Christmas Eve in Bingzhongluo

Category: Travel Portraits


Photo and caption by Michael Pao

The picture was taken on the 24th of Dec after the midnight mass. One would wonder why Christianity is so deeply rooted in a Chinese village segregated by mountains and dramatic gorges. Located south of Tibet, Bingzhongluo is the start of the route for the “tea and horse” trade with Tibetans. The trading route attracted a French Missionary who eventually founded Zhongding Church 100 years ago. Ever since, Christianity and Tibetan Buddhism remain the two most dominating religions. During the mass, gospels were mainly sung in Tibetan, with reminiscence to the Lama Buddhist chants.

Location: Zhongding Church, Bingzhongluo, Yunnan China.


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