In 2009, Tang Guanhua began to conceive a sustainable lifestyle of self-sufficiency, and with the hope of this kind of life, he wrote an article called “Homeland” and assumed how to build a self-sufficient living community with education, medical care, pension benefits, and many more.
Tang Guanhua left the city in 2011 and closed the design company. In a granite building in Qingdao Laoshan and a friend in the forest, he and his wife used themselves as experimental materials to build China’s own “sufficient laboratory” to gradually discover and solve construction, energy, food, and daily necessities problems, and to record and share them.
During this time, the work and lifestyle have attracted the attention of many media: CCTV, BBC, “The New York Times”, “Der Spiegel”, “City Magazine”, Xinhua News Agency, Hunan Satellite TV, NHK Japan, Hong Kong TV and so on.
Since 2009, it has operated the Chinese Ecological Village (Consensus Community) Information Center. http://center.anotherland.org
In 2015, he launched the “Southern Life” consensus community experiment. As a consensus community experiment, Southern Life consists of social possibility explorers from all over the world. Aiming to explore a paradigm in mainland China that forms a community based on a common social mission or lifestyle without geographic, privilege, policy, landscape, economic, educational background, and other backgrounds. This experiment plans to use at least 20 years to form a consensus and make the community sustainable. Practitioners of various life concepts are welcome to carry out life experiments here. All collective relations and public affairs are formed by permanent residents. We also hope to have the ability to live independently, have a certain sense of social responsibility, and plan long-term partners to be neighbors.
Membership & Visitors
- Current members: 15
- Open to new members
- Rarely open to visitors
When a person has lived in the community for more than one year, he can vote as a full resident of the community, and then he can join the community as a full resident. A community resident can lease land, apply for public funds, and have voting rights.
8. Regarding each space use rule
8.1 Public space: The community rents No. 84 Wangkeng and uses the first half as an exhibition hall. The backyard serves as a public space for the transition of visitors and volunteers. It is forbidden to move items and place other sundries in the exhibition hall without the permission of the residents of the community. The backyard is a dining, cooking, and bathing place established and maintained by everyone. It is hoped that users will assume responsibility for sanitation and equipment maintenance, repair, and new equipment purchase.
8.2 Farmland and mountain forest
The community has rented 500 acres of mountain forests, anyone can enter and leave, but can not take away the animals and plants. After living in the community for a year, the residents of the community (Tang Guanhua, Xing Zhen, Dawang, Yu Bogong) can vote as residents and have the right to vote, use public funds and lease land. Before that, you need to use the land for a short period of time, you can submit an application in the group, non-commercial use, you need to pay a deposit, agree on the period and use, avoid garbage and pollution during use, and set off fire.
8.3 Private Space
All venues except the public space are private spaces. Use of any items must be communicated to the owner and borrowed, returned after use, borrowed again, or the corresponding use fee paid.