Beijing Courtyards Then and Now Under the summer shade of a century-old poplar tree, two elderly people are playing Chinese chess, each holding a traditional cattail-leaf fan in their hand, chatting and laughing over gossip and family news. In the trees, chirping crickets drown out outside noise, making the alleyways feel even more secluded. Towards the end of the narrow lane, a ponytailed… Read more →
Image by Damian Evans via Journal of Archaeological Science Last Friday the Guardian reported on a groundbreaking archaeological discovery of several vast medieval cities buried underneath Cambodia’s jungle, not far from the ancient temple city of Angkor Wat. Amongst other things the discovery revealed elaborate water management systems that were constructed hundreds of years before historians believed the technology existed…. Read more →
CBR would like to say a big THANK YOU to those who attended last week’s YISHU 8 event for an interesting conversation with Caroline Odinet on “A Second Life for the Sino-French University”. Special thanks to Christine Cayol and Xue Yunda (founders of YISHU 8) who generously let us hold the event at their venue, and to Caroline Odinet (the lead… Read more →
At our last Speakers Event Chris Barclay talked about his experience restoring an old temple in Yunnan and shared with us his philosophy on building restoration.
Zhizhusi – Temple of Wisdom CBR would like to thank everyone who joined us last Thursday for a viewing of “The Making Of The Temple Hotel” hosted by Juan van Wassenhove and Lin Fan, two of The Temple Hotel’s founders. The event was held at The Temple Hotel – a cultural platform renovated and repurposed from an ancient temple, now… Read more →
About the Speaking Series We’re happy to announce that our new speaking series got off to a good start last Thursday with the first presentation titled “Historic Preservation in China” by Gary Feuerstein. The courtyard where we held the event was packed with visitors, mingling and enjoying the last of the evening sun on the raised platform overlooking the hutong… Read more →
The State Administration of Cultural Heritage has started restoration works on the Eastern Qing Tombs located on the north-eastern outskirts of Beijing.
Continuing our tour of China’s architectural and cultural heritage our next stop is the province of Gansu.