China Projects

  • The Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu

    Description: Originally a tile manufacturing and glazing factory from the 1960s, Jim Spear repurposed these existing structures as the basis of the Brickyard Retreat. Included within this eco-toursim hotel are 9 private homes, all of which retain original architectural features from their former lives as farmers' homes.

    Location: Bohai Township, near the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall

    Type of Architecture: 1960's factory and farmers' homes

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  • Shambhala at the Great Wall (formerly Red Capital Ranch)

    Description: The first eco-tourism hotel in Beijing, this recreated hunting estate features original, reclaimed Manchurian architecture as well as Manchurian and Tibetan decor. Located in a private valley the estate has part of the Great Wall running through it, creating a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors.

    Location: Yanxi Township, Huairou District, Beijing

    Type of Architecture: Manchurian hunting lodge with Tibetan influences

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  • Red Capital Club and Residence

    Description: Restored Beijing courtyards (Siheyuan) featuring typical layouts and original fixtures and decorations. Overhanging walkways surround small open-air stone courtyards with interiors decorated in a Chinese 1920s - 50s style.

    Location: Dong Si area in Dong Cheng, Beijing

    Type of Architecture: Traditional Beijing courtyards

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  • Shambhala Serai Himalayan Heritage Hotels

    Description: The first geo-tourism hotels in China, these Heritage Hotels feature restored Tibetan architecture with a sincere ethos on sustainable tourism and supporting ethnic minorities and their skills.

    Location: Lhasa, Terdrom and Gyantse, Tibet Autonomous Region

    Type of Architecture: Traditional Tibetan architecture

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  • Naked Retreats

    Description: The Naked Reserves creates eco-tourism holiday retreats through the restoration of existing local buildings on site and sustainable new-builds. The two projects - 'naked Home Village' and 'naked Stables Private Reserve' - are some of the leading examples in sustainable tourism in China.

    Location: Moganshan 395 Village and Paitou Town, both in Deqing County, Zhejiang Province

    Type of Architecture: Zhejiang village houses and new-build

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  • The Linden Centre

    Description: Sensitively restored home of a former Bai merchant. Traditional architecture features adorn the property, including sky wells, decorative carved eaves and original wood-carved screens. The Linden Centre is known to be a leading example of architectural restoration and cultural conservation.

    Location: Xizhou Town, Dali, Yunnan Province

    Type of Architecture: Traditional Bai architecture

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