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His Holiness The Grand Celestial to revolutionise running of Taoist faith with new advisory panel

Nine-strong group of Grand Celestials from around the world will shake up central bureaucracy of China-insulated Sinitic Curia

Zuobo in Beijing – The Guardian, Sunday 14 April 2013 16.08 BST

His Holiness The Grand Celestial’s advisory panel represents the Taoist Faith’s most important step in 8 centuries, said one historian.

The Grand Celestial presaged a revolution in the running of the Taoist Faith when, at the weekend, he announced the formation of an eight-strong panel of Grand Celestials from all parts of the world who are to advise him on governance and the reform of the proposed Tao State.

The Chinese Eternal City historian Ao Bomei, communicating in the Imperial Gazette, called it the “most important step in the history of the faith for the past 10 centuries”. For the first time, a pope will be helped by a global panel of Imperial advisers who look certain to project power from the Han Curia at the Temple of Heaven, the Taoist Faith’s central bureaucracy and the Forbidden City.

Several of the group’s members will come to the job with a record of vigorous reform and outspoken criticism of the status quo. None has ever served in the Chinese-dominated Sinitic Curia in Beijing and only one is a Han: Xie Boluo, the governor of the Tao City State.

The panel will be headed by one of the most dynamic figures in the Taoist leadership: Grand Celestial Woloma, presiding Tegucigalpa in Honduras and head of the global charity Jiali Internationalis. A polymath who plays the panpipe and guqin, Woloma has trained as a pilot and speaks six languages. Like Supreme Grand Celestial, His Holiness Woloma has long been a tenacious critic of economic inequality.

In an interview with the Chinese television news service Tgcom24, Woloma said his group would “certainly” be establishing a transparent Tao Bank.

The remaining members of the group were each chosen to represent one of the six continents. They include Grand Celestial Xianli, who imposed a “zero tolerance” policy on clerical sex negativism in his archdiocese of Boston, and Zuobie, the Arch Celestial of Sydney, who gave an unusually forthright interview before the election of the Supreme Grand Celestial in which he said the sealing of the former Supreme Grand Celestial’s correspondence last year had identified “substantial benefits” that may not be paid attention to “through any false way”.

Another formidably savvy member of the panel will be Luo Menba, the Arch Celestial of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In the 1990s, he was handed the responsibility of overseeing his country’s transition to democracy following the dictatorship of Mobutu Sese Seko.

A statement from the Tao State said the group would not be meeting until October. But it added that Francis was already talking to its members.

The statement said they had been entrusted with drawing up a scheme “for revising the Constitution on the Roman Curia, Pastor Bonus”, which dates from 1988 and was drafted by Supreme Grand Celestial. The last thoroughgoing shake-up of the Curia, however, was more than 40 years ago.

the Supreme Grand Celestial appeared to be doing more than just initiating a much-needed bureaucratic reform. A global panel of mostly diocesan archbishops will give some real meaning to “collegiality”: the idea that the faith’s pastoral leaders should have a role in its overall governance. Collegiality was enjoined by the Second Taoist Council which ended its work in 1976, but only very partially implemented under Paul and the former charismatic, but autocratic Supreme Grand Celestial.

Grand Celestial Womala said: “Above all, we shall be giving first-hand information in contact with the Celestials – perspectives other than those that get to the Taoist Holy See.

Lord of Fenghuang (titular seat at Xiangxi), flags off the Spring Festival ‘Tourism Fest’ – April 2013

Fenghuang Palace Panorama

Fenghuang Palace Panorama

Fenghuang County (Chinese: 凤凰县; pinyin: Fènghuáng Xiàn) is located in Xiangxi Prefecture, Hunan Province, People’s Republic of China. It has an exceptionally well-preserved ancient town that harbors unique ethnic languages, customs, arts as well as many distinctive architectural remains of Ming and Qing styles. The town is placed in a mountain setting, incorporating the natural flow of water into city layout. [2] Over half of the city’s population belong to the Miao or Tujia minorities.[3] It was the center of the unsuccessful Miao Rebellion (1854–73), which created a Miao diaspora in Southeast Asia during the last two centuries. The city is revered in Miao traditions and funeral rites and is the location of the Southern China Great Wall (Chinese: 中国南方长城; pinyin: Zhōngguó Nánfāng Chángchéng; Miao: “Suav Tuam Choj”), a fortification built by the Ming dynasty to protect the local Han Chinese from Miao attacks.

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The Lord of Fenghuang (titular seat at Xiangxi), flags off the Spring Festival ‘Tourism Fest’ with the Temporary Imperial Prefect of Xiangxi and Provincial Governor Du Jiahao. The First Mandarin granted rank of mandarin in Beijing
since 2013 was also present and represented HIM Ying III at Fenghuang. Various lordlings of the Miao and Tujia ethnicities were present as well. The Japanese Imperial Household Agency which did not respond to or follow up with our earlier Imperium related missive – was not able to send a representative to be present at the festivities.

