Editor's Note: This is the last of a series of travelogues documenting faith experiences in China from editor Amanda Greene's recent trip there.
Returning to China for the second time, I started thinking of Beijing and many places in China as the city of building cranes because of how quickly the skyline changes there.
At the Temple of Heaven, the largest cultural site in the world dedicated to the worship of heaven, elderly men still played traditional Chinese instruments in the shade, and groups of women still gathered to knit in the shade of the walk up to the temple.
At the Lama Temple, worshipers still carried great bundles of incense and flowers inside the working lamasery to make prayers to the huge Buddhas, including the breathtaking four-story tall standing Sandlewood Buddha. The entire complex nestled in a dusty section of the city smells of incense and peace.
Thank you for journeying through our faith adventures in China!