Q: Orthodox Church of Shanghai is working or not?
Somebody knows the Orthodox Church of Shanghai is working or not? Or it's just for tourists? It's in NO.55 Xin le road, Xu hui area. Or there're in some other streets if it works also ok. I want to spend the Christmas there . Thank you.
Marina, Orthodox Church Services are held every Saturday evening for the evening vigil at 18h00 hours (check for variances) and every Sunday morning at about 09h00 for Matins, Confession and then Liturgy at the Russian Consulate General in Shanghai. There is a priest for this parish (mostly Russian-speaking and mostly descendants of Russians living abroad) who is from Moscow and a very, very nice person. There is a small but beautiful choir. Additionally, owing to restrictions from the Chinese side, access to the services is only for holders of foreign passports. You enter through the main gate, after your passport has been checked, and then you can access the Church.
Additionally, the Orthodox Churches in China follow the traditional Julian calendar cycle so Chrismas is celebrated on January 6/7 (vigil and liturgy).
The Church of St. John Maximovitch to which you are referring has not been returned to the Russian Orthodox Church, although thank God, the nightclub and topless bar, run by Spaniards, has been booted out (under direct pressure from Putin himself). Currently the Church is being restored and discussions are underway re its future.
That being said, sometimes the city of Shanghai permits Russian Orthodox Church services to be held at the Church of St. Nicholas, still standing, which before 1949, was the Orthodox Military Chapel in Shanghai. This church has been 80% restored. Still services are only accessible to holders of foreign passports.
If you read Russian, then you can find the current schedule and updates as to services, when and where, here:
For those Orthodox in the Greater Shanghai area, the Russian Consulate General has announced as follows concerning Christmas and Epiphany services at the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Shanghai which Chinese authorities have (temporarily) returned to believers:
7 января 2013 г. в Свято-Николаевском храме-памятнике (Gaolan Lu., 16) состоится праздничное Рождественское богослужение (08.00-10.00 Утреня; 10.00-12.00 Божественная литургия).
По окончании богослужения Православная община г. Шанхая и Русский клуб в Шанхае приглашают всех желающих остаться на праздничное чаепитие.
19 января 2013 г. в Свято-Николаевском храме-памятнике (Gaolan Lu., 16) состоится праздничное богослужение Богоявления – Крещения Господня (08.00-10.00 Утреня; 10.00-12.00 Божественная литургия).