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Siping Travels – Book Launch
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    On the afternoon of November 4, the book launch of Siping Travels was held in the village of Siping, Tangxi Town, Jinhua Economic and Technological Development Zone. Shao Guoqiang, Deputy Mayor of Jinhua City,attended the ceremony.

  Siping was the location of the second session of the Jinhua Homestay project. In February 2016, it also successfully held the activity “Experience Chinese New Year, a Happy Tour in Siping,receiving international students from Peking University, Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, and other top universities in China. There were 73 international students from 26 countries whoexperienced life in Siping, leaving with many greatmemories.

  During the homestay project, the international participants visited the landscape of western Jinhua, learned about its people, and experienced the extensive and profound Chinese traditionalculture, they also brought the story of Siping, the customs of Jinhua, and the culture of Jinhua’s eight counties to the world with their cameras and pens through the Internet. According to Lu Wenguang (Member ofthe Party Working Committee of Jinhua Economic and Technological Development Zone andDeputy Director), Siping Travelstells stories of cultural exchange from the international students point of view. The book includes stories of interactions with nostalgia andfamily love, the exchange of foreign cultures, as well as positive comments from people of all walks of life. The book tries hard to make the purest and the most beautiful impression on everyone, and produces the most appealing Jinhua story.

  Zhang Hong, Director of the Jinhua Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, said he was both an active participant and a moved beneficiary of the process starting with the organization of the Jinhua Homestay project and ending with the publishing of the book. A year ago, Siping welcomed 37 international students from 12 countries, where Chinese traditional elements and international fashion influence enhanced each other's beauty. A year later, the international students’ stories, works,and ideas are included in Siping Travels. Now, more people can discover the beautiful landscape of Siping, feel the harmony between humans and nature there, and experience the Home Plus model+ by reading the book through the perspective of the international students. Zhang hopes Siping Travelscan extend this affection, so that more people can seethe story of Jinhua, which would not have otherwise.

  Giovanni Ciuoli and Elettra Barbagli, participants of the second session of the Jinhua Homestay project, also came to the ceremony. During the second session of the project, they not only enjoyed the significative story of Jinhua and the warm Home Plus model, but also celebrated their unforgettable eighth anniversary together in Siping. This visit, they were presented with the book as representatives of the international students. Thiswas another precious gift theyreceived at their second home in China, and they willcontinue to tell the story of Jinhua to the rest of the world, together with all the international students.

  Shao Guoqiang, Deputy Mayor, said that Siping Travelswas an important introduction to the tourism of Jinhua Economic and Technological Development Zone, and was also a great piece of writing.  Siping Travelsgoes beyond the meaning of a book; it reflects the spirit of pursuing truth and beauty, seeking common ground while maintaining differences, and making friends with sincerity. He believes that Siping Travels will show readers a different Siping and Jinhua, and allow the readers to experience a special vibe. He also hopes that every reader of the book can be a carrier and promoter of the story of Siping, the features of Jinhua, and the culture of China. (By Wu Qian, translated by Jin Haiqiong, edited by Kendra Fiddler)

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