The Fourth Branch was located near Wulaoshan National Forest Park, Lincang City, Yunnan Province, China. It had beautiful hills and streams, a pleasant climate, an elegant environment, and lush vegetation. It was originally a farming and breeding base with a total area of about 100 acres. Besides a chicken farm and more than a dozen houses, it was all woodland and wasteland.
After more than a year of construction beginning in August 2011, we transformed it completely into a paradise. We had built 50 standard single rooms, 3 normal rooms,2 wooden houses,a multi-purpose entertainment hall, a luxury dining hall, a chicken farm, a duck pond, a kitchen, a parking lot, a firewood shed, a viewing platform, fish ponds, a bird park, a children’s playground, shower rooms, Toilets, and so on.
We planted grass ,flowers and bamboos to beautify the environment. We also imported pure spring water from a few kilometers away and built ditches to have the water flow through every room, day and night. We had about a half acre of vegetable land growing various organic vegetables. More than 100 ducks and 200 chickens had been raised and eggs were abundant. Dozens of flying birds and hundreds of fish were also raised for scenic beauty. We had planted more than 1,000 strains of passion fruit, more than 1,000 fruit trees, and more than 4,000 strains of monk fruit. We also managed a tea garden from which we processed our own tea to drink.
In addition, we also invited two permaculture experts from Thailand to visit our community and help to teach us the knowledge of permaculture and guide our practice. We have strived to create a purely ecological community without any pollution to the environment.
The Fourth Branch was our most beautiful, with singing birds, fragrant flowers, gurgling water, and every step offered its own special beauty like a dream. This was a real paradise in which to live.
After two years and seven months, in March, 2014, The fourth Branch was disbanded for special reasons, but it had been remained in our memory forever.