Home-stay in Jinhua’s Historical Villages
An Overseas Perspective on the Preservation & Development of Chinese Traditional Culture
1. Project Description
The project will select 50 international applicants (over the two sessions) for a 3-week home-stay experience in the historical villages of Jinhua, Zhejiang. During the stay, the sponsor will offer a comprehensive introduction to the history, customs and architecture of traditional villages, providing the participants with the opportunity to experience local culture and learn traditional handicraft. Applicants should have a strong interest in Chinese culture and/or the travel and tourism industry, but do not necessarily need to speak Chinese. Participants will be responsible for their own travel to Shanghai. After that, all expenses for accommodation, transport, meals and so on will be paid by the project. The sponsor will also provide each participant with a personal spending allowance of RMB 750. The participants will be requested to make suggestions and/or produce materials about the conservation, development and use of the locations visited over the three weeks of their stay. This may take the form of maps, pamphlets, artworks or web pages written in the participants’ mother tongue, aimed at presenting the villages through their countries’ media channels.
2. Project Aims
The aim of this project is to promote an understanding of the historical villages of Jinhua, Zhejiang Province, by direct experience of local culture. International participants will have the opportunity to live in a traditional village for three weeks. They will learn about traditional Chinese culture, historical architecture and folklore. Additionally, the project is the first stage in a plan to attract tourists from all over the world interested in travelling to historical villages, and to introduce Jinhua’s villages to an international audience. Eventually, the villages will be transformed into international level centres for ecotourism and leisure holidays, while preserving original elements of local culture, and bringing international renown to Jinhua.
Sponsor: Foreign and Overseas-Chinese Affairs Office of Jinhua Municipal People’s Government. Coordinator: Publicity Department of the Jinhua Municipal Party Committee, Jinhua Municipal Bureau of Tourism, Jinhua Municipal Bureau of Culture. Co-sponsor: Suoyuan Village, Lipu (First session) and Siping Village, Tangxi (Second session).
4. Event timing
Applicants will be asked to express a preference for one of the following sessions.
First session: 22 June – 12 July 2015
Second session: 12 October – 1 November 2015
As well as the opportunity to experience life in the village in which participants are staying, the three-week program will include visits to other historical villages and places of interest. Participants will be expected to spend some time working on tasks relevant to the project (see below). There will be a concluding event and a project evaluation. A certificate of participation will be provided, recognising the individual contribution of each participant to the project.
There will be one day each week of free time. Transport will be provided for those who wish to visit Jinhua city. Visits to other places of interest will be arranged on some days. There will be a schedule for the other days. The following is an example of a typical such day:
08:30-11:30 Cultural Experience, such as Making Handicraft / Playing a Chinese Traditional Musical Instrument / Paper-cutting / Making Tofu / Making rice-wine / Basket- weaving / Making Dumplings
14:00-17:00 Work on Project Tasks
18:30-20:30 Salon / Social Time
6. Conditions for Application
1. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, and either be students or teachers enrolled in overseas universities, or have other experience relevant to the project.
2. Applicants must have a deep interest in traveling, and in learning about traditional Chinese culture, architecture and customs.
3. Applicants must agree to accomplish at least one of the tasks listed in Section 7 below. The organizers will do their best to allocate tasks according to applicants’ preferences, but the final decision on the allocation of tasks will be taken according to the needs of the project. Applicants must agree that any work they produce in connection with these tasks can be used by the organizers to further the aims of the project.
4. Applicants must be in a healthy physical condition.
5. Photos and video are likely to be taken of participants during some of the project activities. Applicants must agree to any such material being used, if required, to further the aims of the project.
a. Design a map of the villages or a tourist pamphlet (including transportation details), translate street signs of the villages; translate relevant historical information; provide advice about the development of home-stay tourism in the villages. b. Provide writing suitable for publication, about the experience, including impressions on the local customs, folk tales, styles of architecture and the surroundings.
c. Give feedback about the home-stay accommodation, make recommendations about how to develop a foreigner-friendly home-stay environment, based on basic plans already existing. d. Design a tourist promotional website for an overseas readers.
e. Create artworks, using photos and/or other medium, related to and/or representing the traditional villages.
1. Will be the participants provided with a pick-up at the airport? Arrival time and flight number need to be communicated in advance. An English- speaking pick-up and transport to Jinhua on 22 Jun 2015 at Shanghai Pudong Airport will be arranged.
2. How can the participants reach Jinhua? The sponsor will arrange a transfer service for the group. If any participants decide to travel to Jinhua by themselves, the sponsor will refund the Shanghai-Jinhua train ticket.
3. Will the participants be able to travel around individually? During the 3-week stay, the sponsor will schedule events and tasks, dividing the participants into smaller groups. If participants wish to travel in China by themselves, at their own expense, they are welcome to do so, but they need to do that before or after the project. Participants who do not wish to use the provided transfer from and/or back to Shanghai must inform the organiser before the start of the program.
4. Will English-speaking staff be available, who can assist participants in everyday life? The group of international participants will be accompanied throughout the whole event by English-speaking volunteers, minimizing linguistic barriers.
5. Where will the participants live during the event?
The accommodation provided will be in either local family houses or designated hostels in the villages.
6. Will water and electricity be provided?
Yes, water and electricity will be available for common use.
7. Will the participants need to cook, or the meal will be provided?
Three meals a day will be provided, primarily Chinese food.
8. Can participants with food allergies apply for this project?
– Yes. They must declare their allergies in the application form.
9. Will medical care and first aid be accessible?
– Yes, both medical care and first aid will be available in villages.
10. What are the accommodation conditions?
– Bed sheets and blankets (weekly cleaning), toilet, shower, air-conditioning will be provided. Accommodation will be comfortable but basic, consistent with what would be expected in a rural village.
11. Will a car/bus service be available to visit Jinhua and it’s surroundings?
– The sponsor will arrange group sightseeing tours.
12. What is the deadline for the tasks of map, pamphlet, web-site design, essay writing and artwork creation?
– All tasks need to be completed before the end of the event.
13. Will the participants be staying in one location or in several different places?
– The co-sponsors aim to promote home-stay tourism, so participants will spend most of their time in a single village. According to the event schedule, the sponsor will arrange visits and activities in the surrounding areas, though individual travel will not be possible within the 3 weeks of the event.
14. What resources (Internet connection, computer, studio/workshop) will be offered in the villages?
– A workroom with Wi-Fi will be available in each village, where participants can meet and work together. Participants must bring their own laptops and other project-related equipment.
15. Is it possible to carry out other field-work or investigations at the same time?
– Yes, it is possible, as long as it does not interfere with the main aims of the project. The organiser must be informed in advance.
16. Will a certificate be issued?
– A certificate of participation will be issued to each person by the Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Jinhua Municipal People’s Government.
17. Is any insurance provided by the sponsor?
– Participants must purchase their own comprehensive travel insurance.
18. What is the policy on smoking?
Participants must not smoke in the accommodation, workrooms, transport etc. The organizers will do their best to protect participants from smoke, but it is not possible totally to guarantee that they will not occasionally come into contact with smokers.