The government orders to change the appearance of temples, prohibits religious words and traditional ceremonies. Some believers end up in police custody.
Both spanning a history of nearly a millennium and a half, one of the temples was demolished, the other was converted into a communist propaganda center.
Books and DVDs by Venerable Master Chin Kung, revered around the world for propagating multicultural and interfaith harmony, have been labeled as illegal in China.
Communist propaganda echoes from inside temples, as places of worship are turning into Party indoctrination centers. CCP-supported abbots lead the way.
Ancient or new, Buddhist, Taoist, and folk religion temples continue to be suppressed; even those with proper government certification and approval are demolished.
Surrounding the ancient Baoguo Temple, the statues were built with the state’s approval in 2010. They now fell victim to the purge of open-air Buddhist icons.