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90 Students for Jinhua's New Year
Post Time:06/02/2017 Browse Number:

At 5:37 AM on January 23, Nicolas Pau, a Belgian student from Tsinghua University was the first participant of the Spring Festival Session 2017 of the Jinhua Homestay project to reach Jinhua. Before leaving for his final destination, Suoyuan, Jindong District, he went for a walk downtown. At 7:34, Abdellah Berhil, a Moroccan student, was the second to arrive. His first comment was, "Nice!" as, for the first time, he experienced the Spring Festival Transport Peak. His final destination was Zhiyan, Lanxi. At 8:10, Diego Bolivar, husband of Ecuador's Deputy Consul General in Shanghai, arrived in Jinhua after learning about the Jinhua Homestay project during a visit to Wuyi in March 2016.  His destination was Siping Tangxi.


       The Spring Festival Session 2017 of the Jinhua Homestay was held in four villages at the same time, recording the presence of 23 international students in Suoyuan, 22 in Siping, 22 in Yuyuan, and 23 in Zhiyan. A spokesperson of Jinhua's Foreign Affairs Office declared that 123 applications were initially submitted by international students from 43 countries currently studying in well-known Chinese universities, including Peking University and Tsinghua University. Finally, a group of 90 students from 37 countries was selected to take part in the project.


       During their stay in Jinhua's historical villages, the participants not only attracted the attention of the locals and media but also worked on ways to promote the name of Jinhua around the world. On this occasion, the locations and dates of the fifth and sixth sessions were released:

- the fifth session of the JH will be held in Suoyuan from June 24 to July 14;

- the sixth session of the JH will be held in Shangjing, Jinhua Development Zone, from September 6-26.

       The decision to return to Suoyuan was made to provide the village with a new opportunity to further improve its economy and tourism. Hosting two sessions each year has made the Jinhua Homestay grow in fame and has brought a bigger number of new visitors to Jinhua. (By Wang Lei, translated by Marco Lovisetto, edited by Xiamara Hohman)

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