Five foreign friends: Olivier Ruelle from France, Roze Merie Cuevas and Fodil Selmouni from Canada, Eve from Lithuania and Jones Talmadge from the United States have all forged and affinity with Hangzhou. They positively integrate themselves into Hangzhou, working and living here, and making many friends. Now let’s see their stories.

Modern Marco Polo Marks in Hangzhou


Olivier Ruelle

Nationality: France

Founder of Minglu Consulting, Doctor of Sociology in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Ruelle, from France, has been to China for at least 20 years. He is the founder of Minglu Consulting, Doctor of Sociology in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and settles down in Hangzhou which has currently becomes his second hometown. He believes there’s a vast market in Hangzhou. Meanwhile, Hangzhou municipal government is supportive in creating a favorable business environment, which is an extra advantage. He would like to thump up for Hangzhou’s business environment.[detail]

Thumb up for the beauty of art in Hangzhou

Roze Merie Cuevas

Nationality: Canada

JAC Founder & Chief Designer, Part-time Vice Chairman of Fashion Town Women’s Federation

JAC Founder & Chief Designer, Part-time Vice Chairman of Yuhang Fashion Town Women’s Federation. Roze Merie Cuevas came to Hangzhou 10 years ago, and is the JAC Founder & Chief Designer. Hangzhou is like a treasury. The scenery, plants and historical sites here have all inspired her design. She mixes Hangzhou elements into her design, and thumbs up for the beauty of art in Hangzhou.[detail]

Thumb up for an open Hangzhou


Fodil Selmouni

Nationality: Canada

Foreign teacher of Tourism College of Zhejiang

Fodil, a Canadian born in France, has been in Hangzhou for 4 years. He is a foreign teacher of English Major in the Tourism College of Zhejiang. He got a Chinese name 富极乐 by himself, meaning one can be rich if he/she’s very happy. Being in Hangzhou for long, he finds that it is a globally influential city. Working here, he would like to thumb up for the open Hangzhou.[detail]

Thumb up for the traditional culture of Hangzhou


Eve

Nationality: Lithuania

Business Development Manager of Japanese jewelry brand KAZARI

Eve, from Lithuania, has been in Hangzhou for eight years. At present, she is the Business Development Manager of Japanese jewelry brand KAZARI. She loves to communicate with customers. For this reason, she has made a lot of Chinese friends. And also she is a big fan of Hangzhou’s culture. At her home, you may see plentiful traditional Chinese articles collected by her. According to her, Hangzhou should be known and understood by more. She would like to thumb up for the traditional culture of Hangzhou.[detail]

Thumb up for the arts environment of Hangzhou


Jones Talmadge

Nationality: America

An actor of X The Land of Fantasy Thumb up for the arts environment of Hangzhou

Jones Talmadge comes from America. He is an actor of X The Land of Fantasy and he is good at several kinds of performing forms, including impromptu dance, modern dance, ballet, jazz, acrobatics and magic. Creation and performance are the process of mutual communication and complement between the city and him. He likes the arts environment of Hangzhou![detail]

Affect by COVID-19, “staying local for the Spring Festival” has become a key word of the Spring Festival 2021. So how did these five foreign friends celebrate the Spring Festival in Hangzhou, and how they feel about the traditional Chinese atmosphere? Having been integrated into Hangzhou for years, they are in fact quite familiar with the traditional Chinese customs. Let’s look and see how the modern Marco Polo have their “Chinese New Year”.


Roze Merie Cuevas


Eve


Olivier Ruelle


Fodil Selmouni
Modern Marco Polo Marks in Hangzhou