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Celebrate Christmas in Haidian Church

By Linting Hou

December 19

Haidian Church has a long history and attracts thousands of visitors every December. It is the perfect place to experience Christmas spirit.

Haidian Church has a long history and attracts thousands of visitors every December. It is the perfect place to experience Christmas spirit.

Haidian Christian Church or Haidian Church is located in Zhonguancun, Haidian District, Beijng, south of Peking University and Tsinghua University. Founded in 1915, it has served the community for over a century. As the number of visitors increased, the church was rebuilt in 2005.

The new building of Haidian Christian Church [Image Credit: Liu Lingyu for China.org.cn] 
“Designed by Gerkan, Marg & Partners (gmp), a German company, the new building, with a total area of 4,000 square meters, was built according to the description of Noah’s Ark in the Bible,” said Ms. Gao, a church volunteer. The 193 rods on the facade compose a closed system that symbolizes ecumenism. The building is made up of four floors. The Fellowship Hall is on the first floor, and the Sanctuary is on the second floor. The third and fourth floors are office areas. On the top of the building, there is a 48-meter-tall bell tower.

Preparations for Christmas [Image Credit: Liu Lingyu for China.org.cn]
Each year, Haidian Christian Church holds big events in December, including Christmas Worship, Carol Service and oratorios. They lit their big Christmas tree on December 4, and from then until Christmas Day, more than 20 sessions of worship will be held.

“Last year we received more than 6,000 visitors on Christmas Eve and this year we anticipate that the number will reach 10,000.” said Zhang Bin, the curate of the church, “On December 24, we’ll hold seven sessions of worship beginning at 2:00 pm, and each session will last one hour.”

The Sanctuary of Haidian Christian Church [Image Credit: Liu Lingyu for China.org.cn]
On Christmas Eve, priests and worship teams lead followers in prayer and hymn singing in the sanctuary. These events will be broadcast live to make sure that the followers in the fellowship hall can share in the sacred moment. At midnight on Christmas Eve, the bell will be rung for the arrival of Christmas Day. On Christmas Day, there will be five sessions of Sunday Worship and two sessions of Christmas Worship.

You can get a free ticket at the church gate on Christmas Eve.

Entry: free

Transport: Take the No.740/751/982/983/333/641/808 bus and get off at Zhonguancun West stop, then walk westward for about 400m until you see the church on your left.

Opening hours: 6:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

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