For those who don’t know, my partner in crime, Amy Mathieson, is an architect by trade. Since coming to China she has found herself increasingly interested in building restoration, preservation, and China’s architectural heritage. China is of course both a perfect place to pursue this type of interest due to its millennia of continuous history but also challenging as China has a complex past of preserving and tearing down cultural relics. With this in mind, Amy started one of the only English language websites on the subject called Project: China Building Restoration, where she can share her research and opinions on the topic. The Great Ride of China for Amy was thus not just the opportunity for a really really long motorcycle trip (like it was for me ) but also a chance to explore the different architectural styles and preservation techniques (or lack there of) around the country. It was tough to keep up with all the different places we saw while on the road, since her posts require a bit more research than our daily journals over here, but she took notes and photographs along the way. So if you’re interested in hearing about our trip from the perspective of an architect interested in China’s cultural building heritage, head on over to www.chinabuildingrestoration.com, and make sure to sign up for the newsletter (there’s a form in the sidebar) to get the monthly digest of new posts. Here are some of the posts that have been posted so far:
Our first stop on the road! Ancient gardens of a bygone age and former imperial classes.
Russian influence in a major Chinese city. St. Sophia church and a Jewish district.
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More narrative style about the night we got stuck in a massive rainstorm, but also very interesting information about the nomadic Mongolian habitations.
The most recent post about the ancient city of Pingyao and the surrounding areas. A lot of hidden gems here for tourists.
Two old towns in Yunnan, very close together, that have become very popular with tourists but have very unique feels about them.