About Turnkey News Team

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Our job at Turnkey News Team (TNT)  is to provide coverage for what is currently going on within Suoyuan Village. We are a group full of interesting minds with creative thoughts and ideas, which we will utilize to present news to the locals and other Internet followers. We will take frequent photos and videos to present. In addition to our strong creative powers, we will attract viewers with the use of our many members’ varying mother tongues.

Our work includes:

News Coverage

Social Media

Video

  • 30s videos on participant’s experience of the Jinhua Homestay Project, spoken in their mother tounge
  • 3 minute longer promotional video

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A Home Away From Home

Author: Lovely Mehrotra

What happens when you are away from your family in a foreign land working on a project? You miss your home, friends and family, and food the most. But when you are a part of Jinhua Homestay program you don’t miss anything because you get a new home, a new uncle ( shūshu) and auntie (āyí) and a chance of a lifetime to try new delicious Chinese cuisines.

As the name suggests, in the Jinhua Homestay program every participant gets a chance to live with a Chinese family in their home, eat with them, and immerse yourself in their way of life, and make lifetime memories together as you would share with your own family. This program is also an incredible platform to meet people from all around the globe and work together and understand not only Chinese culture and history, but also you get a golden opportunity to know different countries and their culture and how programs like these contribute on a global level in promoting peace, harmony and friendship. All this is set in the charming village of Suoyuan, a place where the historical buildings, serene ponds, and smiling villagers will make you feel as if you’re transported back to simpler times.

In the fifth session of the Jinhua Homestay Program, 36 participants from all around the globe lived for 3 weeks together in Suoyuan village.

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Architecture Group

We are the Architecture Group at the 5th session of the Jinhua Homestay Project in Suoyuan Village. A brief information about our group is as follow,

Members:

My name is ABOUDOU Aboudoul Kadri, I’m from Togo Republic which is my father’s country and Senegal Republic which is my mom’s , and I was born in Belgium. I’ve completed my studies in Finance and Bank at the same time I was a professional football player. Before coming to China I’ve also been is several countries in Europe and in Africa.. I’m in China now for Almost 4 years. Where I studied Chinese language for 2 years. Now I’m studying Architecture at Zhejiang Sci – Tech University in Hangzhou. Now I took the opportunity that Jinhua – homestay gave me to explore Chinese Architecture through this awesome village, and learn more about the history. I love playing football , cartoons , video games , and I love cooking.

 

My name is PODAREVA Anastasia, I’m from RUSSIAN FEDERATION. I’ve been in China for 4 years. Nowadays, I study bachelor of Chinese language and literature in Zhejiang Sci-Tech University. My hobbies are writing poems and singing.

 

I am GAURI Deshpande. I belong to Maharashtra state and I live in Pune. My interest in the world of musical instruments began at the age of 10, when I started learning Indian classical music. What began as a hobby culminated into a full-fledged career path for me when I started pursuing a Master’s degree in music. I got numerous opportunities for the All India Radio ( Akashwani ) , which is a music channel on the Indian radio. I am equally enthralled by the customs and traditions of China. My first brush with this culture came at the age of 15 when I befriended two Chinese girls in my school. Their behaviour , mannerisms, language and stories about their home country further piqued up my interest. Having studied Bachelors and one-year Masters in International Business Management, I am particularly awed by the management skills and business structures in China. I got to know about the Jinhua Homestay project from my friend Yogish, who has already been a participant of the ZhiYan session last year. As he shared his amazing experiences about China and its culture, it got my curiosity there. From their food and music to their dressing style and language, China is one country that has never failed to inspire me it’s so truly said that, “Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.” So I am really excited for the next chapter of my book and also experiencing it the best and that’s The Jinhua Homestay Project, China.

 

I am SYED Ammad ud din. I am Pakistani and currently living in Beijing, China. I study Automotive Engineering at Tsinghua University. This is my first time experiencing life in Chinese village and I am loving every moment.My hobbies are do sports, eating and sleeping. I have chosen architecture group because I wanted to learn about the ancient construction techniques and would like to contribute to help protect these buildings.

 

I am MADHURA Dasnurkar from Pune, India. I am a student of architecture and a passionate and avid traveler. I firmly believe that the best learning happens while travelling and experiencing the local art, culture and architecture of any given place. Understanding of the local culture, the history and its importance during my architectural studies, has instigated in me a deep interest for the history and evolution of such village settlements and the culture surrounding it. That is why I wanted to be to be a part of the Jinhua Homestay Project and learn and experience historical Chinese architecture. Having read about Chinese history and traditions during my architectural history classes, it is like a dream come true for me, getting this opportunity to live in the midst of such a rich architectural and cultural legacy. And I’m sure that the rich stories that I take back home with me to India, shall inspire more architects such as myself, to come and be a part of this noble cause.

 

I am SHREYA Dubey I belong to a Madhya Pradesh a state in India. I have completed my studies in Architecture and I was always hold an interest in studying the cultural diversity of various countries round the world .this program gave me an opportunity to come and spend time with the regional people of the Village of understand about the ancient architecture of the Village , ethnic way of using materials, learning about the design philosophy behind each house and the theory of FengShui, learning about architectural characters and how to stay rooted to the culture with a tint of modernity.

