The Chongwenmen Church of Beijing Christian Council was first established in 1870 when it was then called Asbury Church. It was the first church constructed by the American Methodist Church in northern China. The scale of this church was smaller than its present size. It was originally designed to hold 400 to 500 people. Although the church appears now as it did back then, its current seating capacity is 2,000 people. As the number of believers increased, the Methodist church began reconstruction of the building, which was completed in 1882. During the Yihetuan Movement (Boxer Rebellion) of 1900, the church was burned down. In 1902, the Qing Dynasty Government appropriated money to rebuild the Asbury Church and was completed in the spring of 1904. This is the main structure we have here today.
The Chongwenmen Church is one of the largest Christian Protestant churches in Beijing, and it enjoys high prestige both at home and abroad. Its architectural style shows grace, ingenuity, and a blend of many cultures. The church consists of two levels. The main level, at 8,245 square meters, is divided into two sections: the main hall that seats 400 people, and the side chapel that seats 300. These two sections are separated by a movable partition so that they can be used separately or as one large room. The second level is the basement, which boasts a seating capacity of 800-1000. Services are filmed and viewed in the basement via closed-circuit television. In 1990, Beijing People's Municipal Government approved the church as a historical relic in the municipal district.
Address: #2 Hougou Hutong, Chongwen District (in the hutong beside Tongren Hospital)
Tel: +86 10 6524 2193
Opening hours: daily, events held at these times: 7:00 on Tuesday, 7:00 Wednesday; 9:00 on Thursday; 9:00 and 18:30 on Friday; the entire on Sunday
How to Get There: Take Bus 103, 104, 106
(china.org.cn August 27, 2007)