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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 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.  Over half of the city’s population belong to the Miao or Tujia minorities. 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.
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.
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