Xian in Photos: Week Three


The best of our shots from the third week, in Xian. Click through to watch the slideshow.



Photo by Patrick Michels

For Xian shop owners who live in their stores, even personal grooming ends up in the public realm.


Photo by Patrick Michels

A man rests on a bench near Xian’s drum tower, one of the city’s major tourist attractions.


Photo by Patrick Michels

The park lining Xian's city walls fills with people practicing tai chi in the early morning hours.

Religion in China


Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism each find their niche within China's evolving religious landscape.


Photo by L.A. Reno

An elderly woman hand sews shoes on the street in Wei Zhuang.


Photo by Katherine Fan

Local church overseer Lei Zimei welcomes visitors into her home in Wei Zhuan, a village north of Xian.

China's Crowded Churches Stifle 'Religious Warmth'

The group of eight assembles every Sunday morning, risking arrest.

On a Sunday morning in June, they filed into a tiny, windowless underground apartment in Beijing to attend a Christian church service in the second little room to the left of the front door. Pastor He Xian spent the next two hours leading his small flock in hymns and delivering a sermon as congregants sat attentively on plastic folding chairs about four feet away.


Photo by Larissa Mueller

A weaver spins thread for a funeral feast cloth in the village of Wei Zhuang.

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