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Take a Piece of Beijing’s Hutongs back Home!

China Radio International, September 9, 2011

A hutong is a type of narrow alleyway, where Chinese families have been living for generations. It’s a symbol of the traditional culture of Beijing.

But China’s rapid development has meant that many of the old hutongs in Beijing have disappeared. residents have left for apartment buildings with modern amenities. Many people today know almost nothing about the history and culture of the hutongs.

He Shuzhong is the founder and chairman of the Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center, or CHP. He says that a lack of cultural awareness is one of the reasons he founded the organization.

“There’s a lack of public awareness of cultural heritage, and that has resulted in less respect and obligation to preserve culture heritage.”

But he’s still optimistic about preserving China’s traditions. He says the key isn’t KNOWLEDGE about culture…it’s an interest in protecting it. And young people have that. 
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A taste of old Beijing

Time Out Beijing, September 14, 2011

Chef Sue

Traditional Beijing food is, perhaps surprisingly, hard to find in the ancient capital. An influence of nomadic-style food followed the Mongolian rulers of the Yuan dynasty to their palaces and during the Ming dynasty it was migrants from Shandong who ruled the city’s kitchens. Today, the locals’ albeit admirably catholic taste in food from every corner of China has led to truly Beijing fare being sidelined amid a cornucopia of cuisines.

If there’s one sure fire way to truly appreciate a dish it’s to cook it yourself so I navigated a labyrinth of devious alleyways to eventually find The Hutong, a cultural exchange centre buried in a lively Dongcheng community (tip: use their map).

The ‘Taste of Beijing’ cooking class was lead by the ever-pleasant chef Sue who imparted her knowledge of Chinese food culture and cooking techniques as she guided the class through the three dishes we would be preparing. The first was pickled cabbage with a strong mustard kick that could unplug the most obstreperous of sinuses. Next up was madoufu, literally ‘numbing tofu’ but in fact a protein-rich paste that, on this occasion, was made from fermented mung beans.
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Orientations news

From Orientations, September issue

On 11 July, the Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Centre (CHP) launched its second annual series of lectures on China’s Cultural Heritage Day. The talk, ‘Capital Conversations: China’s Cultural Connections’, was held at the Capital M restaurant in Qianmen. Discussing the effects of culture on our everyday lives were architect Amy Lelyveld, Chinese linguistics expert Chen Fu and fashion designer Sun Xuefei. Larry Rinaldi, former vice chairman of Ogilvy China, focused the discussion on the daily ties between the past and the present.

Read the article here.

Fairmont offers eco-luxury in Asia

E-Turbo News, August 10, 2011

Part of Fairmont’s green philosophy is that the hotel, guests and community can all work together to promote unique and low impact options for exploring destinations around the world. Bringing this philosophy to life is Fairmont Beijing, which has partnered with the Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center on a new heritage bike tour of Beijing’s famed and endangered hutongs, which are part of historic Old Beijing.

HONG KONG – As Fairmont Hotels & Resorts continues its expansion in Asia with recent hotel openings from Shanghai to Beijing – and hotels like Fairmont Makati, Philippines, Fairmont Nanjing and Fairmont Taiyuan opening in the coming years – the brand is also busy introducing its awarding-winning Green Partnership Program to hotels and resorts in the region. An environmental leader in the hospitality industry for over 20 years, Fairmont is committed to bringing its green expertise to Asia by implementing diverse programs ranging from onsite beekeeping to back of house initiatives focused on waste management and water conservation.

In the late 19th century, the company was founded on an enduring connection to the land and communities where it operated. Remaining true to this principal, the hotel group proactively launched its industry-leading Green Partnership Program in the early 1990s as a comprehensive approach to reducing the environmental impact of its hotels and resorts. The program, recently introduced at its hotels in Asia including Fairmont Singapore, Fairmont Beijing, Fairmont Yangcheng Lake and Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, is tailored to fit the needs of each hotel, and each community. Recycling bins, optional sheet and towel replacement and energy-efficient lighting are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to shrinking a hotel’s environmental footprint.

Restaurant operations and procurement are critical components of the Green Partnership Program, and Fairmont chefs have gone above and beyond to create menus sourced with healthy, sustainable, and delicious food. Worldwide, the company’s sustainable seafood program has taken root at all the hotels and excludes dishes such as Chilean Sea Bass and Bluefin Tuna. Many Fairmont properties also have onsite or partner herb and vegetable gardens to provide fresh produce for their bars and restaurants. Fairmont Singapore’s distinctive herb garden, located five floors above the Singapore skyline, is overseen by Executive Sous Chef Nathan Brown, who tends a selection of herbs including laksa leaves, yellow chilli, curry leaves, pandan leaves, lemongrass, coriander and mint. To avoid pesticides, the hotel uses an innovative composting system that provides natural fertilization, relying on the abundant waste produced by garden worms.  Read more»

Taste of Beijing

China Radio International, August 10, 2011

The Forbidden City and Summer Palace make Beijing seem like a city of divine luxury. But in fact, Peking is not a fancy place, and Peking Duck is not a traditional dish! The food of old Beijing is affordable, simple and bursting with flavour.

The Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center and The Hutong want to set the record straight and expose foreigners to real Beijing fare. The two organizations have partnered up and are now hosting traditional Peking cooking classes. Set in an ancient courtyard home, you’ll learn how to eat like the locals.


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