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An Insider's Journey through China

  • St. Paul's United Methodist Church 5501 Main St Houston, TX, 77004 United States (map)

Journey through China with the eyes of St. Paul’s members Joan and Richard Spaw at the June 11 meeting of St. Paul’s Primetimers.

The Spaws traveled with the Rice Alumnae organization led by the university’s president David Leebron and his wife, Y. Ping Sun, experiencing more than the typical tourist sites of the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Facility.

Vicariously visit China with them as they explore a variety of Chinese sites and scenery, among them being:

• Religion: The 1605 Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception; The Great Mosque and Muslim Street in Xi’an; Shanghai’s Hongkou Ghetto, where Jewish refugees lived and prayed during WWII; and Mogao Grottoes, considered the great treasure house of Buddhist arts.

• Finance and Industry: The World Financial Center, Bund, Urban Planning Exhibition Center, and a silk factory in Shanghai plus shopping markets throughout the country.

Nature: Singing Sand Dune and Crescent Spring, Garden of Joys, Reed Flute Cave, and Victoria Peak.

Arts: Beijing’s “798” Art District; Peking Opera; Tang Dynasty Show; Terra-Cotta Archeological Museum (picture below); and the Shanghai Museum featuring Chinese bronzes, ceramics, painting, and calligraphy.

Education: Tianjin Nankai School that educated national political and academic leaders and the Qinghua University, a comprehensive institute of science and engineering founded in 1900 with reparation money from the U.S. 

Transportation: Bullet Train, Maglev Train, and river cruises.

The St. Paul’s Primetimers meetings are open and free of charge to anyone. Gather in Fondren Hall at 10 a.m., the program begins at 10:30, and an $8 lunch will be served at the June 11 meeting to those who RSVP by June 9 to or 713-528-0527.