Thursday, 24, November, 2016      

Happy American Thanksgiving: Dear Friends, for Americans, today is our Thanksgiving and we are celebrating with roast turkey and all the trimmings at the Brickyard this evening and Saturday evening with family, friends, and guests from around the world. We’re lucky to be sold out for these meals and are sorry to those we couldn’t accommodate.

On Sunday, following our practice for the last 10 years, we will have the same sit down menu with our entire staff to thank them for their help and to share the spirit of Thanksgiving.

Before we and our guests break bread this evening we will take moment to reflect together on our good fortune to be joined in fellowship and goodwill. Wherever you are today and whatever your homeland we wish you all well… Jim, Liang, and the entire Schoolhouse Team

Join Us for Jazz Piano
Next Saturday 3 December, Rick Freeman will be playing in the Lodge. Come for dinner and stay for a spell by the firesideBook a room online or call 6162-6506 for information. Maybe we’ll even have some snow!

CNN Architecture Covers Us
CNN’s One Square Meter has featured a lavishly illustrated article on Spear Designs that includes the Brickyard, our vacation homes, and the Dashiyao resort. View the CNN coverage here. And we just couldn’t resist also sharing this seasonal image of our nearby Sleeping Buddha Great Wall by Gene Parulis, a Schoolhouse Fellow.
Athletic Center at Dashiyao Inn...
The Phase 1 facilities include exercise room, outdoor fixed exercise equipment, yoga platform, basketball, ice skating, badminton, horseshoes, tug of war mud pit, and obstacle course. Image: Emily Spear.

Dashiyao Camping Ground...
Indoor kang spaces or sleep under the stars. Showers, laundry, rest rooms, internet, hot and cold drinking water, evening recreation room, hot breakfast. Next spring there will be a clean and safe place for families, youth groups, and backpackers in the mountains near Beijing. Image: Emily Spear.
Partner’s Table -- Live Jazz Trio
Couldn’t make one of our other live jazz events? Don’t worry, Chef Randhir has another Partner’s Table surprise menu up his sleeve for Saturday 17 December. Limited to one table, Rmb 368 per person with free flow of wines from our carefully chosen list. Come just for the dinner and jazz or stay the night.
Cooking with Randhir
This is broccoli casserole we are serving with our turkey today. Try it at home.


More Holidays on the Horizon: We have special meals, events, and packages lined up for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and Chinese New Year’s Eve. If you’d like to celebrate one of these holidays at the Great Wall with us, we suggest you check out our calendar and book early.

And by the way… the Brickyard makes a lovely (and affordable) venue for company and organization holiday parties for 12 to 120 guests. Please contact and our sales team will share available menus and activities that we can customize for your event.

Mystery Home -- Win a Free Stay for Christmas Eve
Russ Mark won an Rmb 1,888 voucher for identifying Shannon Benstead’s nationality as USA. He has asked us to donate his prize for a good cause and we will update readers on this later.

Now for this month’s contest: The first reader who identifies the Brickyard Home shown here will win a stay in Grandma’s Place this Christmas Eve 24 December 2016. The prize includes our Christmas Eve Live Jazz Dinner for up to four people plus our generous continental breakfast basket in the home. This is more than Rmb 4,000 in value. If you win but can’t join for Christmas we will donate in your name cash Rmb 2,000 or the FX equivalent to the charity of your choice that accepts payment via wechat or international credit card.

Conde Nast Traveler & Volkswagen
We were delighted to have the Brickyard included in Volkswagen’s special feature on Chinese countryside hotels in the November China edition. Read the section to find out about our retreat and some of the other wonderful experiences you can find across China as you explore by car.

Sharing for Sustainability
Jim was invited to share his experience with the Brickyard &Dashiyao Inn at a conference on "Beautiful Villages" held by the Yanqing Planning Bureau earlier this month. The meeting was attended by about 80 leaders and township heads from all around the District.

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