1 February 2018

Happy Birthday Brickyard:Next Saturday night 3 March we will mark the eighth anniversary of our opening with the once a year special rate of Rmb 988 for a superior queen room for two people with our generous country breakfastin the Lodge. Book now!

Magnolia Buds in February!
It’s an early Spring this year. This image of the Great Wall at Mutianyu was shot through magnolia buds a few days ago. Our gardens full of forsythia, lilacs, flowering plums, apricots, and wild peach will soon burst into Spring color. With this weather we’ve decided to hold this season’s first Live Jazz Grill on Saturday 24 March.
Try a Painting Retreat
Are you an aspiring artist? When Spring is bursting is a wonderful time of color and light here at the Great Wall. Gregory Burns, well-known painter and inspirational speaker, will reprise his residency with us at the Brickyard from mid-March. We’re offering special packages that include private tuition with Gregory. Learn more.
Easter Sunday Brunch
Heads Up -- Easter Sunday is 1 April this year. Our live jazz brunch in the Brickyard garden is a spectacular way to enjoy a day in the fresh air and sun with the Great Wall as a backdrop. This is our most popular event every year so we recommend you book your table early. Get full details on sleepover package and brunch.
Go Fly a Kite!
The Chinese Qingming holiday comes every year at the beginning of April and, as usual, we will celebrate. We’ll have a festival feast at our old stone noodle shop, Xiaolumian, on Thursday 5 April and kid’s kite-making at the Brickyard on Saturday 7 April. See the details and make your holiday plan.
Enjoy the Luxury of Simplicity
One of our recent guests shared a gallery of Apricot Lane images. Here’s the great room that looks toward the original cottage with bedrooms with the dramatic backdrop of the Great Wall. See more of Jim Spear’s residential designs.

Did You Miss the Fireworks?
Fior Chinese New Year’s Eve we had hot pot, made dumplings together, and set off 200,000 firecrackers. Watch this video shared by one of our guests to see and hear the fireworks.


Sunday Morning Yoga:Our Spring series of yoga classes taught by an experienced instructor starts Sunday 25 March. This is complimentary for lodging guests. Day guests are also welcome; get the details and reserve.

Mystery Home
Claudia Hertrich was the only reader who correctly identified Big Rock House and she won a free lunch at the Brickyard. Can anyone identify the Brickyard Home pictured this time? If you’re the first to send us an email with the correct name you will win an Rmb 688 credit toward a stay in your choice if any home. so think of Fido when you plan your village stay with us.
Cooking with Randhir
Roasted pumpkin soup with chestnuts, a soup for winter and early spring before new crops come in, is Executive Chef Randhir Singh’s offering this month. He used pumpkins from our area and our own chestnuts from last fall. But you can make it from good quality store-bought ingredients and make it at home. Get the recipe
Sustainability in Action
Kids young and old love straws and we are happy to offer in our restaurants. How else would you enjoy one of our milkshakes made with homemade ice cream? But plastic straws end up in the oceans and kill sea life. So we use paper straws packaged in paper wrappers. Our takeaway containers are also paper. Learn about plastic pollution.
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