1st Edition

Exploring China's Religious Sites Digital and Spatial Insights

By Zhaohui Hong Copyright 2025
    238 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book employs cutting-edge digital and spatial methodologies to tackle the critical issue of religious site scarcity across China for five major religions: Protestantism, Catholicism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Islam, spanning the period from 1911 to 2004.

    Drawing from Chinese government datasets and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), this comprehensive work presents official information concerning religious sites and pinpoints specific cities facing shortages in such sites. The book also offers an in-depth analysis of religious sites, delving into their historical context and evolving significance within China, shedding light on the unique challenges and opportunities each religion faces.

    Uncovering spatial patterns and relationships that shed new light on the distribution of religious sites and valuable insights into the evolution of Chinese religious practices since 1911, this groundbreaking book will be an excellent resource for students and scholars of modern China and religious studies, as well as digital and spatial humanities.

    1. Introduction  2. The Shortage of Protestant Churches in Hangzhou City  3. Comparative Protestant Church Shortages in Four Cities  4. Taipei and Provincial Capital Cities on China's Southeast Coast  5. Growth of Officially Registered Protestant Churches since 1949  6. The Nationwide Shortage of Chinese Protestant Churches  7. Multi-Methods Research Design for National Protestant Churches  8. The Evolution of Buddhist Temples  9. Quantitative Analysis of Daoist Temples  10. A Spatial Exploration of the Catholic Market  11. Quantitative Studies on Islamic Mosques  12. Spatial Analysis of Mosques  13. Religious Sites of Five Religions Amidst the Cultural Revolution


    Zhaohui Hong is a Professor of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University, USA.