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Christianity

Guangxiao Christian Church, one of Guangzhou's largest churches, is located in the heart of downtown Guangzhou. The church has a long history, and was entirely funded, built and managed by Chinese Christians. Guangxiao Christian Church is a combination of Western and Chinese architectures which employed Italian design in decor. The Church laid out west to east, covering a total area of 1,470 square meters in a five-storey design, 26.7 meters high, 35 meters long and 23 meters wide. It is so spacious that its second and half of third floor can house 1,200 followers and the underground part serves as a kindergarten.

The third floor has featured port glass, shining gorgeously. The fourth floor is the Xingdao Book Store in honor of the entrepreneur spirit of scholars of the past to serve the people. Pagoda-styled bell towers were built to the south and north side on the fifth floor. The tower top and its periphery were decorated with glazed tiles to have a touch of ancient garden architecture. The church is solemn, dazzling and magnificent from a distance.

As early as 1872, Pastor William Scott Ament of the American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions (ABCFM) advocated and organized missionary services among overseas Chinese. Later, a self-financing Bethany Chapel was established in San Francisco. In 1886, the Chinese Congregational Church was reorganized. And in 1894, the Chinese Congregational Church sent Huang Ruitang and Kuang Guangde with money back to Guangdong to set up a gospel hall at Shibafu, Guangzhou, which was renamed to Xingdao Book Store in 1897.

In 1921, Pastor Tan Woxin arrived in Guangzhou from America and summoned brethren to plan a new church on Guangxiao Street. They raised over 70,000 Yuan and completed the new church in October 1924. That is why the church got its current name "Guangxiao Christian Church". It has become a witness of the self-financing, self-preaching and self-rule spirits of early Chinese Christians.

※ Address: Guangxiao Lu 29, Guangzhou

※ Opening Hours: 6:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

※ Admission: Free

※ Tel (Fax): 81087837

※ Transportation:
· Metro: Opposite to Exit C, Ximenkou station, Line 1
· Bus: Take bus 4, 102, 104, 107, 109, 134, 186, 193, 233, 250, 286, 31, 38, 527, 58, 74, 85, 88 to Ximenkou Stop

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