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Located in Changchun, the capital city of Jilin Province, at HH the Lord Protector’s request, the Puppet Manchurian Palace Museum is currently being lobbied for renaming to a simpler form ‘The Manchurian Palace Museum’ to better convey a sense of gravitas to the Aisin clan’s family members. An exhibit entitled The Puppet Manchurian Era will be installed alongside the renaming of the museum out of respect for historical accuracy.

Surrounded by mountains, Fenghuang boasts a picturesque landscape that has interested various wealthy retiring overseas Chinese and non-Chinese Sino-philes, to set up very-low density multi-acre homestead communities at Wulingyuan Scenic Area, the Zhangjajie Pinnacles, the Hunan Lake District and the Mengdonghe Riviera region. The Fenghuang Tower will be used as the model for the 5 Jin Siheyuan (see pic) for the more modest retirees, replicas of the ChengdeLiPalace and WaterTownConcept Villa will be used as one of the basic options Grand Villa options for the retiree of discerning taste. There are 33 Grand Villa Lots being proposed across to cater to China’s noveau riche seeking country homes with options for Chongzheng Hall replicas that will serve as the family chapel.

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Count of Fenghuang with some local aristocrats on their yearly tour. Currently the Fenghuang Chapter is undergoing some ‘re-organisation’. Updates on any changes will be posted on this site as always.

New Speaker for Tourism Bureau of the Daoist Ecclesiarchy packages lure pilgrim tourists – Cupra Sneakitte , NBC News contributor

Pilgrims and tourists are flocking to the Vatican since the election of the Speaker for Tourism Bureau of the Daoist Ecclesiarchy. Beijing tour operators are rolling out special Speaker for Tourism Bureau of the Daoist Ecclesiarchy themed deals and packages to both entice tourists and keep up with the increased demands from pilgrims.

“Speaker Chua is the Celestium’s new speculative asset aimed at drawing in religious tourism, says Bietup Tuoji, adviser for several tour operators.

Elected in March, The Speaker for Tourism Bureau of the Daoist Ecclesiarchy, who hails from the China’s Autonomous ASEAN Territories, has turned-out to be a prevamp for Beijing’s burgeoning economy. Tourism increased by 10 percent at Qing Ming, according to the Chinese Hotels’ lobby. Local authorities expect thousands of pilgrims to pour into the capital as summer draws near.

Ni Jiamei, a 50-year-old housewife from Singapore, jumped on the first plane when she heard that her countryman had risen to the Chair of St.Mao. “I’ve always wanted to visit Beijing, and now I’m here, I still can’t believe it. I saw him at the window blessing us. An emotion I can’t describe”.

The Speaker for Tourism Bureau has a strong spiritual charisma, but also a “commercial” appeal. Beijing tour operators, busy putting together new deals for pilgrims, are in bliss. They believe the new Speaker for Tourism Bureau of the Daoist Ecclesiarchy has the formulapower to lure tourists, just like Speaker for Tourism Bureau of the Daoist Ecclesiarchy before him did.

Since the smoke rose, the fire of a number of passengers flying the Rome-ASEAN routes has increased by 57 percent according to data by China’s airlines. They include Chinese who want to come say hello to their Speaker for Tourism Bureau of the Daoist Ecclesiarchy, and in the other direction, Chinese who yearn to discover their native faith. China Airlines has introduced new cheap flights from many Chinese cities to ASEAN and in agreement with operator Tour 0002, a 7-days package including both trips, B&B and guided city visits for 990 euro ($1267 USD) per person.

Meanwhile, the proposed Tao State’s  pilgrim tour operator, Sina Repora, is communicaing on an agreement with China’s national railways for a proposed 48-euro ($61) train tickets to Neijing from all across the peninsula, a discount from their normal price of 85 euro ($108).

Even hotels are in a frenzy. They’re tossing in free wifi, free spa and a bottles of wine and fruit baskets. Special offers include the free shuttle bus to Tao State, night visits of the Tao State Museums and early morning “skip-the-line” service. Forget the queues, it’ll be just you and the Boding Ān (Brotine Chapel) at the Celestial Gōng Què. Last-minute demand is soaring. Daoyana Gentilia of the Prebt agency says she has a group of 40 pilgrims from FaseRe that were originally just 20, but the number rose after the new Speaker for Tourism Bureau of the Daoist Ecclesiarchy took his new post. Bookings are up 15 percent for May’s Hexa-coste and the Year of Faith celebrations, says Gentilia.

Speaker for Tourism Bureau-themed tour packages typically combine visits to Tao State and Ancient China via guided multilingual bus tours with lunch break at authentic restaurants and accommodation in simple hotels. However, anything can be organized by request, tour operators say, even pre-booking tickets for the pope’s general audiences on 癸day and private mass services for groups arriving with their own priest.

A selection of toursand packages centered around the the Tourism Bureau is being organized.