 

Volunteers:

I’m Chloe from Foreign Affaires Office of Yongkang Municipal Government. As the leader of architecture group, I am so proud to have such excellent participants and volunteers to complete this group task.

 

 

 

 

My name is Lin Fang Yu (林芳宇),my English name is Ellie. I come from Jiangshan, Zhejiang province. Now I’m studying for my master degree in Zhejiang Normal University, and my major is Translations studies. I’m an active and enthusiastic person and always ready to help others. I am a volunteer for Architecture group, so I usually take the responsibility of translation when our participants want to do a interview with the local villagers. As for me, myself also has a great interest in architecture. And I consider this chance of completing this task with my foreign participants as a precious memory.

 

I am a student from ZJNU in Jinhua, now as a volunteer in the architecture group. You can call me Maggie. I’ve been always eager to interact with foreigners and introduce the brilliant Chinese culture in an international stage. It’s a good opportunity for me to explore the traditional culture in Suoyuan, especially the architectures, and help foreign friends have a better understanding of these beautiful woodcarvings, structures, stories, beliefs about these ancient halls. My major task is to help our group members to communicate with villagers and translate their final results.

 

My Chinese name is 赵佳锜,and my English name is Ben. I study in Zhejiang Normal University as an English major student. One month ago, I chose to spend half of my summer holiday to be one part of the volunteer team. The reason is that I’d like to experience the tranquility of village life. Besides,I want to meet people all around the world and learn about their culture and history. Being one participant in the architecture group, I feel honored. I like exploring the history of ancient architecture that roots in this village. In the following days, I will try my best to offer my utmost help to those participants in the group.

 

My name is Jin Owen. I’m a student of National Kauhsiung Marine University and my major is marine engine.It is lucky that I can participate in this homestay project.

Mission

Our team mission is to work on the protection and preservation of ancient architecture and cultural heritage of Suoyuan village. The mission includes providing a plan of ancient architectures conservation and create an English introduction brochure for the available ancient architectures in Suoyuan before the end of the project. The team will also work on improvement of map of the village which was previously created and will suggest different strategies to help improve the living standards of villagers.

Progress

First Week:

In first week we went outside to have some conversation with the villagers and also with the guide who has knowledge and experience about the Suoyuan history and for that we prepared our own questions. Research concerning the tasks and results about the precedent participant regarding the protection of the ancient architecture. Research to get ideas about how other countries are protecting their cultural heritage.

Second Week:

We planned in this week to take our time to have another tour in Suoyuan village to visit the ancient building and places that we have been before, to get more information and details about how those building were built and for what purpose. Took the pictures of the halls and shortlist the halls which specifically need protection.

Third week:

The third and last week of the project was mainly focused on documentation. The brochure and protection plan was completed. The team of volunteers started translating the documents. In this week our research team also visited around Suoyuan village to find out basic requirements of the village like street lights etc.

Suoyuan

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

#ThingsToDoInSuoyuan

As a traveler one needs sufficient information about the place he/she visits, our motive and aim is to deliver genuine and useful information to our users ! Hope my article helps you.

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

Introducing the Garden Group!

Greetings! We are the Garden Group at the 5th session of the Jinhua Homestay Project in Suoyuan. Below you can  see more about us, and what we have been up to in our three weeks in the Jindong District.

Members

Malin Hafskjær – Norway: Malin is a university student from Bolsøya, Norway, and is undertaking her Bachelor Degree in Chinese Language at Bergen University. She speaks English, Spanish, Norwegian and Mandarin. In her free time she likes to play underwater rugby. Malin chose to take part in the Jinhua Homestay Project because she enjoys learning about China, and wanted the opportunity both to learn more about lived-Chinese culture, and to practice her Mandarin.

 

Brady Hazelbower – the United States of America: Brady currently works as an ESL teacher in Jinhua, Zhejiang Province. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois, and is the first of his family to obtain a tertiary degree. Brady has visited China and Vietnam before, and this is the second time he has participated in the Jinhua Homestay Project, staying in Yuyuan in 2016.

 

Tess Humphrys – the United Kingdom: Originally from Sheffield, Tess has been working in China for four years, and currently resides in Suzhou, Jiangsu. She has completed her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Studies and her Masters of Arts in Public Relations. Tess is well-travelled, having visited Vietnam, Sir Lanka and New Zealand in 2016 alone. She speaks English and Spanish, and is currently studying Mandarin. After living in China for four years, Tess wanted to finally experience life in the more rural areas. Of the homestay she has said in her own words that: ‘it has been a great experience living with our family and making friends from all over the world.’

 

Reade Allison – Australia: Reade is studying at the University of Adelaide, undertaking  a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Law, and a Bachelor of Language degree. Reade speaks English, German and Mandarin, and has completed the HSK 5. He has visited China once before, travelling to Shanghai and Beijing, and studying Mandarin at Shandong University, Jinan, for 5 weeks. Having travelled to the major cities, Reade chose to take part in the Jinhua Homestay Project as a means to experience a more traditional form of Chinese life.

