Church of the Intercession, Harbin

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The Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God in Harbin (in Chinese: 哈尔滨圣母帡幪教堂 or in Russian: Церковь Покрова в Харбине) is an Eastern Orthodox church in Harbin, China.

This church is located in the "church street", north east of "Hongbo Square" (where St. Nicolas' Central Church used to be), on East Dazhi Avenue, where there are also Harbin Nangang Christian Church (Protestant) and Sacred Heart Cathedral of Harbin (Catholic).

The church's parson is Alexander Yui [ru].


Храм в честь Покрова Пресвятой Богородицы в Харбине.jpg
On the Wall of the Church (2002)

The Church of the Intercession, formerly also called the Ukrainian Church in Harbin, is currently the only Orthodox Church in Harbin, and indeed in all of mainland China, open to Chinese nationals for regular worship.

Its brief history is as follows: [1][2]

  • In 1902, a prayer house was built in the Russian cemetery.
  • In 1922, as the China Eastern Railway was being built, the Russians built a wooden church building at the site of current church.
  • In 1930, the China Eastern Railway donated the present stone church building. The architect was Tidanov.
  • Until 1947, it was mainly used as a church for Ukrainians.
  • About 1958, during Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution, as the Chinese-Soviet relationship soured, the Russians and Ukrainians left China, forcing discontinuance of the church activities.
  • On 14 October [O.S. 1 October] 1984, coinciding with the church's patronal feast day, renovation to the church was completed and reopened for public worship.
  • In September 2000, Father Gregory Zhu Shipu, who had served at the church since its reopening, died, leaving the church without a priest.
  • On 1 May [O.S. 18 April] 2016, Easter service was conducted by the recently-ordained Father Alexander Yu Shi, the church's first priest in 15 years.


The church is open from 9 to 11am on Sundays and Typica is usually prayed in Chinese at 10am.


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