Sunday Worship from China
Wangfujing shopping area
After years of persecution, Christianity is now undergoing massive growth in China. To find out why, Martin Palmer travelled to Beijing and the ancient imperial capital of Xi'an in a special feature for Sunday Worship to explore the history of Chinese Christianity.
This is modern China: Wangfujing shopping area, the 'Regent Street' of Beijing. It is less than a mile from Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.
Eastern Cathedral, Beijing
Beijing's Eastern Cathedral in the heart of the busy Wangfujing shopping area. At nearly 400 years old it has been favoured by Emperors, shut by persecution, burnt down by revolutionaries and turned into a store during the Cultural Revolution, but is now active again in the changing world of China today.
Eastern Cathedral nave
Looking east down the nave of the Eastern Catholic Cathedral of Beijing.
On horseback to Da Qin
Presenter Martin Palmer and producer Mark O'Brien travelling by horseback. The best from of transport to one of the oldest Christian sites in China, the Da Qin Pagoda, 30 miles outside the ancient imperial city of Xi'an.
Da Qin Pagoda
The Da Qin Pagoda outside the ancient city of Xi'an. Dating from around 800CE from the Tang Dynasty, it is one of the oldest Christian sites in China.
Da Qin nativity scene
1200-year-old nativity scene on the first floor inside the Da Qin Pagoda. Damaged by age and persecution, it resembles the Orthodox depiction of the Nativity, but fused with classical Chinese art. It contains the five mountains of Taoism with its most sacred mountain Tai Shan.
The Southern Cathedral of Beijing. Founded by Jesuits in 1601, it is China's oldest cathedral.