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Cizhong Church

Xiangzi Village, South of Yanman County, Deqin County 674500, China
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An ancient gem amidst a Chinese village

Had trouble trying to find the church. Entry into the village which was over a bridge across the... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2017
Dorothy L
,
Kunming, China
via mobile
Too many tourists

This small historic church in a once-tranquil village is a victim of its own fame. Now the place is... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2016
Michael W
,
Sydney, Australia
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Xiangzi Village, South of Yanman County, Deqin County 674500, China
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Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Had trouble trying to find the church. Entry into the village which was over a bridge across the Lancang River was really inconspicuous and nondescript. The road leading down to the bridge from the state highway is muddy and single lane. Had to wait quite...More

Thank Dorothy L
Reviewed 31 October 2016

This small historic church in a once-tranquil village is a victim of its own fame. Now the place is inundated with Chinese tourists who arrive in 4WDs and spend half an hour taking photos and sampling some of the locally made wine, before departing again....More

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 26 July 2016

We were staying in the Songtsam Lodge in the village and took the opportunity to visit the church in the evening for a service. We are not Catholics but a fellow traveller told us that while the service loosely followed a mass, part of it...More

Thank Kiddell
Reviewed 31 December 2015

Unless you have your own car, you will have to hire one, then drive the hour or so from Deqin to the church. It's an interesting building, but there's not much to it. Photos are not permitted inside. If you decide to go - do...More

Thank Tommy L
Reviewed 26 December 2015

Strange to find a catholic church in the middle of rural China. Visited on Christmas day and the locals were having a 24 hour party, they were kind, generous and lots of fun.

Thank ChinaGed
Reviewed 26 May 2015

The church is simply a wonder in terms of it being there and it's history creating a very special addition to a beautiful village which probably nears the true Shangrila image.... The new road and bridge take a bit away but without them access would...More

Thank Mike N
Reviewed 10 September 2013

Cizhong village is lived by Naxi, Tibetan, Yi and Some Han people, some the believe in Tibetan Buddhism, some in local religion and others go to catholic church. The power structure of the village also interested me...

Thank Billy Z
Reviewed 27 November 2012

Cizhong village combines distinctly chinese architectural elements with christian symbols and is a such a curiosity. The bell tower, though having a chinese roof with upturned eaves resembles very much european specimens. Make sure to call ahead and check if father Yao is around to...More

Thank nothe2le
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Response from Dorothy L | Reviewed this property |
From KMG to Deqin, the drive is about 4 hours. From Deqin to Cizhong, it is another 2 hours. These roads are not expressways but Mountain roads. In winter, sections of the road might be closed if snowfall is heavy. The... More
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