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Where to go for Easter church services in Beijing

Where to celebrate Easter (in English) in Beijing

St Joseph's Church in Wangfujing Shutterstock

It's Easter this weekend. Here's where to get down to Church in Beijing.

10am Easter Sunday

This multi-denominational Christian community is holding a warm and welcoming Easter service on Sunday with a service followed by an egg hunt and lunch.

Since the group is not registered, this service is open to foreign passport holders only. Bring your passport.

Find it Third Floor, Low Rise Capital Mansion, 6 Xinyuan Nan Lu, Chaoyang district (nearest subway Liangmaqiao) See full address details

Beijing Baptist Church

10.15am Easter Sunday

This friendly group, a mis-mash of various Baptist denominations, will hold their regular service, including Communion, on Easter Sunday.

Again, because the group is not a registered religious organisation, this one is only open to foreign passport holders. Take ID.

Find it CTS Hotel, 2 Beisanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang district (nearest subway Sanyuanqiao) See full address details

Xuanwumen Cathedral

10.30am Easter Sunday

Beijing's Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, better known locally as Xuanwumen or simply South Church, will be holding its using English language Mass this Sunday.

Xuanwumen is one of Beijing's oldest churches and the current Bishop, Joseph Li Shan, is one of the few Chinese Bishops to be recognised by both the Vatican and the Communist Party's Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, a group unapproved by the Vatican.

Find it 141 Qianmen Xi Dajie, Xicheng district See full address details

St Joseph's Church

4pm Easter Sunday

Another old Beijing church, St Jospeh's near Wangfujing (pictured) will also be holding its regular Catholic Mass on Easter Sunday. Note that the church is colloquially known as Dongtang (East Church) and, erroneously, as Wangfujing Cathedral.

Find it 74 Wangfujing Dajie (500m north of Wangfujing subway station), Dongcheng district

Haidian Christian Church

11.30am Easter Sunday

This large protestant church in Zhongguancun, directly South of Peking University, holds a regular English language service. Because of its location, close to several major universities as well as big technology companies like Sina and Tudou, it tends to attract a younger congregation.

Since the Church is registered, services are attended by both Chinese and foreign passport holders.

Find it 9 Caihefang Lu, Haidian District (nearest subway Zhongguancun) See full address details on their website

Beijing International Christian Fellowship (BICF)

7pm Good Friday (April 3)

9am in Chinese and English and 11am in English Easter Sunday

This multi-denominational international church is holding one of the few Easter services in the city that will be in both English and Chinese.

Find it 21st Century Hotel, 2nd Floor, Room FA 201, 40 Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang District See full address details on their website


10.30am Easter Sunday

BICF-affiliated fellowship NeXt are a small, highly relational fellowship which enjoys discussing relevant topics each week. On Easter Sunday, they'll be talking about 'Someone rose from the dead!'

Find it 3rd floor, Sky Fortune Restaurant (天禧九號), Tianze lu (opposite the US Embassy, nearest subway Liangmaqiao) See full address details on their website