Pilgrimage from Hong Kong to South West China

The Cross and the Lotus: A Pilgrimage from HK to South West China from 14 – 21 October 2012

Christianity in South West China: Yunnan and Guizhou are among the poorest and most beautiful Chinese provinces. Christianity was brought to the hill tribes of these areas, the Miao people, over a century ago by Western missionaries. One of the most well-loved, Sam Pollard, a Methodist, lived and worked in Zhaotong and Shimenkan, or ‘Stone Gateway’, a remote village we will visit on this journey. Some 80% of Miao people are Christians and we will see something of the legacy of the missionaries, visiting Christian churches that are flourishing today.

Our visit will include several churches as well as a social welfare project supported by the Amity Foundation, the Christian NGO based in Nanjing. Our journey includes a trip to Huangguoshu Waterfall, the largest in China, and ends in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, called the ‘City of Eternal Spring’.  Each day there will be a short morning and evening service, some of which will be Eucharists.

This journey of spiritual discovery will give a unique perspective on Miao culture and rural Christianity in China.  Cost is approximately HK$10,000 per person.  The pilgrimage is promoted by the St John’s Cathedral Friends of the Church in China. Further details from the Revd Will Newman: newman@stjohnscathedral.org.hk