Beijing had a colonial past just as Shanghai did, but the remnants of those years are not as prevalent as they are in Shanghai. That’s why St. Joseph’s Cathedral is well worth a visit. The Romanesque Revival church was originally built in 1665, but was felled in 1720 by an earthquake and in 1812 by a fire. It was rebuilt by foreigners but was once again destroyed during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900, so what you see today dates to 1904, with maintenance done in 2000. In a perfect coda to the church’s tumultuous history and involvement in the foreigners vs. Chinese Boxer Rebellion, the church today is on busy Wangfujing, a buzzing pedestrian shopping street.