Beijing, as one of the ancient captial, has witnessed the presence of a great diversity of religions in China over the centuries, with over 100 million followers of the various faiths. The main religions are Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, China's indigenous Taoism. The old presence of Christianity in this ancient capital showes us the existance of Christianism in the country’s history; while new churches bulit in recent years are the evidence of the increasing christian number. For many foreigners a visit to one of Beijing's churches will be like seeing how long the west has been influencing China and its people. Beijing churches offer services for both Catholics and Christian.
Catholic Churches in Beijing
Southern Cathedral (Nantang) is the oldest Catholic Church in Beijing, founded in the middle of 16th century. With its present form comes from the rebuilding in 1904, this church forms the Catholic centre of Beijing. Latin masses are held six days a week and the 10am Sunday mass, delivered in English and French, attracts a huge diversity of Beijing Catholics from many different countries. Address: 141 Qianmenxi Dajie, Xuanwu District. Telephone: +86 10 66026538 Mass Times: Monday to Friday 6.00am(Latin), 6:30&7:15am(Chinese); Saturday 6:30pm(Chinese); Sunday 6.00am(Latin), 7.00&8:30am(Chinese), 10.00am&4.00pm(English)
Northern Church is a majestic and beautiful Catholic Church in Beijing. Built in a Neo-Gothic style in 1887 under the direction of a French priest, the church sits in well-tended gardens with fine old trees and meandering pathways leading to cool grottoes. Address: 33 Xishiku Dajie Xi' anmen, Xicheng District. Telephone: +86 10 62941537 Mass Times: Mass times vary, 8.00am on a Sunday is the safest bet.
Eastern Church, located at famous Wangfujing Avenue, was erected by the French in 1905 after a previous structure was destroyed during the Boxer Rebellion. The original church built in 1655, was the apartment Emperor Shunzhi of the Qing Dynasty granted to two foreign priests. The Eastern Church follows Romanesque style in front of is a square popular with locals as a place to come and rest. Address: 74 Wangfujing Dajie, Dongcheng District. Telephone: +86 10 65212161 Mass Times: Mon.-Sat. 6:30&7:00am (Chinese); Sunday 6:15am (Latin), 7:00&8:00am(Chinese)
The St. Michael's Church in Dongjiaomin Alley - the old legation quarter, was first built in 1901. It was specially built for foreigners living here, and belongs to Beijing parish now. Its entrance is in the south, and the whole building follows typical Gothic style. St. Michael's Church is notable for its very fine and original stained glass windows which survive intact. Mass Times: Weekdays 6:30&7:00am (Chinese), Fridays 7:00pm; Saturday and Sunday 7:00am(Latin), 8:00am&6:00pm(Chinese), 10:30am(Korean)
The Western Church, located on the southern side of Xizhimen Nei Street, is the youngest church among these Catholic churches. It was first established in 1723 and restored in 1912.
Christian Churches in Beijing
Beijing Chongwenmen Christian Church, built in 1870, was the first American Methodist Church in Beijing. Services are held throughout the day on Sundays. Address: #2 Hougou Alley, not too far from the Chongwenmen subway stop. Telephone: +86 10 65242193.
The Beijing Haidian Christian Church was originally built in 1933 and a new, larger church was erected in its place for the number of attendees has increased so dramatically. It opened its doors on May 31, 2007 in Zhongguancun with two of China's top universities, Tsinghua University and Peking University nearby. Address: 39 West Street in Haidian District. Telephone: +86 10 62572902
Beijing Baptist Church is located at 3/F in the CTS Hotel at #2 Beisanhuan Donglu (northeast Third Ring Road), a short walk southwest of the subway Line 10 stop at Sanyuanqiao. It holds Bible study at 9:30am on Sundays, followed by a 10:30am worship service.
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