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DWC-01-24 CHINA Da Ling Xia Village, Yongding, Longyan, Fujian Pro... EDU,KIDS 27/07/2024 04/08/2024

Fujian Tulou - Engaging Youth in World Heritage | DWC-01-24 | 2024-07-27 - 2024-08-04 | EDU,KIDS | Age: 18 - 99

Zinong, a sharing platform of natural and cultural living, enables participants to experience the culture, food and handicraft in different regions. Their main destinations are rural villages. Through deep excavation of village’s culture, history, handicraft and nature elements, Zinong combines education with tourism to develop various in-depth experiential learning programs. Zinong’s vision and mission: • Guide the city to know the village again; Help the villagers build the village together • Discover, share, and build together the beautiful village together

Work: Project Needs: Fujian Tulous (土楼) are unique Chinese rural dwellings built between the 12th and 20th centuries by the mountainous Hakka people living in Fujian. In China, the Chinese traditional concept called “Feng-Shui” focuses on the relationship between human being and nature. Therefore, the Tulous were built with great consideration of the harmony with and respect for their surrounding nature in a very sustainable and energy efficient way, using local materials. They are interdependent with the mountains and rivers and form an ecological connection with nature over time. However, with globalization and the expansion of cities today, the environment is sometime ignored and new structures are being built around the Tulous. Only some number of Tulou are protected, while thousands of less popular Tulou buildings are either abandoned or left vacant in worn out conditions. Moreover, a Tulou is usually inhabited by one family clan of several generations, and the enclosed structure allows for members to work together defending each other. Individual rooms provide privacy, but there are also communal areas, which provides for cultural gatherings and communication. Nowadays, the community dependence is weakening with young inhabitants moving out to the cities for work or for school. Emphasis on private property is growing and villagers prefer living in larger and more modern buildings. With modern society, communities are no longer as tight-knitted. Younger generations are also becoming more disconnected with Tulou and its heritage. Project Aims: • Educate local youths on Tulou’s heritage and other world heritage from other countries • Preserve, protect, and promote Tulou (background, history, heritage, culture, architect) through interaction with the local community children and villagers • Enhance international exchange and promote sustainable tourism and development of the Tulou • Inspire future changemakers who are impactful towards world heritage preservation and sustainable tourism and/or building structures Work/Activities: • Lesson plan and educate local children on the importance of heritage protection through games, activities, music/videos, and other informal methods in a class setting • Learn about Tulou (how they are constructed, their history, the local situation and challenges, etc.) • Marketing/promotional activities such as creating tools to promote/share/raise awareness about Tulous • Share the World/Cultural Heritage of your country with the local people • Participate in discussion on changemaking stories or ideas on world heritage preservation, conservation, and sustainable building structures whether they are from your country or from others

Accomodation and food: Workcampers will be staying in an old village school dormitory with simple beddings. Workcampers who are not used to hard mattresses may bring their own sleeping bag. A cooking and cleaning schedule will be arranged at the beginning of the workcamp, and workcampers will take turns with cooking and cleaning chores. There will be a day where volunteers will cook and share their own country’s food with local villagers and other volunteers.

Location: Da Ling Xia Village, Yongding, Longyan, Fujian Province

Location and Leisure: Longyan is seated in western Fujian Province. General terrain of Longyan descends from east and north to west and south. Mountains and hills zigzag northeast-southwest parallelly, occupying nearly eighty percent of the city s land area. This city belongs to the subtropical zone, enjoying an oceanic monsoon climate. Its weather is moderate all the year round. Without chilly winter and torrid summer, the annual average temperature falls between 18°C and 20°C. Special local products include Chanting dried bean curd, Liancheng dried sweet potato, Zhangping dried bamboo shoot, Xinluo rice noodle and peanut, Wanying tea, Xuan paper (Chinese calligraphic paper), Shuixian Cha Bing (cake-shaped compressed tea), Yongding persimmon. 1. Guanzhai Mountain (冠豸山): This is a scenic spot with mountains, lakes, rivers, caves, and temples. You will be able to see a panoramic vista of villages and can also see academies built during the Song, Ming and Qing dynasty. 2. Peitian Ancient Village (培田古村): Located at the foot of the Guanzhai Mountain, the village contains traditional and ancient Chinese houses and temples that are a different architectural style than the earth buildings

Airport: XMN

Train/Bus station: Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (Code: XMN)

Long Yan Railway Station (龙岩站)

Language: eng

Extra Fee: 1500 CNY

Participation Fee: 1,500 RMB