Thursday 23 August 2018      
This Weekend at the Brickyard: Saturday 16:00 will feature a Coco Deer chocolate class followed by alive jazz barbecue from 18:00. Sunday morning our yoga classes by the lotus pond resume after a break for the hot summer.
Cold Ice Cream, Hot Afternoon
Here’s Randhir teaching kids how to make ice cream on a recent Saturday afternoon in the comfortably cool Brickyard Lodge when the mercury was bubbling outside. We have programs for adults or kids almost every Saturday. See what’s on. Oh, and we always have homemade ice creams and sorbets by the scoop, in banana splits, and in really rich milkshakes.
Spear Designs Wins A+ Award
Bailixiangju Resort, designed by Jim Spear & Wenkai Zhong of Spacework Architects has won the prestigious Architizer 2018 A+ Popular Choice award for hotels and resorts. The A+ awards is an international competition with projects submitted from all over the world. To qualify for an award projects must first be selected as finalists by the jury. Bailixiangju will be featured in Phaidon’s book The Best Architecture in the World coming out in January 2019. Jim has a long list of people to thank on this project, starting with Liang Tang, Wenkai Zhong, and our client Jingxibei Real Estate Development Company. We hope all of our readers will head out to Yanqing and try this destination resort.
New Video with Commissioned Music
Raymond Wiger's music and video that we commissioned for our Brickyard website is now live. We hope this will help people imagine the wonder and serenity they will find in our little corner of the world. Enjoy! Watch here.
Bollywood Night 15 September
Once a year we celebrate the cuisine and the spirit of executive chef Randhir Singh’s homeland India with a special evening. There will be prizes for the best Indian costumes. We’re pretty sure it will be the best Indian food in Beijing with Randhir’s own family favorites. Have a look at the menu.
Moon Festival Coming Right Up
Moon Festival this year falls on Monday 24 September with the official holiday running 22-24 September. To help everyone who needs to get back to the city by Monday afternoon we will hold our annual Harvest Festival Feast at Xiaolumian on Sunday 23 September. Limited seating so book early. Advance payment by Wechat or bank transfer required, thanks for your understanding. Check out the menu.
United Inflight Magazine Features Brickyard
We are delighted to report that Brickyard Retreat & Spa was included in Three Perfect Days in Beijing in this month’s United Hemispheres inflight magazine. We truly appreciate being counted as part of a wonderful visit to Beijing and hope our own readers will come back soon or end their friends and relatives to us for a dose of relaxed hospitality under the Great Wall.
American Thanksgiving: We’re already getting enquiries for our annual Thanksgiving feasts with roast turkey, all the trimmings, and live jazz, this year on Thursday 22 November with the reprise on Saturday 24 November. Check out the program, menu, and special bus service. Book early!
Mystery Building
Zhang Yu won last month for identifying Farnsworth House, the modernist masterpiece by Mies van der Rohe near Chicago. This month’s mystery may be hard. The first person who identifies the building pictured here will win an Rmb 688 credit toward a stay in any Brickyard Home.
Cooking with Randhir
This is Beigou Bunny Chow: Vegetarian curry with a chickpea base served on a piping hot Chinese pancake. Would you like to try it at home? See Chef Randhir Singh’s detailed recipe that will teach you to make the curry and the pancakes from scratch.
Sustainability in Action
Jim recently taught a session in Chinese on operating countryside hotels from the perspective of sustainability and design for a graduate seminar at Beida’s Dadi Tourism Management Institute. The session was webcast live from the studio and is also available online to the students. Liang also contributed with comments and discussion. Next time, it’s her turn! to prepare the class materials.

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