China On The Brink - religion en Religion in China <pre><div id="player">Please download the latest Flash player to view slideshow</div> <script type="text/javascript">var so = new SWFObject('','mpl','600','450','8');so.addParam('allowscriptaccess','always');so.addParam('allowfullscreen','true');so.addVariable('height','450');so.addVariable('width','600');so.addVariable('file','');so.addVariable('image','');so.addVariable('displayheight','450');so.addVariable('sea<p><a href="">read more</a></p> Beijing religion Shanghai The New Citizen Xian Wed, 09 Jul 2008 21:05:37 -0600 Larissa Mueller 400 at China's Crowded Churches Stifle 'Religious Warmth' <p><!--StartFragment--><br /> <p class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 13px"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The group of eight assembles every Sunday morning, risking arrest.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">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.</p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Beijing Christianity Growing Pains Hangzhou religion Shanghai The New Citizen Xian Tue, 24 Jun 2008 02:47:50 -0600 Zachary Warmbrodt 351 at A Shot of Sincerity <p>I find myself in this alley near Houhai everyday. There is a coffee shop where I drink milky tea and a small dive where I drink cheap shots at night. Further along, past the tea and pipe shops, the path curves to the left, over a small bridge that leads you into the bar district lining the shores of the lake.</p> <p>But if you go straight into a crumbly alleyway instead of following the path over the bridge, you might come across Mrs. Xing, 51, selling incense outside the gate of Guanghua Temple. </p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Travel Diary Beijing culture religion Wed, 18 Jun 2008 06:11:24 -0600 Christopher Sanchez 177 at One Big Christian Family <p>Late one afternoon, our giant charter bus rolled into a quiet town two hours northeast of Xian to explore life outside the urban centers in China. What we found was, in my opinion, a level of hospitality unmatched thus far in our travels. After finishing a delicious dinner prepared by a group of local women, we took a slow stroll to the town’s only Christian church, escorted by the <i>cunzhang, </i>&quot;village head.&quot; <br /><p><a href="">read more</a></p> Travel Diary countryside On The World Stage religion Xian Sun, 15 Jun 2008 22:03:26 -0600 Suzanne Edwards 272 at A Tale of Two Muslims <p>Walking down a major Beijing thoroughfare in search of a subway station, I passed a mustached man of olive-colored skin on a flatbed tricycle loaded with <i>che</i>, a sweet snack made of peanuts and fruit. He asked if I wanted to buy some, and offered a free sample. The man spoke Chinese with a heavy accent, and I realized he was not an ethnic Chinese, but a Uighur, one of China’s ethnic and religious minorities. </p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Travel Diary Beijing religion Wed, 11 Jun 2008 22:47:48 -0600 Michael R. Jeffers 261 at Ebb and Flow - What is Old Becomes New Again <p><i>&quot;What is well-planted cannot be uprooted. What is well embraced cannot slip away. It will be honored from generation to generation.&quot;</i></p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Buddhism Confucianism culture religion Taoism temples The New Citizen Sat, 07 Jun 2008 05:48:50 -0600 Christopher Sanchez 187 at Yong He Gong Temple Slideshow <pre><div id="player">Please download the latest Flash player to view slideshow</div> <script type="text/javascript"> var so = new SWFObject('','mpl','600','400','8'); so.addParam('allowscriptaccess','always'); so.addParam('allowfullscreen','true'); so.addVariable('height','400'); so.addVariable('width','600'); so.addVariable('file',''); so.addVariable('image',''); <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Travel Diary Beijing religion Wed, 04 Jun 2008 20:24:06 -0600 Rebecca Davis 180 at The Sounds of Heaven <p>In a small corner of one of China's most famous Taoist temples, Meng Zhi Lin tunes up his <em>gu qin</em>, a seven-stringed Chinese instrument. <p>“The tone is very low, so I’ll close the window,” Meng says through our interpreter. </p> <p>The <em>gu qin</em> is not so much a musical instrument but a tool through which you practice and know the knowledge of heaven, he explains. </p> <p>Ten years ago Meng Zhi Lin turned his back on modern life and sought isolation in the mountains, abandoning everything except his <em>gu qin</em>. </p> <p><a href="">read more</a></p> Travel Diary Beijing culture music religion Tue, 03 Jun 2008 00:45:31 -0600 Christopher Sanchez 158 at