On February 8, a list of 10 families selected to spend the 2015 Spring Festival with 10 local families in Guangzhou, was released. Organized by flower fair organizers, the Guangzhou Daily Group and the Guangzhou Youth Palace, the activity has attracted a lot of interest from the public.
As a pioneering way of celebrating the new year and promoting Guangzhou as a city of flowers, the government extended an invitation to 10 cities across the nation and looked for families that were interested in Guangzhou’s culture and would like to spend the 2015 Spring Festival in Guangzhou. This move caused a stir among these cities: Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Harbin, Nanchang, Wuhan, Changsha, Nanning, Guiyang and Xiamen. Over 500 families applied for this exciting trip and expressed their love for Guangzhou.
Apart from full and accurate information of the applicants, their selection depends on other factors, including their familiarity with Guangzhou’s geographic environment and folk customs. At the same time, 10 local families to host the visitors were also going through a very rigorous process of selection. Their previous volunteer experience was preferred.
The selected members work in a wide range of occupations, including journalists, police officers, scientists and civil servants. All 20 families have been paired up according to their age, family structure, occupations and hobbies. During the trip, from February 17 to 20, they will explore the traditional flower fair, taste Cantonese dishes and tour the city.
The director of the Guangzhou Youth Palace Wang Jianping said it would be a fun and unforgettable experience and he suggested that capturing photos during the activity and sharing them with friends online could earn more fun and add more meaning to this trip.