An Overview of Handan
Handan is a medium-sized city located in the southern part of Hebei Province in China. It is 163 kilometers away from Shijiazhuang, the provincial capital of Hebei province. The city administration governs four districts, the city itself, and 14 counties. The entire administered area is 12,000 square kilometers, and the main urban area is 457 square kilometers. The city has a total population of 8.9 million. In the past, it was the capital of the Zhou Kingdom. The city has a history of more than 2,500 years and is considered one of China’s historical and cultural cities. There are many archaeological sites and ancient places of interest (source).
The city lies at the east foot of Taihang Mountains and borders the North China Plain in the east. It has rich reserves of coal and iron (source).
Handan is one of the famous historical and cultural cities in China, and the birthplace of Zhao, Pottery and Porcelain, and the Cishan and Taiji cultures. It is also the land of idioms and proverbs (source).
Religion in China
China is a country with a great diversity of religions. There are over 100 million followers of various faiths. The main religions are Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism, although it is safe to say that Confucianism is a school of philosophy rather than a religion. Generally speaking, Chinese people do not have a strong religious inclination; however, despite this, the three main faiths have had a considerable following.
Buddhism was introduced to China from India approximately in the 1st century AD, becoming increasingly popular and the most influential religion in China after the 4th century. Now China has more than 13,000 Buddhist temples.
Islam probably first reached China in the mid-7th century. The Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) witnessed the zenith of the prosperity of Islam. Now China has more than 30,000 mosques.
Catholic influence reached China several times after the seventh century, and Protestantism was introduced into China in the early 19th century. Now there are more than 4,600 Catholic churches and over 12,000 Protestant churches and over 25,000 other types of protestant places of worship in China.
Most Chinese people will say they believe in gods, destiny, fate, luck, and an afterlife. Even so, on most occasions, rather than rely on prayer, people will make decisions all by themselves or resort to either family or friends for help. A visible human being is considered far more reliable than invisible gods or spirits (source).
Would you pray that God would send more laborers to this city and country to lift His name high?
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