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Finding spirituality—and kindness—on a mountaintop in Beijing

The Chinese are too materialistic—but one spiritual festival offers a welcome change

By Yuan Ren  


Read more by Yuan Ren: A new age of Chinese travel

Few think of Beijing as where folk religion thrives today. Sure, religions like Christianity are booming in the Chinese capital, and in the Niu Jie quarter of the old city Islam remains alive: Muslims serve halal snacks and call for prayers in the quarter’s centuries-old mosque.

But in Beijing’s countryside, some two hours out of the city centre in the Western Hills, on…

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