St. Joseph's Cathedral (Wangfujing Church)
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 damaged in 1720 by an earthquake, then felled in 1812 by a fire. It was rebuilt by foreigners but was once again destroyed, this time during the Boxer Rebellion in 1900, so what you see dates to 1904, with maintenance done in 2000. In a perfect coda to the church’s tumultuous history and involvement in the foreigners-versus-Chinese Boxer Rebellion, the church is on busy Wangfujing, a buzzing pedestrian shopping street.