Benniu’s Christian Church

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I like to do this thing I call”working the map.”  If I am going to go out exploring, I first look at my Baidu maps app, smoke a couple cigarettes, and then figure out my destination. I do this by entering Chinese keywords. One of them is 基督教堂, which is “Christian church.” I am by no means a Christian, but I find churches culturally interesting to look at.

In Changzhou and China in general, Buddhism and Taoism are the most commonly practiced religions. The various shades of Christianity were more of a Western export just a few centuries ago. That came by way missionaries. What I have learned, though, is that Changzhou has more Christian churches than what one might expect. They usually are, however, hidden.

That could be said for the one in Benniu Township 奔牛镇. This is Wujin’s northwestern arm. Getting in there basically involved my riding through Xinbei and Zhonglou.  Benniu itself is not as developed as some of the other parts of the city. The road quality consists of dusty concrete rather than tarmac or asphalt.

As for Benniu Christian Church 奔牛基督教会, you have to drive through an alleyway and a small housing district to get there. It’s a humble chapel as opposed to a imposing cathedral. The congregation is likely tiny. The only thing to really distinguish it as “Christian” are a couple of crosses.