National Religion of China | Symbols of China

As a Communist country, China has no Official National Religion. China is a Multi-Religious Country With Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, Protestantism, and Catholicism. Freedom of belief is a government policy of the Chinese Government. For many of China’s citizens, their religion is a defining feature alongside their national pride. Chinese popular or Folk Religion Is The Biggest Religion In China. Almost 70% of People Follow This Religion.

Buddhism is practiced by the largest number of people in China, about 18%. Taoism’s influence on Chinese culture far outweighs its number of official followers today (less than 1%). Approximately 1.8% of the population in China practices Islam. Currently, Muslims are a minority group in China, representing between 0.45% to 1.8% of the total population according to the latest estimates. Though Hui Muslims are the most numerous group, the greatest concentration of Muslims is in Xinjiang, with a significant Uyghur population.

An estimated 5% of Chinese people identify as Christian. In addition to the officially recognized religions in China, an estimated 22% of the population holds traditional folk beliefs.  At the beginning of each new year, many Chinese people gather in front of fortune-telling programs to see if they will have a successful year and learn how to avoid bad luck. Even Chinese people who don’t officially follow any religion often take part in traditional folk customs and festivals.


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