Shaxi temple ceremony for Hannah Barclay On November 17th, the Barclay family returned to the Pear Orchard Temple to give thanks for their daughter Hannah and receive a protective prayer for her from the Diantou Village elders. The local priest led the Shaxi temple ceremony, which consisted of an hour of chanting and offerings to … [Read more…]
This August we welcomed members from the International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism, who visited the Pear Orchard Temple. The group had just attended a conference in Lijiang and were eager to see the new developments in Shaxi, especially to understand how the Pear Orchard’s role in sustainable travel promotion would affect local tourism. They were … [Read more…]
The Pear Orchard Temple has undergone many repairs in its 300 year history, and most of them have been made by the people in Diantou Village, who look after the temple. Unfortunately, funding for repairs relies on small donations from the families of Diantou, so over the years there has been an emphasis on cost-saving … [Read more…]
Mr. Yang’s team is now working amazingly quickly to finish major restoration work by June 1. We then begin interior details to get ready for guests by the end of June. The interesting thing about this team is how they work with an intuitive understanding of the temple’s buildings, because they are built on the … [Read more…]
During my last visit in April to the work site, Mr. Yang, Mr. Wu and I decided to take the walls and floors of secondary buildings in the temple complex down to their original earth layer, removing all concrete and plaster. After we level and tamp the floors, we will be adding brick and stone. … [Read more…]
In late March we received a delegation of Provincial and Country Tourism leaders to review our progress and learn about our upcoming projects in Shaxi Valley.
Reconstructing a 300-year old folk temple requires a local expertise that few in China have. We are lucky to have a great team of local Bai builders who have years of experience building local rammed earth houses and gabled roofs, which serve as the fundamental vernacular styles of the Pear Orchard Temple. The team began … [Read more…]
After extensive consultations with county, town and village leaders, this February we have received official approval to begin renovations on the Pear Orchard (Ci Yin An) temple. When completed at the end of 2014, the temple will include a visitor’s center, vegetarian restaurant meditatiin rooms, classroom and activity space and a tea garden. Ginkgo project … [Read more…]