Thursday, 28, June, 2018      
Reader Dialog: One of the readers of our last newsletter wrote, in part, “I just don’t appreciate your cliche that moms would be the ones who would have time to stay during the week as of course they are not working while dads are working and can only join on the weekends. What century does this feel like?” This caused us to think carefully and anyone who is interested in the ensuing dialog is welcome to read it here
Who is this person?
We’ll offer a free bottle of our great Loire Valley rosé to the first reader who emails us the name of this word famous person who stayed with us recently.
Annual Community Service Day at the Brickyard
Once a year we say our thank you to the local villages by donating a day of labor by most of our staff. We also donate the gross proceeds of our lunch service 12:00-15:30 to the elderly of our village and township. Come out and make a difference on Saturday 7 July! Participation by companies and organizations is welcome; please contact to learn how your team can help.
Improvisational Digital Erhu & Guzheng
Ray Wiger, renowned sculptor who was a Schoolhouse Fellow some years back, stopped in this month for another quick visit en route to his home on a farm near Angkor Wat. Ray is also a lifelong improvisational pianist and now he has branched into Chinese folk instruments. He just sent us this new piece… Have a look and a listen.
Mutianyu Near Top of Global Rankings
What’s it like to live near a tourism destination that is No. 18 in the entire world (and No. 1 in China) on TripAdvisor? The answer is, any day after about 14:00 or anywhere outside of the official park, incredibly peaceful and awesomely beautiful. Come try it yourself at the Brickyard or one of our Homes. Book now.
Traditional Village Meets Modern World
Jim Spear and his colleague Wenkai Zhong hosted a group from the Royal Asiatic Society Beijing for a tour of Beigou Village on 3 June. The tour focussed on how the built environment is changing with the times. The walk through the village included an unrestored village home, a visit with a local family in their partly modernized courtyard, several houses restored and extended by Jim, and a lunch at Xiaolumian noodle shop.
China Heritage Hotel Association
The Brickyard and our partner Liang Tang hosted the preparatory meeting for establishing the China Heritage Hotel Association under the auspices of the State Cultural Heritage Protection Bureau. Industrial sites (such as the Brickyard) are “of the period” and as part of China’s legacy can be considered heritage projects.
Happy Birthday USA: The Schoolhouse is a business owned by American citizens. In honor of the Independence Day of their homeland we will offer a free beer to each adult USA citizen who eats with us on the Fourth of July from 11:30-16:00. On per adult guest with American passport, no purchase necessary.
Mystery Home
No one correctly identified Heart’s Desire shown in our last newsletter. Let’s up the ante… The first reader who correctly identifies the Brickyard Home that looked like this before it was transformed will win a credit of Rmb 1,388 toward a stay in any Brickyard Home
Cooking with Randhir
Yummy! The Brickyard gardens have several honeysuckle bowers and Executive Chef Randhir Singh has created an elegant ice cream suffused with the scent and delicate flavor of honeysuckle nectar. See the recipe here and try it at home.
Sustainability in Action
Here’s our hot and moist compost pile with many shredded grass slippers just mixed in. Returning nutrients to the soil is a critical part of our agricultural cycle. Offering foods we grow without chemical fertilizers or pesticides is an important part of our approach to good, clean, and fair food.

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