@ Doug's Tree House, Burlingame, California

About

My name is Chenyu Zheng, currently in San Francisco,  a marketing creative by day , and a travel writer at night.  I've been blogging for 10+ years with 300k+ followers in China. Due to high cheek bones, my readers in China fondly call me "Ms. Apple" (苹果姐姐). 

In September 2015, I embarked on a year long journey of "traveling within the city" (first LA and then SF), and staying at different Airbnb super hosts' homes in search of:

  1. Different formats of home, from treehouse to trailer

  2. Stories of 50 Super Hosts 

  3. Hospitality school in the field

  4. Home decor inspirations

I finished  <365 Days On Airbnb> project on 9/30/2016, after having stayed in 100+ homes in LA, SF, NYC, Austin, Portland, Seattle, Lake Havasu, Lake Tahoe, Mammoth Lakes, and as far as Beijing, Shanghai, Mt. Emei, Tokyo, Yoshino, Singapore, Mexico, Cuba and Colombia. 

Besides unique home and hosts, I experienced a full spectrum of humanity: empathy, conflict, inter-dependence, culture conflicts etc. 

 The core of this humane way of travel: 

  • As hosts: to treat people how we want to be treated
  • As guests: to treat others' homes like our own 

A chronicle of the experiences, “606 Days Without A Lease《不租房的606天》,” is set to be published in September 2018 by CITIC Press, one of China’s top publishing houses.  

    家,为什么一定要是方方正正的?它也可以是城堡、树屋、房车、画廊、沙发床;可以在沙漠中、海滩边、山岩上。当我们放开想象力,我们可以看到大千世界,无奇不有。在过去的一年里,我没有一个固定的居所,但是我却有许多个家。因为,我住了365天的民宿,在20座城市,敲开了99扇门。

    佛法即心法,相同的心灵总能感召相同的灵魂。民宿的重点或许不在”宿”, 而在”民”,是人丰富了一期一会的相遇。我的房东是飞行员、好莱坞导演、音乐人、画家,我遇见了他们,更住进了他们的生活里。 

    我希望用自己的勇气与坚持,在中国年轻人中引领"旅居"的生活方式:边旅行,边生活。既可朝九晚五,又可浪迹天涯的背后,是对生活的热爱。支撑我的不仅仅是每一个有趣的房东,也是每一位受到我行动感染,开始尝试民宿的年轻人们。如今#365天住民宿#在中国引发了社会现象,每天我都会收到读者的来信,尤其是女读者留言说"谢谢你给我勇气去尝试住民宿"。

    "民宿是一种很好的方式,但开始尝试他似乎对我的挑战更大。而你的日记给了我很大的鼓励,以及很好的tips去开展这样的旅程。 在你的日记中,我看到这样一句话很感人:'Hospitality是双向的,当你在旅途中收到陌生人的照顾和关怀,也会想回馈给远道而来的客人。' 我向往这样的旅程,我希望通过旅行拼凑出来的世界是包容的、善意的。"

    《不租房的606天》将于2018年9月由中信出版社发行。有人辞职去环游世界,而她用365天住民宿来更深度地了解一座城市。这本书会通过故事讲述作者在世界各地,敲开当地人家门,住进他们的生活里,发掘与众不同的旅行方式。旅居可以改变人对一座城的情感:对一个城市从陌生到归属。此外,这本书讲述了民宿背后的人生哲学,即人与人的连接,人与人的文化差异,人与人的冲突,人与人的温暖瞬间。

    Notes from Airbnb co-founders:

     
     Airbnb's co-founder and Chief Product Officer Joe Gebbia left a note in Chenyu's Host book "Thank you for living and exceeding the original vision of Airbnb."   

    Airbnb's co-founder and Chief Product Officer Joe Gebbia left a note in Chenyu's Host book "Thank you for living and exceeding the original vision of Airbnb."

     

     
     
     Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky calls Chenyu a Super Guest and Chenyu presented her story at Airbnb Open 2016.

    Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky calls Chenyu a Super Guest and Chenyu presented her story at Airbnb Open 2016.

     

     

    Host Book:  instead of a guestbook, I have kept a host book along the journey with notes from hosts.  This is the most valuable item I own. 

     
     

    Next Step: pet painter and story teller

    While living with artists, I saw first hand what it means to be a full time artist.   They reassured me that I have a talent in art and asked me to continue painting.  One of my Airbnb rituals is to leave a note for my hosts and to make it personal, I often include a sketch of their pets.  Eventually, I started painting pets in exchange of stays.
     

     
     Co Hosts with Paws, a series of acrylic paintings of pets that co-hosted Chenyu along the journey.  On display at the Airbnb HQ.

    Co Hosts with Paws, a series of acrylic paintings of pets that co-hosted Chenyu along the journey.

    On display at the Airbnb HQ.

     

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