The sound and sights of Christmas surround us these December days and those sounds and sights are duplicated across much of the globe as the holiday approaches.
Downtown street, Taipei, Taiwan, zoom in on First Depart. Store
Holiday greeting sign
2 shots, inside shops
3 shots, Taiwan-made wood handicrafts including creche figures, angels, wise men, and Santa's reindeer team
Exterior, modern Catholic church, interiors, priests, choir boys, congregation
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Background: The sound and sights of Christmas surround us these December days and those sounds and sights are duplicated across much of the globe as the holiday approaches.
What does it look like in China? There's not evidence of it today in mainland communist China, but the holiday spirit abounds in Taiwan, the Republic of China.
Downtown Taipei...the capital...is decorated pretty much as any main street in America. The First Department store is crowded with shoppers. There's tinsel, jingle bells, bright red poinsettias, and a last-minute crunch of Christmas shopping.
The Republic of China's constitution -- written in 1912 -- guarantees freedom of religion. There are 6000,000 Christians among Taiwan's 16-million population. Sun Yat-sen and Chiang Kai-shek were among the converts.
Taiwan handicrafts reflect the Christmas theme with creche scenes the wise men and Santa's reindeer.
And in the Churches 17 hundred of them the carols are sung in Chinese, but the melody remains the same
The first Christian missionary -- a Franciscan -- arrived in China in the a year 1294 but the Catholic church didn't find many concerts until the mid 16th Century when the Jesuits won acceptance among Chinese scholars. With the founding of the Chinese Republic in 1912 Christianity enjoyed a steady growth unit the communist take-over of the mainland in 1949.