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.