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Kaiping Diaolou Conservation and Development Project – Cang Dong Education Centre

The Cang Dong Education Centre is for people who are enthusiastic about cultural heritage conservation. We provide an opportunity to explore and appreciate heritage conservation and sustainable development.

Project Introduction
Recognising the constraints on the conservation and development of China’s architectural heritage, we hope to gather enthusiastic individuals, researchers, and interested professionals to participate and join us at Cang Dong in a worked example to set up a model for Preservation and revitalization of the culture and heritage of a Chinese rural village.
The Project aims to respect the heritage, local history, culture and way of life the villagers. This is achieved through the interpretation of heritage values​​, displays, education, advocacy, protection, understanding cultural heritage and research, and putting into practice a combination of pioneering and exemplary projects.

Project Goals
The Project aims to respect the heritage, local history, culture and way of life the villagers. This is achieved through the interpretation of heritage values​​, displays, education, advocacy, protection, understanding cultural heritage and research, and putting into practice a combination of pioneering and exemplary projects.

Why Cang Dong Village?
Cang Dong not only exhibits the major elements of a typical, traditional rural village in Southern China but it supplements this with one of the unique “ Diaolous”, and was hometown of many Overseas Chinese. With the good faith and support of the TangKou Government and the constructive cooperation of the house owners (the Xie family) and the villagers, we chose Cang Dong village as our base.
It features a 700 year old history of the Xie clan, with two Ancestral halls combined with local schools reflecting the Confucian patriarchal system that the villagers still respect. There is a Fung shui pond, a bamboo plantation leading up to a fung shui wooded hill past a village shrine/temple, an old banyan tree and an old water well. The village has a community hall and includes both new and old village houses linked by stone paths, all set in an agricultural landscape and all authentic. These considerations led us to regard Cang Dong as an ideal base and a suitable place to practice and implement heritage protection.

The Organisers
The Cangdong Education Centre is being operated by the “Kaiping Cang Dong Heritage Conservation Society” and a Hong Kong based cultural exchange organization, “INTRINSIC for students and youth” as a key part of the Kaiping Diaolou Conservation and Development Project.
The “Kaiping Cang Dong Heritage Conservation Society” was founded in 2009. It is a group, mainly of professionals, who have an interest in the conservation of the world’s cultural heritage. It is a non-profit organization, with members from Kaiping and its neighbouring counties, the United States, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and Europe.
Intrinsic was founded in 2003 and has over 10 years experience of cultural exchange programs and Volunteer programs particularly facilitating students from China and overseas to have living and working experience in different countries during and after their student years.

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