Religion is as important an aspect of life as it is anywhere else in the world and belief is recognized as an individual right. China respects the freedom of religious belief. According to Article 36 of the Chinese constitution that citizens "enjoy freedom of religious belief".
The Chinese Communist Party is officially atheist, but it recognizes five religions: Buddhism, Catholicism, Daoism, Islam, and Protestantism. Many religions coexist in harmony here, with many Chinese practicing Buddhism, Daoism, Islam, and Christianity, each respected as independent but equal.
As the capital of a country with many faiths, Beijing has a great variety of sacred sites, reflecting the main religious traditions that can be found across the country.
Several religious sites in Beijing:
Beijing Wangfujing Church (Catholicism)
- Address: No. 74, Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
BeijingChongwenmen Christian Church (Christianism)
- Address: Ding No.2, Hougou Hutong, Chongwenmen, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Tongzhou Randeng Pagoda (Buddhism)
- Address: Dacheng Street, Dongzhou District, Beijing
Beijing Dongyue Temple (Daoism)
- Address: No. 141, Chaoyangmenwai Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Dongsi Mosque (Islam)
- Address: No.13, the Dongsi South Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing