Thursday, 26, April, 2018      
Last Minute for May Day: Too busy to make plans before now? Don’t worry, the area near Mutianyu Great Wall is wonderful for exploring in the fresh air. There are many local restaurants and homestays. We may even have some last minute availability at the Brickyard Retreat & Spa… so please call our guest relations team on 6162-6506 and we’ll try to book you a table or a room. Perhaps try a relaxing day spa session?
Live Jazz Grills
This year our tradition of love jazz grills is continuing with the next one coming up on Saturday 5 May. We have an expanded selection for grilling to order and a variety of fresh and local dishes in the generous buffet. Don’t worry, though, our
over-the-top nachos and homemade ice creams are still there!
Happy Mother’s Day!
Another tradition is our champagne, roses, and live jazz brunch for Mother’s Day. The setting, weather permitting, will be the Brickyard Spa Garden next to the lotus pond with a view of the Great Wall. Sit back and relax with the mom in your family while the kids scamper around the playground. Adults Rmb 298, Kids 4-12 Rmb 148, Under 4 Free. We request reservations and pre-payment for this event.
Fresh Salads
The all-day menu at the Brickyard Lodge includes many vegetarian and vegan options, including salads from the bounty of our garden and surrounding orchards. The first plantings in our kitchen garden are just coming in so we hope you’ll come try our just-picked mixed greens.
Throwback Thursday?
A friend based in Vancouver came across this youtube posting of a half hour documentary about Jim & Liang that first aired nationally in China five years ago. The images are still fresh and if you’re a Chinese speaker you might enjoy the interviews.

Tang Liang Makes Noodles
Big Rock House was the setting for Liang teaching celebrity chef John Torode how to make her grandmother’s noodles. This clip somehow made it to BTV and was captured on a friend’s phone...
Speaking of China’s Hotels
Liang spoke last month at the nationwide hotel chatroom sponsored by the industry’s leading consultancy, Horwath International. Boutique heritage hotels are HOT! and if you come visit us at the brickyard we think you’ll understand why.
New Look at the Brickyard: Spring building season is here and our new improvements to the Brickyard will be finished soon. These include an expanded indoor lobby and public area with connection to our Great Wall Room and Sky Terrace facilities on the upper floor. Also, you night not notice but we’ve upgraded our roofs on most of the buildings to standing seam aluminum engineered materials for better insulation, durability, and appearance.
Mystery House
Russ Mark won Rmb 588 credit for identifying La Petite Muraille in last newsletter. We have 10 other Brickyard Homes for the enjoyment of our guests, each with unique charms and features. The first reader who identifies this month’s Brickyard Home will win an Rmb 688 credit toward a stay in a home.
Cooking with Randhir
Caramelized carrots and turnips are simple but incredibly sweet-savory when made with executive chef Randhir Singh’s honey marinade and sprinkled with lemon zest and sea salt. This side dish, served right in its cast iron roasting pan, is a new addition to the all day menu at our Brickyard Lodge. We use honey from our neighbor but you can make it at home, too. See the recipe.
Sustainability in Action
Here’s a view of the confluence of the Yangtze and Xiangxi Rivers from the cliff above Hujiaping Village where our partner Jim Spear has been commissioned to create a master plan as well as architectural design for the village core. This village is set among orange groves and has just over 250 homes, mainly rammed earth, mud brick, and native stone, all of which will be preserved. Hujiaping will remain a working village and as a tourism destination will recapitulate rural China’s history in an amazing setting. Image by Zhong Wenkai

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The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu Great Wall · 12 Mutianyu Village, · Huairou District · Beijing, NY 101405 · China