I love the distinctive Ming Era style:
Those thirteen English words on the bottom of the sign was the only English found:
My vantage point before the start of Mass. I took the photos shown here in a hurry. This Caucasian face was creating quite a stir just by being there and I certainly didn't want any additional attention!
The choir led by two old nuns, three postulants and an out of tune piano:
A closer look at the outside:
Of course, everything was in Chinese, but that made little difference. I do wish I could've understood the sermon though. It was wonderful to experience all the standard familiarities of the Mass again through the five senses:
- sight: statues, priest vestments, altar, etc.
- hearing: the order of the mass, hymms (the words "hallelujah" and "amen" are universal)
- touch: the hardness of the pews, softness of the kneelers, and the coolness of the holy water
- taste: Communion host
- smell: the burning of incense
We're having a busy few days. Today, we went to the Yunnan Nationalities Musem and it was a holiday - the Dragonboat Festival. Tomorrow, the Olympic torch relay comes to Kunming. Also the final week of classes start. And for the past few weeks, I've been invloved with the CCTV English speaking contest. More posts to follow.