Xiashan Catholic Church is the main Gothic church in Zhanjiang City and one of the key places of worship in the nation. Catholicism became the principal faith regarding the city after the onslaught of France over Zhanjiang. Under the Zhanjiang's administration in 1900 the proposition for the development of a church was advanced by a Fan Lian a French legal priest. It took three years to build the congregation. Finally that was once whole of 1903 with the resources collected. It was one of the biggest gothic church in southern China. In 1991, it was recorded as a key cultural relic assurance unit in the city.