Thursday 27 October 2016      

End of Season Feast at Xiaolumian This Sunday: It’s been a great year but the leaves are falling and the nights getting cold so Xiaolumian will go into winter hibernation. We welcome you to come out to Beigou Village, enjoy the autumn scenery, experience life in the village square, and have homemade noodles and other traditional foods in our old stone farmhouse. Learn more.

Ambassadors of Friendship
We were honored to receive State Councillor Yang Jiechi and Deputy Foreign Minister Li Baodong at the Brickyard Retreat earlier this month. Liang & Jim pictured here with them and their wives on the Sky Terrace. They also toured one of the private homes designed by Jim, Ironstone, and stayed for refreshments hosted by the homeowner.

Our Favorite Holiday
We will host American Thanksgiving Dinner at the Brickyard on Thursday 24 November as well as a reprise on Saturday 26 November. Both nights there will be roast turkey and all the trimmings served family style followed by a lavish dessert buffet with pumpkin pie and lots, lots more. As always, we’ll have a kid’s corner, a live jazz trio, and over the top seasonal decorations. Learn more and book your dinner or stay package.
Brickyard’s Fengshui?
Here is Jodi Brunner and the participants in her 2016 Feng Shui Tour enjoying the Brickyard with our partner, designer Jim Spear. In a follow up email, Jodi told us, “I found that your reception desk is very well placed, and I believe this is one reason why you are doing so well in this venture. You also have very good study/marketing qi.”

Guests from Far & Near
We were delighted to have guests from the Republic of Korea, Professor Byoung Seung Ham and his wife, stay with us at our Brickyard Retreat for two nights this month. We have been honored to host guests from more than 100 different countries at the Brickyard.

Cooking with Randhir
Have you noticed all ripe red hawthorns that studded our trees around the Brickyard? These are the fruit inside the traditional folk sweet tanghulu on a stick. Chef Randhir stuffs them with chocolate and smothers them in delectable caramel and sesame seeds. Come try them here -- or make them at home with his recipe.

Wedding Bells
The Schoolhouse is happy to share the wonderful news about the recent wedding of Megan Wang & Mike Maser in Healdsburg, California. Megan is the daughter of Julie Upton-Wang & Peiming Wang, Schoolhouse Partners. In attendance were Megan's grandparents and other family members spanning the generations from age 15 months to 92 years; almost a century of life and love.

Both Megan and Mike have moved to Shanghai for the next chapter of their new journey together. Welcome back to China, Megan & Mike!


And Don’t Forget: Book now for Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year. There is always something doing around Mutianyu Great Wall! Check out this.

Try a Different Contest

The winner of the last Mystery House contest was Song Jin for identifying the Arthur Heurtley House in Oak Park, Illinois, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s classic prairie houses. Song Jin has asked us to donate her prize of a free night to charity and we have reserved Rmb 5,000 in cash that will be given in her name to our Bohai Red Cross chapter for the benefit of the elderly.

Pictured here is our recent intern Shannon Benstead. We’ve had 40 interns help us out at The Schoolhouse from 15 different countries. The first person who emails us Shannon’s nationality will win an Rmb 1,888 credit toward a stay in any Brickyard Home.

Nia Retreat

Back by Popular demand… Debbie-Lee van Ginkel and her amazing Nia program. Email or call 6162-6506 for information.

Sustainability in Action

This week Jim & Liang met this young man, Forrest Hartmann, a recent wildlife biology graduate from Texas, in the Black-Necked Crane Visitor Centre in Bhutan’s remote Probjikha Valley, where he is stationed as a volunteer with the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature. He said that during his yearlong stay he has two important responsibilities, to educate local and tourist visitors about the biology and the critical situation faced by the black-necked cranes, and to care for an injured juvenile black-necked crane named Karma, who was found with a broken wing and placed in an enclosure.

Before arriving in Bhutan he was trained at the International Crane Foundation in Wisconsin and has funded his entire volunteer effort from savings and family support. He is also seeking support through donations made to him at Volunteer Forever where you can learn more about this outstanding young man -- and help him and the cranes.
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