The village is a nationally famous pilgrimage site since the 19th century. Now, the Catholic signs and images are disappearing.
The CCP continues crackdowns on traditional Chinese places of worship and religious icons.
The CCP ramps up intimidation and persecution of Catholics who refuse to join the Patriotic Church.
As numbers of closed and destroyed Buddhist venues continue to swell, nuns and monks driven away from them find it agonizingly hard to live in the secular world.
Shanxi government desecrated the resting place of 20 missionaries, who worked and died in China nearly a century ago, and destroyed a house for visiting believers.
Implementing President Xi Jinping’s orders to advance the ‘sinicization’ of Tibetan Buddhism, local authorities eradicate traditional architecture and symbols.
Banned from displaying religious symbols at home, believers are forced to hang images of Xi Jinping instead to continue receiving state benefits.
The Tushita Palace in the ancient Lingyan Temple was destroyed in November last year, after months of rectifications ordered by the local authorities.
Because of the aid they get from the state, impoverished religious residents are told to renounce their faith, or their benefits will be withdrawn.