One thing that has helped my family and I to adjust to living in China was attending a religious gathering. However, it can be hard to know where to find others of the same religious persuasion. I wanted to start this topic to help those trying to find a place of worship. Although, I am Christian, I invite those of other faiths to share places of worship here as well.
My family and I attend a registered church in MinZhong Zhen on the corner of Lang Wang Da Dao (浪网大道) and MinZhong Lu (民众路). We are the only foreigners that attend out of the 200 or so that gather there each week. Sunday service starts at 9am and ends around 10:30-11am. I have been to two other churches downtown, but I do not know their locations or service times. One of them is quite large and has its own kindergarten adjacent to it. The other is within walking distance of the ZhongShan Gan Yi Jia Yi bus stop. I've noticed that the Guangdong churches tend to be in both cantonese and mandarin. So they are bilingual!...just not in English. :)
Sometimes there can be some confusion and misinformation about what is legal for foreigners concerning religious activiting in China. I would encourage foreign passport holders to only attend registered (i.e. TSPM - Three Self Patriotic Movement) churches and to avoid unregistered meetings since these tend to be the ones that can result in legal issues. To my knowledge foreigners are welcome to attend any Chinese registered church, but they are not allowed official positions within the church. Foreign fellowships are pretty much only for foreign passport holders and tend to be lead by foreigners. Some foreign fellowships are registered while others are not so be careful not to mix with the wrong crowd. Proselytizing is of course forbidden but being a Christian or having fellowship with other Christians is just fine. I would think the same is true for Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, and Hindus and would have registered facilities much like the Christian churches.
There are many misconceptions in the world regarding China. The Catholic Church at the top of Walking Street has a service every Sunday but be warned it is in both Mandarin and Cantonese and so is very long.
I wrote a blog regarding the history of Christianity in China some time ago but you may like to read it1
Pretty good article. I actually went to see the Nestorian tablet at a musuem in Xi'An which is a stone tablet that records Christians and their faith being in China around 500AD. If forget the actual date, but it was pretty cool. Christianity has been China longer than the American continents which most people seem to overlook.
I think I've seen the Catholic church from riding the bus to Parkson's Mall.