Tibetan Architecture and Watchtower Conservation

Tibetan Architecture and Watchtower Conservation

Project length available:1 week – 1 month
The nuisances of Tibetan architecture have attracted scholars from around the world. As a fairly remote village in Eastern Tibet, Zhonglu has maintained a variety of distinct architectural features such as Tibetan houses, watchtowers, temples, watermills, and stupas; all tangible emulations of the villages’ past. In particular, the watch towers are a prized hallmark of the local cultural aesthetic and are listed as one of China’s National Historical Relics. In this program, you will contribute to the preservation of the Tibetan architecture and watchtowers through a combination of research and collaboration with our team.
Age Requirement: 18-60
Background Requirement: None
Project Period: All year round
Project Length: 1week – 1month
Accommodation: Dormitory
Meals: Self-prepared


Reference
1.Volunteer certificate
2.Letter of reference for participation
Knowledge Obtained:
1.Culture, nature, and history about Kham Tibetan Area, Gyalrong Tibetan Area.
2.Knowledge of Tibetan dwellings, village layout, important public spaces, etc
3.Knowledge about Tibetan Watchtowers (historical background, stone craftsmanship, functions, etc.)
4.Knowledge of nature construction in the area (local material utilization, environmental integration, minimal impact on the environment, etc.)
5.Academic materials study and collation, local villagers interview, research, mapping, GPS app utilization
6.Deep thinking about the sustainable development path of Tibetan areas
Volunteer work
1.Conduct local surveys, draw maps of the village, and mapping important public spaces, ancient roads, etc
2.Learn history, construction techniques of local Watch Towers, search for relevant materials and study
3.Collect and record the oral history and related legends of the selected Watch Towers. Note its location on GPS, and its degree of damage
4.Make a sign based on the above information for the village
5.Keep recording the project and make a final presentation
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