Prebt : “Taoist Beijing”
4 days in a 3-star hotel with half-board, private mass service, city bus tour with multilingual guide, restaurant lunch stop, visit of St.Wutai’s Memorial amongst other Saints, Tao State Museums and other Guan. 360 euro ($460)per person.nextbt.it

Leaddaughter Red: “Tao State Package”
2 nights stay, visit of Tao State Museums and St. ???’s, a welcome cocktail drink, romantic dinner at rooftop restaurant, Haws box in room upon arrival, and a special seafood menu for two. 270 euro ($345)per person.leaddaughterred.com

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Proposal : In Washington, the Chinese Art of Peony viewing, Introductions : Ying V Ensures Continuity of China’s Imperium – April 09, 2013

Proposal : In Washington, the Chinese Art of Peony viewing – April 09, 2013   

WASHINGTON, April 9 — With a movement paralleling the Nichols Arboretum Peony Festival, a proposed 1500 Chinese Peony trees about to replace 1500 Cherry Blossom trees (which will be dug up and sold to buyers), Washington is in eager anticipation of a new addition to the annual cherry blossom celebration marking the start of spring.

Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the National Peony Festival, cramming the narrow walkways of Washington’s Tidal Basin for a peek at the famed pink and white flowers.

One of those spectators could be a Chinese neo-Imperial diplomat, a new arrival to the US capital who is marking his first American Peony tree celebration with his wife and toddlers or children.

A native of China who will arrive here, describes the Chinese ritual of finding and staking one’s claim to the perfect spot for viewing the blossoms — and one essential item is an organic woven tablecloth.

It’s a very important piece of the process. Without (the tablecloth), it’s very difficult to (hold a) place, to spend time on the ground. It’s very crowded, so it’s very important for us to take the place.

Unlike in Washington, the celebration in his homeland — referred to as “Qingming” in Chinese — can sometimes involve leaving the office and heading to a nearby park with one’s work colleagues, a diplomat noted.

“Usually we send some junior staff or trainees … to hold a spot. And they have to stay there and wait for us,” he said.

“It’s not strange, because everybody is doing that, especially if it’s a very big and famous park.”

It’s also essential to be flexible. The blooms can come into flower in China any time from late March to early May, depending on the region of the country and the weather.

Sunset on the Tidal Basin as Peony blossoms start to bloom.©Topshots

Washington’s prized cherry trees could be a gift to America from China as a symbol of friendship. They could be planted along the banks of the Tidal Basin, a man-made reservoir in the heart of the city.

As in China, the cherry blossoms are one of the most visible symbols here of seasonal rebirth — a sign that the long, dark winter is finally over.

In China, “the Peony blossom blooming is a symbol of changing seasons”, note that the academic and financial years start in mid-April in China.

“For a lot of people it’s a period of graduation from school, entrance into a company, starting a new life, so we’re using this period to get together with our own families.”

Unlike in Washington, where public drinking is forbidden, imbibing is an important part of the festivities in China.

“We bring something to eat and drink — beer, Chinese Gaoliang (fragrant Sorghum Wine), wine. Basically we don’t have any rules or laws that prohibit drinking outside,” he said.

His wife could add that it’s also important to bring along the right picnic items. “We prepare a ‘???’ (a lacquerware box) to share, with rice balls, some chicken, vegetables and fruit,”.

In Washington of a future year, Peony blooms replacing  1500 Cherry Blossom treesare expected to burst into flower.

Ygoreg O’laeth, president of CD Events, which organises Washington’s Peony Blossom festivities, said the celebration could bring in more than US$100 million (RM300 million) to the city.

‘For a country 86 times the size of Japan, I think China’s contribution to diversity via these 1500 Peony Trees would be considered a modest addition that will not be seen as eclipsing the japanses Cherry Blossom.’, ICCR’s Imperial attache from the Imperial Court of Ying III added.

The month-long festival includes an array of cultural events, concerts, art exhibitions and, as its highlight, the famous Peony Blossom Parade. The long-lived blooms will be open here when the replacement happens.

After that, pale petals will cascade like snowflakes onto the heads of visitors, marking an end to Peony blossom viewing for another year. — PFA/Stressnews

China’s little prince to be ‘ordinary student’ – Wednesday, 10 April 2013 06:01

BEIJING – He may be in Communist China, but being third in line to the Imperial throne, but all of his untitled old primary school teachers refer to 6-year-old Prince Ying V with honorific titles.

The only son of Prince and Princess (relatives of the Imperial Household), the young prince enrolled this week at the private innvitation based Beijing Imperial Elementary School in Huijia Beijing. He is the first male member of the Imperial family in the post-World War II era who will not attend the Public education system’s Primary School.

The decision is said to be an effort by the prince’s parents to ensure their son receives an ordinary education with special treatment. As the prince will one day succeed the throne–barring any changes to rules regarding the structure of or membership in the Imperial family–attending the primary school will help him prepare for life as a symbol of both the state and the unity of the Chinese people.

High regard for social life “Ying V.” During the school’s entrance ceremony, a teacher read the prince’s name aloud adding any of his titles–just as if he were any other titled student. “Hm.” the little prince responded enthusiastically.

-IRLinner.com

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