Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Old Town of TangQi 塘栖

Tang Qi is an old water town along the Grand Canal which is now a UNESCO world heritage site, the longest canal in the world originally built during the Sui Dynasty (581-- 618 AD). I have been to more beautiful watertowns (Nan Xun, Xi Tang, Zhen Yuan, etc.), but Tang Qi still impresses me by a decaying church.

The church was built by the Scotland Missionary King Leonard in 1899, when China was under the rule of the Qing Dynasty. The church has witnessed the Republic of China, the Anti-Japan War, the Liberation, the Cultural Revolution, till the Reform and Opening-up. The missionary, the two generations of presbyters and the old villa have all gone to stones, affirming Jesus Christ’s prediction for the Holy Place:

Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. (这地方的每一块石头都会被拆下来,没有一块石头会留在另一块上面) --- Mark 13:2


(The Church of Tang Qi )

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