This International village is located approximately 17 km East of Jinhua City Center. It’s name is derived from the shape of the village as it resembles an ancient longevity lock!

Most residents carry the surname ‘Yan’ as they are descendants of Yan Zi-Ling, a famous hermit of the Eastern Han Dynasty. Most local people resides in ancient houses but some have newly built or remoulded their houses to appear more modern. Suoyuan can easily be reached by public transport from Jinhua city. The nearest town is Lipu town, which is 1.5 km on foot. Suoyuan is said to be one of the richest village in this area!

Our tourism page describes interesting sights and activities one can do in Suoyuan!

People in Suoyuan are friendly and open minded and it is easy to find people to chat and share stories with. One of the interesting thing is house doors are left open during daytime, so that the neighbours can drop by if they want.

Tourism activity has long been identified as a tool to development that stimulates improved environmental management and planning and its contribution towards environmental health. Rather than staying in a four star hotel or budget- friendly hostel in the Jinhua metropolis of five million people, one can prefer to stay in family homes in a village with closer to 1000 residents. The homestay in Suoyuan is very similar to bed and breakfasts often found in other parts of the world. Homestay are a sustainable hospitality option allowing guests to learn about Chinese history and culture while enjoying many modern conveniences.

You are also likely to get a good Chinese name from your host family

The one I got is – Yan Chin Suo 严金锁

Our webpage ‘Tourism in Suoyuan’ will give you a good idea of


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Souyuan Village Experience

As part of my graduate studies, I was invited to apply for a homestay program in Jinhua, China. I thought this project sounded great: three weeks in a rural village in China with loads of cultural tour and tons of activities provided. The key sponsor of this program is the Foreign and Overseas-Chinese Affairs Office of Jinhua Municipal People’s Government.
The Jinhua Homestay program is specially tailored made to give participants an intimate look at life in a typical rural village in China. When most people picture China, undoubtedly the first thing that comes to mind is huge cities with multistory building and millions of people. However, just under half of the population of China lives in a rural area. The urban population exceeded rural population 5 years ago. So rural areas and small villages play a crucial role in China.
The aims of this project is to help preserve the original cultural atmosphere of these historical villages. And then to assist with developing them as destinations for both domestic and international tourists. The program also emphasizes on cultural exchange and promoting an understanding of Chinese culture, architecture, art, and folklore. By learning about Jinhua and Chinese culture, we will be able to share these stories with the world.
There are about 40 participants from all over the world. Some are students of language and culture, while some have lived in China previously and some are like myself; no previous experience much of China or the language.
This session, we are based in Souyuan village, about couple of hours away from Jinhua city. Many of these villages date back hundreds of years. In some cases,
historical buildings were torn down to make way for more modern structures. They have been electrified and furnished with modern facilities and are still used as town centers and meeting places. We are all staying in a homestay, with a local family. In my house, we have three participants plus a volunteer leader. These volunteers are mostly students who serve as translators, teachers, and liaisons for the foreign participants between the program managers and our hosts.
In addition to learning more about Chinese culture, we divided into groups and have begun working on making a pamphlet with information on the area, and we have also been photographed extensively.
Three weeks into the program and I have learned more about China than I ever thought possible. I have met some amazing people, both local people from the community and other participants from all over the world. I am looking forward to the final week and completing our project. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is interested in learning more about the world and other cultures.
By Ms. Nang Si Htong
2017 July 12

E-bike plus nature equals happiness

Good morning, Suoyuan! 🙂

E-commerce is a fascinating phenomenon that rapidly transforms global economy. In 2015-16 Asia-Pacific region dominated B2C e-commerce. China leading this e-commerce movement in the region with $766.5 bln turnover as of 2015. Jinhua in particular is the place to visit when one wants to learn more about e-commerce nuts and bolts and to see for themselves how e-economy contributes to the national development goals and cross-boarder cooperation.  Alibaba, TaoBao, Tensen, and many other well-known e-business giants are headquartered in the area forming what one might call the Silicon Valley of China.  Many e-business incubators scattered in the region offering young entrepreneurs opportunities to experiment with ideas, build their own business, and promote themselves online. Receiving an opportunity to attend the Jinhua Homestay project 2017 located exactly in this thriving area meant to have a chance to see for myself what made the e-commerce in Jinhua so successful.

As a part of the e-commerce task team for the Jinhua Homestay 2017 program, I was able to meet with the representatives of many interesting e-commerce projects in the region:  (i) LiPu Plants Nursery, which trades gardening plants and equipment across China and overseas. (ii)YiWu, China’s number one e-commerce village that offers all interpreters – even those with very little capital – an opportunity to open new business of their dream. The village provides entrepreneurs with all facilities necessary for the smooth e-business operation and offers support negotiating deals with many middlemen a business has to deal with to trade successfully.

One of the days at the Jinhua Homestay, the organizers hosted a lecture that aimed at helping the participants to better understand the phenomenon of the e-commerce in Jindong, Jinhua, and China. One of the greatest inventions of the Chinese e-commerce industry to date is the shared e-bicycle. Only when visiting China did I realize how great such an invention is! In China, renting the bike over an app is a piece of cake. What is more wonderful – its rent cost is very low. Bikes are available everywhere. For the lazy ones there is even an option to rent an electric bike that can go as fast as the car can.  To no surprise, we have an e-bike station at our Homestay in Suoyouan.

Almost every morning I take advantage of having the bikes right there across the street from my home. Riding around the village helped me to enjoy the beauty of the area to the fullest. It is such an amazing feeling when you ride the bike down the bike lane very early in the morning surrounded with nothing but beautiful nature brimming with life! Birds have just awoken, the air is cool, and large leaves of the lotus flower are covered with the morning dew reflecting the sun in every drop! A rare opportunity for a city girl to get a piece of quiet and tranquility. I would give the world to have the opportunity to experience it again and again.

With that, it looks like I have to thank e-commerce for coming up with such an amazing idea as the e-bike, Jinhua entrepreneurs for making it so easy for me to have access to one on a daily basis, and the village of Suoyouan for offering me the most valuable treasure there is – natural scenery – to enjoy when riding the bike.

Polina Bogomolova

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



Group introduction – E-commerce

e-commerce group picture, courtesy of Suoyuan village photography team

E-Commerce group mission and goals

Mission: To describe the current state of the Jinhua e-commerce and its advantages; identify the means to promote it and to attract more enterprise cooperation in cross-border e-commence.

The goals to be achieved before the end of the project

1. Complete research evaluating the current state of e-commerce in Jindong District and Jinhua and identifying opportunities for growth.

2. Design a tourism website/tab on Jinhua Homestay for Suoyuan village.

Read more about the group participants

Read more about the group volunteers

Group reports:

Qinyanliu case

Jinhua Guwuyaohuo Factory

Lipu Nursery

Chinese online game service network