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Homestay villas to play important role in upcoming flower expo

Homestay villas to play important role in upcoming flower expo

Zhou Shengjie / SHINE

The main entrance of the 10th China Flower Expo.

After his early retirement from a downtown company in 2012, Chongming District resident Gu Hongbin turned his villa into one of the first homestay sites on the island to make ends meet.

The successful operation inspired his neighbors to follow suit.

As the 10th China Flower Expo is set to begin next month, all 37 houses in No. 3 Hongqiao Village have been converted into staycation manors under the brand “Gu Bobo’s Homestay” to accommodate some of the visitors to the event.

It costs about 3,500 yuan (US$534) to rent an entire villa with five bedrooms. A single room costs 300 to 500 yuan per…

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