Located in a valley of Chuxiong City, Yunnan Province, China, the Third Branch was surrounded by mountains on all sides; elegant and tranquil, with a pleasant climate. It began in June, 2011 and existed for two and a half years until November, 2013.
The total area of the Third branch was about 67 acres, including the mountain forest, vegetable fields, orchards, chicken farm, duck pond, courtyard, dining room, kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, warehouse, computer room, and so on. Within just over a year of construction, it was transformed from a remote, ordinary farmhouse to a picturesque Xanadu. We built 15 new bedrooms, dug a well, and built an elegant courtyard, in addition to showers and bathrooms. A multi-purpose activity room was built halfway up the hill. Including the original 30 houses, we had more than 40 bedrooms, enough for the permanent population of 40, plus guests.
About 3000 fruit trees grew, mainly pear trees, as well as persimmons, chestnuts, waxberries, apricots, peaches, plums, apples, and so on. We also planted watermelons, yacon, and other melons and fruits throughout the year. There were more than a half acre of vegetable field, growing various seasonal vegetables，and more than 1.7 acres of land where we planted corn, wheat, soybeans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and other crops.
Raised about 120 chickens, more than 200 ducks, and 8 geese, and we had more than enough eggs to eat and were able to send our surplus to other branches.
The Third Branch had dozens of flowers in full bloom throughout the year.
The Third Branch was way so comfortable that everyone could experience what is called, “having too much fun and forgetting to go home”.