St. Joseph's Cathedral
St. Joseph's Cathedral
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Sergio Cristofoletti
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Solo
It was a tremendous experience in China, visit a Catholic Cathedral in honor of St. Joseph's! Was a big pleasure!
Written 31 July 2021
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Scott Johnson
Cheshire, UK177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Walking around the corner from Sunworld Hotel, to Wangfujing Street, you will come upon the St Joseph's Church.
Finished in 1905 it has been opened and closed multiple times during the Mao Zedong Era. The new atheistic regime broke off all diplomatic relations with the Holy See two years later, and attempted to eliminate all forms of religion by either seizing or destroying churches and other places of worship. St. Joseph's suffered the same fate and in the 1950s, it was expropriated to the government, who then turned it into an elementary school. The communist government further tightened their control on the Catholic Church in China by establishing the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (CPCA) in 1957. As a result, the church of St. Joseph's has been under the administration of the CPCA since that year and its parish priests are not recognized by the Vatican.

The church was closed down altogether in 1966—the first year of the Cultural Revolution—and suffered further damage during this period of time until the end of the revolution in 1976
Written 11 May 2020
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PaulSiow
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia2,702 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
We walked along Wangfujing street and came across this Cathedral. Weather was drizzling quite heavily when we visited and it was late. Cathedral was closed and we could only look at the outside architecture.
Written 21 March 2020
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Mike A
Washington DC, DC377 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
If you're staying near the Wangfujing area, I highly recommend stopping by St. Joseph's Cathedral, especially at night. Yes, you might find locals performing in the courtyard which adds to the experience. But if you're lucky enough to be there on a Sunday afternoon, do stop by for the English service/mass time. Afterwards, you get to see the Cathedral lit up at night which is gorgeous. There's a lot of history here and I was fortunate that a different tour guide was telling me about the church being built in the 1600s, being destroyed by an earthquake and a fire but each time it being rebuilt. Even if you're shopping nearby, do stop by and just admire the views outside the Cathedral.
Written 5 March 2020
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rosegrove77
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia388 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
A stunning church in the heart of Beijing. It’s a haven amongst the bustling shopping district. I attend the 4pm English Mass held on a Sunday and it was lovely. The choir were excellent and the church was full.
Written 16 December 2019
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Jennifer I
Tarlac, Philippines52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I am happy to have visited this church and was able to pray inside with the mass for a Catholic. It was beside our hotel and had a nice view on our hotel room. i passed by this Cathedral every time we go to the shopping district of Wangfujing. It is located at Wangfujing Avenue. And old style churches with great views a nice one for me. A beautiful Church indeed for us Catholic.
Written 16 November 2019
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LG_Kay
Singapore, Singapore7,519 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Located along Wangfujing Street, this church, also known as Wangfujing Catholic Church, is the most conspicuous cathedral in Beijing. When I was there in the evening, the church was closed. However, the courtyard was lively, with the locals gathering there - a small group with live music and singing, while others just sitting and relaxing there.

Tips: I came via subway Wanfujing Station (lines 1, 8 & 18) and walked along Wanfujing street for about 1km to St. Joseph's Church. I didn’t wish to walk back the 1km to Wanfujing Station. I managed to take a bus back to Wanfujing Station. From St. Joseph's Church, continue to head north for about 150m, you’ll find a bus stop heading south. Unfortunately I couldn’t remember the bus number.
Written 20 October 2019
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Dezcapades Travel
Mandaluyong, Philippines15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
My husband and I attended a mass here in the morning to celebrate our anniversary.

As a Catholic, I am happy to find a beautiful church in the middle of a shopping district in Beijing. Though it is a busy place the church was kept solemn and peaceful.
Written 18 September 2019
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J&S_Singapore
Singapore, Singapore5,282 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
It was really coincidental that we hit upon here, after a lunch at Beijing Pie and walking along Donghuamen when we turned into王府井天主堂 Actually we have planned to come another day specifically for it by the few detours lead us here instead, quite fated!
One of few Roman Catholic churches in a Buddhist and Taoist China, it is so beautifully designed with Romanesque architecture. The church dates to 1655, built by Italian Missionaries. It was a Thursday mid noon and there’s no Mass srssion. Still there are worshippers-prayers. There was even a marrying couple taking photos outside, with the beautiful building as backdrop….
I sat in a corner and made a short prayer.
On the last day to airport, the shuttle bus drove past the Catholic Church again... :)
Written 21 April 2019
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Betty
2,888 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
We saw this church as we were exploring Wangfujiang street. It just stood out since there were shops and buildings surrounding it. It is a beautiful Catholic Church of Romanesque architecture.
Written 20 January 2019
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