Sacred Heart Cathedral
Sacred Heart Cathedral
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Get away from all the noise in Guangzhou and experience the calm atmosphere exuded by this impressive twin-spired Roman Catholic cathedral.
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina64,824 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
On a Chinese National Holiday, after seeing the queue at this Catholic Cathedral, I left and returned two hours later. The people in queue had changed, but still there were well over 1,000 people waiting to enter. Looked like about 99% of those waiting are Chinese. I was surprised by such interest by Chinese in a Catholic church. Not being one for waiting in queue for over an hour, I did not enter.
Written May 3, 2019
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina64,824 contributions
May 2020
The church was closed during my visit, but there were over 100 people here, mostly taking photographs. A solemn place of worship. It appears that most of the renovations and restorations are complete.
Written May 16, 2020
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InnaYYZ
Toronto, Canada1,489 contributions
Aug 2019
The Catholic Cathedral was providing sightseeing or prayer visits. The church was packed with 98% locals and 2% foreign sightseers. Beautiful architecture throughout.
Written August 18, 2019
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PushExplore
Singapore, Singapore4,821 contributions
Nov 2019
The Sacred Heart Cathedral is quite a tourist attraction in Guangzhou. You will always find a lot of tourists and locals exploring this area.
Written December 18, 2019
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Royallen W
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China41 contributions
Feb 2013
I am not Roman Catholic but have attended services at Sacred Heart several times over the past year while living in Guangzhou. The church has a rich history dating back to the 19th century and it is interesting that it was built by the French. The English service is at 3:30 PM on Sunday and is always packed so arrive early if you want a seat. The congregation for that service is over 50% African, 25% Filipino, and about 25% everybody else. I love the acoustics of this building and I get goose bumps when the assembly sings full throat. The service is standard RC liturgy and has all the trappings of the RC church even though they don't report in directly to the Vatican there's a bit of a rift between the PRC and Rome). I love looking at the stained glass especially in late afternoon when the light hits it just right. No A/C so it can be sweltering in the summer. Be prepared for lots of beggars outside the front gate but I've never found them to be aggressive. Even if you don't have time for the church service it's worth to stop in for a quick tour and to get a sense of Guangzhou life around Haizu Square
Written February 16, 2013
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Barbara G
Bielsko-Biala, Poland114 contributions
Jul 2018
Beautiful catholic church. Nice Sunday ceremony ecen if you do not know Chinese you know the flow of event because of songs and melody. Must see for these who are Catholic.
Written August 20, 2018
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irene
Singapore, Singapore303 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
Very prominent building that stand out in Yide road, will not miss it. Wasn’t able to get it as was close. Lots of people waiting outside. Pls take note of the timing
Written July 24, 2018
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icartmom
Guangzhou, China18 contributions
Oct 2014 • Business
you need to get to mass early. 2:30, mass begins at 3:30. sit near a fan if you can. be aware that they have ushers walking around during mass to make sure you are behaving.
Written October 17, 2014
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Scott P
Burbank, OH118 contributions
Jul 2013 • Friends
The Sacred Heart Cathedral is located in the center of "Old Guangzhou" - Haizhu Square district. It is a beautifully maintained facility that still holds mass weekly.

This is one of two old Catholic Church buildings in Guangzhou, the other being on Shamian Island. Both are well worth the visist.
Written May 15, 2014
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ThomUSA
Las Vegas, NV836 contributions
Apr 2012 • Solo
I went here for Palm Sunday Mass. The Mass was to start at about 3:30pm (for English). It was good I got there early. The church was already half full by 3pm when I arrived. By 3:30 it was standing room only. It is not the biggest or prettiest church, but it is definitely worth seeing if you like church architecture. The choir was magnificent, one of the best I have heard. The entire church sang all the songs loud enough to block out any other noises...it was beauiful to hear such enthusism. In my home church, the choir is good, but the congregation's voices are soft. The congegration here was an eclectic mix, probably 80% were of African origin, 10% from the Philippines, and the rest were from elsewhere, which was a bit of a surprise in China. It was a bit of a strain to understand what was being said with the different accents, and the audio-visual system did not work very well either. But if you are here on a Sunday, I would definitely recommend planning your day around visiting this beautiful cathedral. Also, if you want to get a taxi afterwards, you need to walk down the street where there is an intersection and enough traffic. The church was not air-conditioned...so on hotter days like yesterday when it was above 80 degrees outside with no wind blowing, it got warm inside with that many people.
Written April 1, 2012
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