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Wucheng & 37 Cross-Border Students
Post Time: 06/08/2018

      In the middle of July, the thick green grasses are swaying, the colorful flowers are fragrant, and the scorching sun provides a cheerful backdrop of interaction for the villagers of Yantou, who say that it is a joyful day. The joy of the day is brought about by the 37 college students from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan who are staying in the village to participate in a 10-day special session of the Jinhua Homestay. The natural scenery of Wucheng District welcomes new guests and introduces “Home Plus” for the first time.

      On the morning of July 22, the opening ceremony of the event was held in Yantou, Andi. Leaders from the provincial Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, the Liaison Office the HKSAR Government in Zhejiang, the United Front Department of the municipal Party Committee, the municipal Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, the municipal Taiwan Affairs Office, and other related units attended the ceremony and gave speeches. Lan Xiaojun, from the University of Hong Kong, and Shi Yihan, from National Chiayi University, gave speeches representing the HK and Macau participants and Taiwan participants, respectively. Lan said that in Hong Kong, it is difficult to find any beautiful historical villages such as Yantou. After only two days in the village, he could feel that a great experience was ahead: “People here are very enthusiastic and continue to surprise us. It’s the first time for me to be in Jinhua, and I’m looking forward to what’s coming next.”

      For the delight of the participants, the opening ceremony comprised a number of performances, including the Wu Opera bian lian, Jinhua daoqing, musical kuaiban, and martial arts.

      The HK, Macau, and Taiwan session of the Jinhua Homestay was launched in June 2017, and three sessions have been held so far.

      Wan Shujuan, from the School of International Tourism of the City University of Macau, said that the project is very suitable for her research interests: “It is very inspiring to have the chance to exchange opinions and discuss with people from different schools and backgrounds.”

      Zhang Hong, director of the Jinhua Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, said that this is the sister event of the Jinhua Homestay project, which is very similar. The HK, Macau, and Taiwan session, however, focuses on “being a communicative platform for mainland China and cross-border students who visit Jinhua and its beauty. On this basis, we hope to create a brand-new atmosphere with local elements and a first-rate model village surrounded by an ecologically sound environment.”

      Arriving in Yantou at 6:25 p.m. on July 21, the students were showed their Home Plus as it used to be in the previous sessions, but this time there was a new and special detail: the hosts were standing at the entrance of the village holding a half couplet, and the participants—with the other half of the couplet—needed to find their matching half. After successfully pairing the couplets, they could be accompanied to their home for the session.

      Two participants from Hong Kong quickly grew very close to the hosts of their Home Plus because they arrived earlier in Yantou. At lunch they enjoyed the lunch the host prepared and remarked, “The braised pork cooked by our host is especially delicious.” The two, also having their first experience in Jinhua, were pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the village and claimed, “It’s beautiful here! With the atmosphere of a new countryside, the houses look like villas; it’s great! Life here must be happy.” (By Tang Xuyu, translated by Marco Lovisetto, edited by Kendra Fiddler)


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