Religion is a controversial topic in many societies, and Chinese society is no exception. During this walk, Historic Shanghai president Patrick Cranley will lead us to sites related to the five permitted religions in contemporary China: Buddhism, Taoism, Protestant Christianity, Catholicism, and Islam. He will describe how religion has been practiced and “managed” at different points in Chinese history. Along the way we will see how these places of worship—many “hiding in plain sight”—fit into their neighborhoods, and what their prospects are as the city continues its relentless urban transformation.
Tuesday, November 20
10:15am Registration, 10:30am to 12:30pm
Renaissance Shanghai Yu Garden
159 Henan Rd. (S)
(metro line 10 to Yuyuan Garden station, exit 1 or 3)
RMB 250 (includes all entrance fees)
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by November 16. Under Subject type “Hidden Temples” and include your membership number, mobile phone number, and WeChat ID. SEA cancellation policy applies after November 16. The event costs need to be paid in cash only. SEA coordinator is Anja Beer, mobile: 156-1878-9102.