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Geography, economy, and society of the Kweiteh mission

Henan is one of the Northern provinces in China. The territory given to the Recollects was 8,000km2 with a population of between 2.5 and three million inhabitants, some 600 Christians. It is a flat region with good communications by way of the rail network of Lunghai-Pienlo and Hankaw-Beijing.

Shangqiu (Henan, the People´s Republic of China) at present. Shangqiu (Henan, the People´s Republic of China) at present.

The harvest all depends on the rains. Everything was cultivated from the earth: wheat, barley, beans, millet, sesame, cotton, ground nuts, prunes, pears...From April to November the fields produced crops, but the rest of the year there could be famines. The climate is extreme. Winter is as low as -15ºC and summer as high as 40ºC.

The majority of the population are concentrated in the: Kweiteh (the Centre of the mission, at present called Shangqiu), Kaocheng, Ningling, Chechen, Yungcheng, Siayi and Yucheng, defended by a large wall. The Mandarin language was the first great difficulty for the recently arrived missionaries.


The first stage (1924-1930)
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