President Trump is currently visiting China, and the following photo is taken today. It is in front of the Hall of Supreme Harmony, one of the biggest and most important piece of architecture in the Forbidden city. Forbidden City was built by the ancestors of the same crafts master (XiangShanBang) who built the Phoenix Chinese Cultural Center. It is also built with the materials made by the same Royal Kiln.
These Photos can help Phoenix people and the city government to understand the value of the Chinese Cultural Center, especially its royal roof tiles. Therefore, all effort to protect them will be for the benefit of the history, as well as for the benefit for the city of Phoenix.
This is confirmed by the center's chief Chinese architect Madame Ye Juhua: "The XiangShan ( Fragrant Hill ) of Suzhou is located by the side of Lake Taihu and is well known for producing China’s highest quality building artisans, who are steep in intricate traditional Chinese building techniques for centuries. Those Crafts masters therefore are called XiangShan Bang because of where they are located. When the third emperor of Ming Dynasty decided to move the Capital from Nanjing to Beijing in the early 15th Century, He collected these master craftsmen from XiangshanBang to Beijing to help to build his palace. One of the most brilliant representative of XiangShanBang craftsmen is called Kuai Xiang, and he later became the chief architect, designed and built TianAnMen (Gate of Heavenly Peace) and the three main Halls and many other buildings in the Ming Dynasty’s Imperial Palace in Beijing (also commonly known as the “Forbidden City”). After that ShangShan Bang became known all over China for its finest craftsmanship, and because of Kuai Xiang’s outstanding achievements, KuaiXiang is considered to have represented the best skills of Xianshan Bang’s ancestors. "
The roof of the Forbidden City has already last over 600 years, while the roof of the Phoenix Chinese Culture Center is only 20 years, and can last a long time ahead of them. So the statement on the roof replacement permit as " replacing anaging 20 year roof " is completely wrong and will be an laughing stock misstatement.
We are also of the opinion that when the President Trump returns from his trip to China, he and his reporters will help the United States understand more about the value of these classical Chinese architectural buildings, and durability of those roof tiles. Therefore, the preservation of the Chinese Cultural Center will be better understood by more citizens in U.S. and in the world.