Hengshan Community Church

Established in 1925 by American benefactors, this red-brick Gothic edifice is the largest Protestant church in Shanghai. Sometimes referred to as the International Church (Guoji Libai Tang), it stands (now rather incongruously) on Hengshan Road, better known today for its bars and bowling alley. It’s nevertheless a peaceful spot, not least in the gardens on the right as you enter the grounds.

With room for up to 2,000 people, it remains a popular place of worship, with services held in Chinese on Sunday mornings at 7am and 10am, and in English at 2pm and 4pm (only for foreign passport holders).

The church has also hosted a number of visiting dignataries over the years, including US President Jimmy Carter and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.


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