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China is a country with religious freedom and respects every religion. Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism and Christianity are religions found in Beijing. Religious activities are carried out in Buddhist temples, Taoist temples, mosques and churches in Beijing.[Full story]

Places of Worship in Beijing

Places of Worship in Beijing
Name Address Brief Introduction
Beijing Guanghua Temple No. 31, Year Alley, Houhai, Xicheng District, Beijing City Guanghua Temple, built around the Yuan Dynasty, is a famous Buddhist temple in Beijing where the Beijing Buddhist Associarion is located. It is situated at the north bank of Houhai lake in the scenic ShishaHai area, near the Yindin Bridge to the east and Madam Song Qingling Mansion to the west. This splendid-looking temple was meticulously built with elaborate carvings and paintings. The unveiling of the new statute of Buddha cum installation of Abbot Xiuming ceremony was auspiciously held here on 16 August 1989.
Beijing Tongjiao Temple No.19, Zhenxian Alley, Inner Dongzhimen North Street Tongjiao Temple is a famous Buddhist temple in Beijing located in a deep alley off a back street of the Inner Dongzhimen area. It was recogni z ed as a national key Buddhist establishment in the Han area by the State Council in 1953, and became a practicing institution for Buddhist nuns and venue for religious activities.
Beijing Huangji Temple No. 25, Inner Fuchengmen Main Street, Xicheng District, Beijing City Guangji Temple, also known as "Hongci Guangji Temple", was originally Xiliulin Temple in the Jin Dynasty; and was rebuilt in the Tianshun Era of the Ming Dynasty. It is an ancient Buddhist temple where the China Buddhist Association is now located. The temple is surrounded by the tranquility of old cypress trees and lush greenery along the deep winding paths. The Beijing Buddhist Culture Research Centre was established here in 2002.
Beijing Fayuan Temple No. 7, Front Fayuanshi Street, Xuanwu District, Beijing City Fayuan Temple was built in the Tang Dynasty, situated at the south of Jiaozi Alley outside the Beijing Xuanwumen. It is not only the oldest Buddhist temple, but also the location for the China Buddhism Institution and China Buddhism Library and Relic Centre, as well as an important venue for nurturing young monks and Buddhism research. Fayuan Temple spreads over an area of 6700 m². Fayuan Temple which consists of 13 halls carefully layout over a huge compound, is the oldest ancient temple buildings in Beijing.
Yonghegong Lamasery No. 12, Yonghegong Main Street Situated on the north-eastern corner of the city, this was a royal residential building, named Prince Yong Mansion, built by Emperor Kangxi as a gift to his fourth son Prince Yong in the 33 rd Year of Emperor Kangxi of Qing Dynasty (AD.1694). In the 3 rd Year of Emperor Yongzheng (AD.1725), it became a temporary imperial palace and renamed Yonghe Palace. It has an architectural layout of the buildings that tapering from the south towards the north and with ascending heights, forming a spectacular "towering main hall with deep hidden annexes" layout, which is a mixed characteristic of the Han, Manchurian, Mongolian and Tibetan culture. Yonghe Lamasery is a treasure of Han-Tibetan culture and was listed as a key protected cultural establishment by the State Council in 1961.
Protestant Christianity
Name Address Brief Introduction
Beijing Chongwenmen Christian Church No. 2, Hou g ou Alley 4, Inner Chongwenmen, Beijing City Beijing Chongwenmen Christian Church was the first American Methodist church in the Beijing region built in 1870. It was called Asbury Hall in memory of Francis Asbury, the first Bishop of Methodist Church in America. Chongwenmen Church, well-known in China and overseas, is the largest existing Protestant church in Beijing, constructed entirely with wooden structures in a uniquely novel semicircular fan-shape architectural style.
Name Address Brief Introduction
Dongjiaomin Lane Catholic Church No. 13, Dongjiaomin Lane 1, Dongcheng District Dongjiaomin Lane Catholic Church, also known as St. Michael Church, was built in 1901 (27 th Year of Emperor Guangxu). Though small , it is a unique building with Gothic style .
Xizhimen Catholic Church No.130, Inner Xizhimen Main Street, Beijing City Xizhimen Catholic Church was the latest among the four main churches in the Beijing Diocese of the Catholic Church. Xizhimen Church, the West church of Carmelite Order, which was built in 1723 (The first Year of Emperor Yongzheng) with a typical Gothic style .
Wangfujing Catholic Church No. 74, Wangfujing Main Street, Dongcheng District Beijing East Catholic Church was built in 1655 (12 th Year of Emperor Shunzhi of the Qing Dynasty) on the land given to P. Magallanes and P. Ludovico Buglio by the imperial family. It was a small church known as the Second Church of Beijing, governed by Bishop Joseph.
Xuanwumen Catholic Church No.141, Qianmen West Main Street Xuanwumen Catholic Church, also known as the South Church, is currently the Diocesan Cathedral. It is the oldest Catholic church in Beijing. It was on this site that P. Matteo Ricci first built a small scripture hall in 1605 (Wanli 33 rd Year of Ming Dynasty), and was later rebuilt by German Jesuit priest J.A. Schall vonBell in 1650 and became the first church in Beijing city.
Xishiku Catholic Church No. 33, Xishiku Main Street, Xicheng District, Beijing City Xishiku Catholic Church, also known as the North Church, is where the Beijing Cardinal Bishop Office is located. The church was originally located at Xipancanchiguo in Zhongnanhai (opposite the former Beijing Library), a land bestowed by Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty, who also hand-written the calligraphic plaque and couplets for the building. It was named "Saviour Church" and officially opened on 9 February 1703.
Name Address Brief Introduction
Niujie Street Mosque No. 18, Niu Street, Xuanwu District, Beijing City Niuji Mosque is the oldest and largest mosque in Beijing, and one of the world's most famous mosques. It was first built in Tonghe 14 th Year of Liao Dynasty or Zhidao 2 nd Year of the Northern Song Dynasty (AD. 996); and later received the designation "Mosque" in Chenghua 10 th Year of the Ming Dynasty (AD. 1474). Niuji Mosque was first built by Arabic scholar Narsrudin with its buildings facing westward and orderly arranged on a central axis. It is a unique Chinese Islamic building with the combination of architectural styles of Chinese palace and Arabic mosque.