The South Church – Xuanwumen Cathedral
Location: 141, Qianmen Xi Dajie, Xuanwu District
Transportation: Take bus 102, 105, 109, or subway Line 2
Mass Times: Monday to Friday 06:00, 06:30 & 07:15 (Chinese), Saturday 18:30 (Chinese), Sunday 06:00, 07:00 & 08:30 (Chinese), 10:30 & 15:00 (English), 12:30 (Italian)
It was a Christian one built up in 1904 and located at the busy intersection of Zhushikou Xidajie and Qianmen Dajie. It was the first of the eight churches set up by the United Methodist Church. Different from the others, this one has had Chinese priests since inception.
Opening Time: 08:30-17:00
Location: 129, Qianmen Da Jie, Xuanwu District
Transportation: Take bus 57, 5, 110, or 120 and get off at Zhushikou.
The East Church – Wangfujing Catholic Church
Location: 74, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District.
Transportation: Take bus 103, 102, 104, 803, 814, 808 and get off at Donganmen Shichang, then head north about 300 meters.
Mass Times: Weekdays 06:30 & 07:00 (Chinese), Saturday 06:30 & 07:00 (Chinese), Sunday 06:15 (Latin), 07:00 & 08:00 (Chinese)
St. Michael's Church ---Dongjiao Minxiang Church
Also named 'French Church', it is the old French embassy church and the last one built by missionaries in China. Built in 1901, its two-story Gothic architecture is well-known by the delicate statues of angels above its main gate.
Opening Time: Open all day (reference only)
Location: 13, Dongjiaominxiang, Dongcheng District
Transportation: Take Subway Line 2 or 5 and get off at Chongwenmen Station
Mass Times: Weekdays 06:30 & 07:00 (Chinese), Fridays 19:00, Saturday and Sunday 07:00 (Latin), 08:00 & 18:00 (Chinese), 10:30 (Korean)
It was a Christian one among the eight originally set up by the United Methodist Church.
Opening Time: Tuesday and Thursday: 09:00-10:30, Friday: 19:00-20:30, Saturday: 08:30-10:30, Sunday: 09:00-12:00
Location: 10, Dongjixiang Hutong, Di'anmendong Dajie, Dongcheng District
Transportation: Take electric car 118, bus 13, 42, 60, 612,701, 823 and get off at East Di'anmen
The North Church – Xishiku Church
It is a Catholic Cathedral located in Xishiku inside the west city gate, and it faces the south. Built in the 14th year of Emperor Guangxu's reign of the Qing Dynasty, it was originally called 'Savior Church'. It was erected in the 42nd year of Emperor Kangxi's reign of the Qing Dynasty, by a French missionary.
Opening Time: 05:00-18:00 all day on Christmas (reference only)
Location: 33, Xishiku Dajie Xi' anmen, Xicheng District
Transportation: Take bus 103, 109, 101, or subway Line 2, and get off at Xishikou
Mass Times: Mass times vary; 08:00 on Sunday is the safest bet.
Western Church - Xizhimen Church
Located on the southern side of Xizhimen Nei Dajie, it was a Catholic Cathedral first established in 1723 and restored in 1912. Because of a pharmacy factory beside the place of worship, it nearly cannot be seen from the street. But delicate Collins pillars and Gothic peaked arches inside make it grand, elegant and solemn.
Opening Time: 06:30-07:00
Location: 130, Xizhimenneinan Dajie, Xicheng District
Transportatio: Take bus 7, 808, 27, or 105 and get off at Xikai Hutong
It is a Protestant one built during the 1860s under the sponsorship of the London Missionary Society. In 1900, it was destroyed during the Boxer Uprising and was rebuilt in 1903. In 1922, it merged with the China Christian Church. It regularly performs Sunday services in English and Korean, as well as Chinese.
Opening Time: Open every day
Location: 57, Xisinan Dajie, Xicheng District
Transportation: Take bus 603, 604, 808 and get off at South Crossing of Xisi Lu. Or take bus 685, 814, 103 and get off at East Crossing of Xisi Lu.
Established in 1870 when it was called Asbury Church, it was the first one constructed by the American Methodist Church in Northern China. It has basically kept the original exterior decoration today, though it was smaller in scale at first.
Opening Time: Tuesday--Wednesday: 19:00, Thursday: 09:00, Friday: 09:00, 18:00-20:00
Location: 2, Hougou Hutong, Chongwenmennei
Transportation: Take bus 106, 108, 110, 111, 807 and get off at Chongwenmen.
Haidian Christian Church
Formerly called the Haidian Chinese Christian Church, it is located in Haidian District. It was a preaching place subordinate to the Beijing Methodist Church which was originally built in 1933. Two of China's top universities, Tsinghua University and Peking University, are nearby it.
Opening Time: 08:30-17:00
Location: 39, Haidianxi Dajie,Haidian District
Transportation: Take bus 302, 355, 332, 965, 715.
Tel: 010-62572902, 82613772
It is the smallest of the eight Catholic churches in the city. The location is Dongguantou Village of Fengtai District. The style reflects the architect's inspiration, the facade is proportional, and the two warped cornices resemble flying wings and show its individuation.
It is a Catholic one located in Tongzhou, suburb of Beijing. In 1998, it was rebuilt in the west of the village. It is a red brick construction and faces south. The towering spire points to the blue sky, making it spectacular.
Housangyu Village Church
It is located in Mentougou, suburb of Beijing. It was the oldest Catholic Church in this city. According to historical records, it was originally a small one built in 1334, with stone-carved poodles in front of it.
Further Reading: Christianity in China Beijing Temples