Survey finds 300m China believers
BBC, 7 Feb 2007
A survey by the East China Normal University in Shanghai showed that 31.4% of people above age 16 consider themselves religious, suggesting 300 million people nationwide could be religious, compared to the official figure of 100 million. Of this 300m, 200m are Buddhists, Taoists or worshippers of legendary figures. The survey also showed a significant rise in Christianity, 12% of all believers, or 40m, compared to the official figure of 16m in 2005. Also, the average age of religious believers has fallen, with two-thirds aged 16-39.