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A Heavenly Place and a Spiritual Paradise by Dushu Lake

With an official inauguration ceremony on May 28, Dushu Lake Christian Church in Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) opened to local and expatriate believers.

According to incomplete statistics, there are nearly 10,000 Christians in SIP, including 5,000 foreigners. As a result, SIP authorities decided in 2008 to build a Christian church at the Egret Garden (bai-lu-yuan) to the east of Dushu Lake.

 

The church complex is of typical Gothic architectural design featuring pointed arch, ribbed vault, and flying buttress while the interior is characterized by verticality and light. Apart from traditional elements of sculptural decorations, columns, stained glass, and murals, the church is also equipped with modern facilities of convenience and people of different skin colors make it an international community under the same roof in a real sense. Looking at the complex across the lake, its reflection in the crystal clear water, especially the white cross on top of the building, one will find peace of mind in the bustle and hustle of the modern metropolis.

At the main chapel, all the believers, old and young, Chinese and foreign, listened attentively to the sermon and followed the instructions of the parson in praying and singing. While this is the place for the followers to get close to God, it affords the visitors a serene scene of pure devotion and helps them forget all the worldly troubles. In this sense, this is a place for people to share belief and trust and to experience the traditional Christian virtues of faith, hope, and love.


May 28, 2010