Shanghai Social Diary: Treasures of China’s Heritage Part 3

On a nine-day trip to China with the Global Heritage Fund, I explored some truly incredible, off-the-beaten-path historical sites, including my favorite stop, the ancient walled city of Pingyao.

Treasures of China’s Heritage: Touring with the Global Heritage Fund
(Third in a Seven-part series)

Fujian and Shanxi

By Jeanne Lawrence

I recently had the privilege of taking a nine-day trip to China in the company of board members of the Palo Alto-based Global Heritage Fund (GHF)—an organization devoted to supporting underdeveloped rural areas worldwide. Although I’d previously traveled extensively in China, this unusual excursion was uniquely enriching and memorable. It’s my pleasure to share this experience with you in a series of recollections illustrated primarily by my personal photographs. Links to the other installments in this series can be found at the end of this article.

3940_pingyao china map copyAfter exploring the port town of Zhangzhou and touring ancient earthen residences called “tulous” in southeast China, we next travelled north to the ancient walled city of Pingyao.

DAY 4: THE ANCIENT CITY OF PINGYAO IN SHANXI

It’s said that to see China 1,000 years ago, go to Beijing; to see China 3,000 years ago, go to Xian; and to see China 5,000 years ago, go to the northern province of Shanxi—our next destination.

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Shanghai Social Diary: Treasures of China’s Heritage Part 2

On a trip to China with the Global Heritage Fund, we explored some truly incredible, off-the-beaten-path historical sites, such as Tian Luo Keng, a cluster of round, earthen tulou residences.

Treasures of China’s Heritage: Touring with the Global Heritage Fund
(Second of a Seven-part Series)

Nanjing and Pinghe Counties, Fujian

By Jeanne Lawrence

I recently had the privilege of taking a nine-day trip to China in the company of board members of the Global Heritage Fund (GHF)—an organization devoted to supporting underdeveloped rural areas worldwide. Although I’d previously traveled extensively in China, this unusual excursion was uniquely enriching and memorable. It’s my pleasure to share this experience with you in a series of recollections illustrated primarily by my personal photographs. Links to the other installments in this series can be found at the end of this article.

DAY 2: ARRIVAL IN ZHANGZHOU CITY

2980_zhangzhou map copyAfter landing in Fujian’s modern city of Xiamen and exploring earthen tulou buildings in the countryside on our first day, we proceeded to the historic port town of Zhangzhou and then to Pinghe and Nanjing counties, where we visited tulous of a different style.

Only forty-three miles from the costal city of Xiamen lies Zhangzhou, a second-tier city with a population of nearly five million. Once a big port town known for trafficking in silk and sugar, today it supports agriculture, flour-milling, wine-making, tea-curing, papermaking, printing, the manufacture of jute sacking, and narcissus cultivation.

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Shanghai Social Diary: Treasures of China’s Heritage, Part 1

On a nine-day trip to China with the Global Heritage Fund, I explored some truly incredible, off-the-beaten-path historical sites, among them the Xuankongsi Hanging Temple that clings to the side of a mountain in northeast China.

Treasures of China’s Heritage: Touring with the Global Heritage Fund
(First of a Seven-part Series)

by Jeanne Lawrence

For many, a trip to China is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, usually limited to the must-see places such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, and the other major cities. But if you have the opportunity to make return visits to this vast and varied country, I highly recommend stepping off the tourist trail and venturing into the provinces.

Below are some of the highlights of the Global Heritage Fund voyage that took us from the south to the north of China, on a schedule packed with explorations of numerous historically significant sites.

I first visited China in 1987 and quickly fell in love with its intoxicating beauty, rich culture, and welcoming people. I immediately vowed to return—and not simply as a tourist. Since 2008, I’ve lived in China off and on and have seen many places that are still largely undeveloped and therefore undiscovered by outsiders.


THE GLOBAL HERITAGE FUND

Of all my travels in China, the nine-day trip with the Global Heritage Fund (GHF), led by founder Jeff Morgan, was a highlight. The California-based Global Heritage Fund’s mission is to protect, preserve and sustain the most significant and endangered cultural heritage sites in the developing world. This trip was designed to introduce donors to some of those projects in China.

It’s my pleasure to share this experience with you in a series of recollections illustrated primarily with my personal photographs. I hope these spark your desire to encounter these wonders for yourself, and to support an organization active in safeguarding them.

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San Francisco Social Diary: Second Annual FOG Design+Art Fair Another Winner

The FOG Design+Art Fair Preview Gala was one of the city’s most vibrant events and a great sendoff for the modernist Fair’s second annual showing.

By Jeanne Lawrence

SECOND ANNUAL FOG DESIGN+ART FAIR ANOTHER WINNER

Kickoff Gala One of the Year’s Best Parties

San Francisco—The Old Guard of San Francisco and the young Tech Crowd mixed it up at the preview gala for the FOG Design+Art Fair 2015. It was one of the city’s most vibrant events and a great sendoff for the second annual Fair, a four-day celebration and exploration of modern and contemporary design, architecture, and art.

Already a destination for local and international collections, the Fair showcases dozens of prominent 20th-century and contemporary art and design dealers. Its attractions include dynamic exhibits, custom installations, lectures, and discussions with art and design leaders.

Interior Designer and Steering Committee member Douglas Durkin noted that the Fair reflects the spirit of San Francisco’s progressive community. “We are building FOG Design+Art Fair to be the West Coast destination for contemporary design and art,” he said.

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San Francisco Social Diary: SF Opera Guild Presents “A Paris Holiday”

At this year’s annual San Francisco Opera Guild holiday dinner, the War Memorial Opera House stage was turned into a glamorous, intimate dinner party.

By Jeanne Lawrence

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD PRESENTS A PARIS HOLIDAY,
DINNER ON THE OPERA HOUSE STAGE
HONORING DIANE B. WILSEY

A PERFECTLY ORCHESTRATED EVENING!

Charity committees everywhere try to come up with fresh, unique event ideas. The San Francisco Opera Guild managed to score a bull’s-eye with its annual black-tie party in December, A Paris Holiday, which revived the tradition of dinner on the War Memorial Opera House stage.

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