 

Charis Hu – China: Charis, often going by the nickname of A Fu amongst her friends, is completing her Bachelor of Arts from Zhejiang University. She comes from Jinhua, and speaks English and Mandarin. She is fond of reading and travelling, having visited both Thailand and Korea. Charis enjoys growing flowers at home, and saw the homestay project as a great way to make meaningful relationships with people from across the globe, as well as to broaden her horizons.

 

Yan Ruodan (Elle)- China: Elle is a teacher from Jinhua, holding a Bachelor of Teaching degree from Ningbo University. She speaks Mandarin, English and Japanese, and has visited Japan before. In her free time, Elle enjoys playing the guzheng. Elle loves doing volunteer work, and believed that the homestay would be a great opportunity to connect with people from all walks of life, as well as to learn a bit more of their diverse cultures and experiences.

 

Thabile Manensa – South Africa: Thabile is undertaking a national diploma in Tourism Management at Walter Sisulu University. He speaks English, IsiXhosa and SeSotho. He hopes to found and register his own events company. Thabile has been studying Asian culture at university, and thought that the homestay would be a great real-life example of culture in China. He has enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about not only China’s major cities, but also its traditional culture.

 

Xing  Shuangshuang (Daisy) – China: Daisy is an English teacher from Jinhua. She speaks Mandarin, English and Japanese. She holds a Master’s degree in Translation Studies. In her free time Daisy enjoys playing the guzheng and basketball. This has been Daisy’s second time volunteering as part of the Jinhua Homestay Project.

 

Guo Kaixin (Kai) – China: Kai originates from Taizhou, but is now a student at Jinhua University. He holds a Master’s degree in Translation and Interpretation. Kai has completed some translation work for the economy forum of  the “Belt of Truth” initiative in Jinhua, and speaks Mandarin, Japanese and English, even though he doesn’t get many opportunities to practise his English. The project was the perfect way for him to use his English skills, and to meet people from different backgrounds.

 

Cleopatra Dube – South Africa: Cleopatra is a student from Port Elizabeth. She is a research candidate for the Master’s of Science Chemistry degree at the Nelson Mandela University. She has been to Thailand and this is her first visit to China.  Cleopatra speaks English and IsiXhosa. She is a self-identified speed freak, and loves to be inside fast-moving vehicles such as cars, bikes, boats and roller-coasters. Despite her love of speed, Cleo has been enjoying the tranquil life of Suoyuan village, and believes that the homestay is a great opportunity for her to broaden her horizons and to see what the world has to offer.

 

Xu Xiaogu (James) – China: James is about to commence his undergraduate studies at Tsinghua University, Beijing. In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports, such as swimming and basketball, reading, and doing problem solving exercises. As he transitions from high school to university life, James has decided that this homestay project would provide him with the perfect opportunity to not only learn more deeply about Jinhua and its Chinese cultural heritage, but also to volunteer with people from all over the world, and to build many international friendships.

Mission

Our group’s mission is to come to a greater understanding of Jindong District’s unique horticultural industry and of Suoyuan’s strong gardening culture. We will conduct research on the nature and function of gardening in the area. We will furthermore add our own contributions to the vibrant and colourful gardens that one can see dotted across the village.  In this way we hope to bring light to the unique gardening and plant characteristics of the district, as well as to leave a memento of our time spent in this village, emphasising Suoyuan’s position as a global village.

Progress

In the first week, the Garden Group worked hard to gather comprehensive information on gardening and horticulture in the Jindong area. Our members surveyed the area, documenting and researching the commonly-found flora, as well as getting in contact with local experts to garner a deeper understanding of the cultural and social significance of Jindong’s garden characteristics. The information gathered has taken the form of a helpful brochure, detailing local varieties of plants and flowers that a keen observer may spy throughout the garden paths of Suoyuan, as well as more general information about the role of nurseries in the district.

In the second week the group’s hard work took creative form in the production of our colourful pot plants, which not only highlight the gardening characteristics of the village, but also bear evidence of Suoyuan’s role as a global village, displaying brightly the flags of all the participants in the project. Our group members spent the week procuring the necessary materials, and working through each national flag, to produce something for the gardens that was both bright and colourful, as well as pertinent to the project at large.

In the third and final week of the project, the group’s creations took to the streets of Suoyuan Village. Our members positioned the pots across the main attractions of the village, and filled them with plants and flowers of note for the region. Alongside the research we have published in our helpful brochure that visitors may use to come to a greater understanding of Suoyuan’s vibrant gardens, we have also collated interesting information on horticulture in the respective nationsof our participants. From this we hope to bring international colour to this project, and to shed more light on the nations of the participants who have left their mark on this global village. You will be able to see entries on the respective countries below. If you are feeling a little more adventurous however, you may find QR codes attached to each of our pots, which will take you to some interesting information corresponding to its representative nation. We hope you enjoy our little homage to Jindong’s international flavour, as well as all the vibrant greenery that Suoyuan has to offer!