Beijing Churches

South Cathedral


Xuanwumen Cathedral

South Cathedral, Beijing
South Cathedral
It is located at Xuanwumen Avenue, and it faces the north. Because there is a huge painting of the Immaculate Conception hanging on the wall behind the pulpit, it is also called 'the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception'. It is the seat of Beijing's dioceses and Patriotic Catholic Association.
Opening Time: 06:00-09:00 (reference only)
Location: 141, Qianmen Xi Dajie, Xuanwu District
Transportation:  Take bus 83, 102, 105, 109, or 603, or subway Line 2 or 4
Mass Times: Saturday Vigil Mass, 18:30 Chinese (youth mass); Sunday Mass, 06:00 (Latin), 07:00 & 08:30 (Chinese), 10:30 (English), 12:30 (Italian, Spanish Readings), 16:00 & 18:00(Chinese); Daily Mass: 06:00 (Latin), 06:30 & 07:15 (Chinese)
Tel: 010-66037139

Zhushikou Church

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.
Mass Times: Wednesday, 07:00 – 08:00 (youth mass); Saturday, 19:00 – 20:30 (evening mass); Sunday Mass, 08:00 – 09:30, 10:00 – 11:30
Tel: 010-63016678

East Church

Wangfujing Catholic Church

East Church, Beijing
East Church
It is the most conspicuous cathedral in Beijing which located at Wangfujing Street, and it faces the west. It was originally named after Joseph, the father of Jesus Christ, as 'Saint Joseph's Church'. Many precious religious paintings drawn by Giuseppe Castiglione are preserved. After several restorations in recent years, it has become a cultural site with unique features in the Wangfujing Area.
Opening Time: every morning (times may vary)
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: Sunday Mass, 06:15, 07:00, 08:00 (Chinese), 16:00 (English); Daily Mass: 06:30 & 07:00 (Chinese)
Tel: 010-65240643

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: Sunday Mass, 07:00 & 08:00 (Chinese), Daily Mass, 07:00 & 08:00 (Chinese)
(Chinese), 10:30 (Korean)
Tel: 010-65135170

Kuanjie Church

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
Mass Times: Sunday Mass, 09:00 – 10:30, 10:30 – 12:00; Friday, 07:00 – 08:30 (youth mass); Saturday, 08:30 – 10:30
Tel: 010-84039432

North Church

Church of the Saviour, Xishiku Church

North Church – Xishiku 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 bus no. 14, 38, 55, 101, 103, 109, 124, or 685, or subway Line 4, and get off at Xi'anmen
Mass Times: Sunday Mass, 06:00, 07:00, 08:00, 10:00, 18:00 (Chinese); Daily Mass, 06:00 & 07:00 (Chinese)
Tel: 010-66175198

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
Mass Times: Sunday Mass, 08:30 (Chinese), 11:00 (French), 18:30 (Chinese); Daily Mass, 07:00 (Chinese)
Tel: 010-66156619

Gangwashi Church

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.
Mass Times: Sunday Mass, 07:30 – 08:30, 09:00 – 10:00, 10:30 – 11:30, 19:00 – 20:00; Thursday, 19:00 – 20:30 (youth mass)
Tel: 010-66176181

Chongwenmen Church

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.
Mass Times: Sunday Mass, 07:00 – 08:00, 08:30 – 10:00, 10:30 – 12:00, 19:00 – 20:30 (Chinese), 13:00 – 15:00 (Korean); Friday, 18:30 (youth mass)
Tel: 010-65133549 

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.
Mass Times: Sunday Mass, 07:00 – 08:00, 08:30 – 09:30, 10:00 – 11:00 (Chinese), 11:30 – 12:30 (English); Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 06:00 – 07:00; Saturday, 09:00 – 10:30 (Prayer Meeting)
Tel: 010-62572902, 82613772

Dongguantou Church

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.

Longzhuang Church

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

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