Religions of Beijing is a long photo essay on seventeen of Beijing’s most prominent and historically significant Buddhist, Daoist, Christian, Confucian, and folk religion places of worship. While far from encyclopedic in its coverage of these select sites, the text provides more information and cultural context than most tourist guidebooks, and could effectively be used as one. All of the religious sites examined are approved and regulated by the government of the Peoples Republic of China, of course.

This attractively produced book is the end-product of an obviously intense, high budget faculty-student collaborative research project. The bilingual text, Chinese on the left-hand pages and English on the right, was written in short formulaic sections by Chinese students from Minzu University and then professionally translated into English. Drake University students subsequently edited the entries in collaboration with the Chinese student authors. Many of the Drake student-editors visited the sites as well....

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