82nd Largest City in the World: Nanjing, China

An Overview of Nanjing

Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu province in China and has a prominent place in the country’s history and culture. It has long been one of China’s most important cities  as it has been the capital of China on several occasions. Nanjing is unique in the fact that it has nearly as much jurisdiction and economic power as a province. Because of its location, it has long been a national center of education, research, transportation and tourism.

A 2010 census revealed that the city is growing at a rate of 9% each year. The current population of the city is over 8.11 million people and growing. The majority of the Chinese living in Nanjing are of Han nationality with the second largest ethnicity being Hui.

Because Nanjing is one of the four ancient capitals of China, it attracts scholars, artists, and international businesses. The city has a strong cultural tradition and supportive education system making most view Nanjing as one of the more pleasant places to live in China. With all of its greenery, natural landmarks, and historical buildings, Nanjing is considered as one of mainland China’s beautiful cities and draws flocks of tourist each year.

Religion in Nanjing

Chinese citizens in Nanjing (like the majority of China) may practice several different religions at one time. A few main religions – rather moral philosophies – are prominent in Chinese culture: Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. Many Chinese consider themselves atheist or agnostic. Islam and Christianity have made minor inroads into the city.

Would you pray that God would send more laborers to this city and country to lift His name high?

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About the author

Beau is a Church Planter in Cobb County, GA. He is a graduate of the Our Generation Training Center and sent through Vision Baptist Missions.

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