Six unregistered Protestant churches have been shut down in Guiyang, a city in south west China this week. All churches are from the same district but it is believed similar closures are occurring in other districts in the city, which is in Guizhou Province. The churches were accused of being 'illegal religious venues'. China has a two-church system; ones associated with the state-sanctioned body and ones that are not. Sometimes a church doesn't register with the state to maintain independence and teach what they want. However, these unregistered churches are then more vulnerable to potential closure or fines.