About China & Nations Beyond - International
- China has a population of 1.4billion and 160+ cities with a population of over one million. This inclues 10 megacities with a population of 10 million+.
- The percentage of the population living in urban areas has increased from 20% in 1980 to over 60% in 2019.
- With 2m people migrating to the cities each year the urban population in China is expected to reach one billion by 2030.
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There are as many as 292 living languages in China. While Mandarin is the official national language Mongolian, Uyghur, Tibetan, Zhuang and various other languages are also regionally recognized throughout the country.
The Zhonghua Minzu (Chinese nation) is comprised of 56 distinct ethnic groups.The Han Chinese make up more than 90% of the population. The 55 ethnic groups found in the region include Zhuang, Hui, Manchu, Yughur, Mao, Yi, Yujia, Tibetan, Mongol etc.
- Non-religious 44.4%
- Chinese religions 28.5%
- Buddhist 12.5%
- Christian 5.3%
- Traditional ethnic religions 4.6%
- Muslim 1.9%
The dominant worldview is shaped by a blend of Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism. Muslim minority peoples number 20 million. It is illegal to teach religion to anyone under 18.
The Silk Road regions of China and Central Asia have been highways of trade, commerce and cultural exchange since the Silk Road first began. That was over twenty centuries ago!
Tea, spices and silk and other treasures were traded from Europe to Asia via the perilous deserts and mountain ranges of Central Asia and Western China. Buddhism, Islam and Christianity all entered East Asia along these Silk Road trade routes. This region is now home to over 10 different Muslim people groups, each with their own language, culture and traditions.
Fast-forward to the 21st Century and we find the ancient Silk Road regions once again bustling with trade and cultural exchange.China’s Belt & Road Initiative (BRI), inspired by the Silk Road, has become the largest investment project in history. As of 2021, The BRI included agreements with 145 countries .
We long to see the people of the ancient Silk Road regions blessed by the abundant love of God.