitality makes me feel at ease. During the project, I have learned the importance of teamwork, punctuality and work efficiency. Even though the project is demanding, I believe, together with my team I can accomplish all the tasks.

Lili Leigh (邹雅丽)

Hi, I am Lili Leigh (邹雅丽) from Hu Zhou, Zhejiang province. As an outgoing and energetic girl, I enjoy very much participating in such volunteering projects as Jinhua Homestay. It is my great pleasure to meet all the interesting people in the Suoyuan charming village. I have learned a lot from all the lectures, meetings with renowned experts and officials, and activities all Homestay project participants shared together. This Homestay project will be my indelible memory!

Wendy (Wang Fang)

Hello, my Chinese name is Wang Fang, and my English name is Wendy. I come from Shaoxing, a beautiful city in Zhejiang province. I am honored to be a volunteer for the homestay project. For my personality, I am easygoing, warmhearted and hard-working. I have many hobbies, such as playing badminton, singing, watching TV series, and listening to Yue Opera. I feel so excited to stay with foreign friends, and we must make good friends with each other. What’s more, our group must do a good job. I think we can make it.

Katherine Zhang (张益沙)

My name is Katherine Zhang (张益沙) and I am from Jinhua. I am currently a sophomore at the University of California, San Diego. I like swimming, playing instruments, playing basketball and Chess during my leisure time. I feel lucky receiving a chance to participate in the Jinhua Homestay project in Suoyuan. I am so glad to meet and get to know many of the participants, who came from so many countries to attend this project.

Jenkin (金正宇)

My name is Jenkin (金正宇), and I come from Zhejiang Province, China. I have been working for Jinhua Foreign and Overseas-Chinese Affairs Office for almost 2 years. It is my third 21-days long trip as a member of Homestay in Jinhua’s Historical Villages Project. I like sports, especially basketball. I know teamwork is very important for the e-commerce group projects. I feel honored to work in such a dedicated group. Go E-commercers!