Future tours arranged by Christine-Ann Richards:
CHINA TOUR 2015
SW. CHINA & LAOS
7th - 25th January
Journey through the tribal area of Yunnan
Province & Xishuangbanna
into Laos and to the ancient capital of
Wenying has always
teased me with living in the past!
Now she understands!
In January she and Lao Mei spent a month travelling from Jingdezhen
through SW China, to places previously visited by our groups, and across
the border into Laos.
It was only as they neared the borders into Laos and Burma that
the tribal villages still retained their characteristic architecture and
way of life, but for how long?
This may possibly be the last opportunity to visit the tribal
area of SW China before it is consumed by concrete!
Many of the tribal villages previously visited with such joy, in
Guizhou and Yunnan Provinces, have lost their tribal characteristics and
been replaced by anonymous concrete buildings.
Yunnan is home to 13
ethnic minorities with their own traditions in ceramics, textiles,
jewellery, papermaking and architecture.
We will visit local artists and craftsmen as we travel overland
in a small bus which will give us the opportunity to get off the beaten
track. It is an area of stunning limestone karst scenery, primeval
forest, mountains, tea, rare plants and animals.
Crossing the border into
Laos we will spend 4 nights in Luang Prabang.
The city is encircled by peaks and camouflaged by dense tropical
foliage and features a cluster of shimmering royal temples as well as
beautiful French colonial architecture.
We will have the opportunity to visit Ban Chan Pottery village
nestling along the banks of the Mekong River.
There has been a tradition of wood fired earthenware pottery in
this small riverside village for centuries and the villagers still
continue the tradition.
£2,850 including internal flights
-- International return flights TBA
List of past tours arranged by Christine-Ann
Contemporary & Traditional Ceramics in Eastern China
10th Anniversary Tour with Li Wenying
6th 30th October 2013
Contemporary & Traditional Ceramics in South
6th 24th March 2012
CHINA: Indigo and Clay
19th March 3rd April
CHINA: Contemporary & Traditional Ceramics in North
8th 26th May 2010
CHINA: Western China & the Southern Silk Road
CHINA: The Mingei
Tradition in Central China
February 20th March 2008
UZBEKISTAN: The Silk Road
in Central Asia
Sunday 20th Tuesday 29th August 2006
CHINA: The Mingei
Tradition in South West China
Saturday 26th February Sunday 20th March 2005
CELEBRATE: 25th Anniversary of 1st Craft Potters
Association Trip to CHINA
& 1,000 years of Porcelain Production in Jingdezhen
October 2nd 21st October 2003
UZBEKISTAN: THE SILK ROAD IN CENTRAL ASIA
16th September - 3rd October 2001
CERAMIC SOCIETY TOUR TO CHINA
21st October - 11th November 2000