Huairou District was a center for producing the glazed tiles used in palaces and temples in Imperial Times. This kiln was established in the 1960's during the Cultural Revolution as a village industry. By the 1990's the operation had been privatized.
When we first discovered the site in 2006 it had been virtually run into the ground by a villager employing a crew of migrants from Sichuan. Thick black coal smoke poured from the nine chimneys whenever there was a firing and rubble and trash were everywhere, yet the tiles were magnificent.
Today The Brickyard is no longer a smoke belching tile factory but a sustainable eco-friendly resort. See our green page to find out more about the actions we are taking to protect our environment.