Rural Vitalization & Songyang Path

the 12th Conference for the Revival of Chinese Villages 

May 28-31, 2021

Songyang, Zhejiang


Conference for the Revival of Chinese Villages:

A long-term practice of “Assembly in villages”


What was the experience of gathering several hundred people to hold a forum in a previously unknown village? 

Such a special rural construction event has been held 12 times in 5 years – for the purpose of “assembly in village”, the Conference for the Revival of Chinese Villages is a convention of rural construction, organized by academic institutions, rural planning departments and homestay inn (Minsu) operating societies such as School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing Green Cross Society, and Minsu Cluster Design Lab. It is so far an important force as a platform operated to transmit and exchange personal research experience for practitioners in rural construction. It aims to convey the latest and most cutting-edge information cases of rural construction, so as to share the vision of front-line practice experts in rural construction with participants, as well as help change the attitudes towards rural construction of cadre group in conference site. 

More importantly, based on the idea of “a forum, a rural construction practice”, the Conference for the Revival of Chinese Villages injects systematic rural-construction resources to the assembly site. Brands in planning and design, homestay inn operating, cultural creative industries all settle in the target village with a complete set of tailored planning and construction, igniting the village and then to the whole country by a conference.   

Since 2016, the Conference for the Revival of Chinese Villages has been successively held in eleven districts and counties of Henan, Guizhou, Shandong, Guangdong, Shaanxi, Fujian, Shanxi and Chongqing in five years, which emerges as an extraordinary example of rural vitalization and promotes the work of local governments in rural planning & design, rural governance, practice and operation.

The 12th Conference for the Revival of Chinese Villages will be held in Songyang, Zhejiang Province, during May 28-31, 2021. Perfectly preserved, Songyang is a sample county of “classical China”, hailed as “the last wonderland in Jiangnan” by the Chinese National Geography Magazine. Under the theme of “Rural Vitalization & Songyang Path”, the conference gathers hundreds of experts in rural construction. In the following three days, they will visit and explore traditional villages, listen to nearly 30 in-depth speeches on practical experiences and cutting-edge information of rural construction, so as to explore the path of rural vitalization.

Co-sponsored by

Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.
Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning and Design Institute Co., Ltd.
Arcplus Group PLC
World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region under the Auspices of UNESCO (WHITRAP)
Shanghai Construction No.4 (Group) Co., Ltd.

Administered by

Ministry of Education of PRC

Sponsored by

Tongji University

Published by

Tongji University Press

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