225,000 Religious Believers in Peking

Associated Press

There are about 225,000 practicing Muslims, Christians and Buddhists in the Chinese capital, according to the director of Peking’s religious affairs bureau.

In the first detailed disclosure of such figures, the director, Guo Ximin, was quoted by the official English-language China Daily as saying there are 190,000 practicing Muslims, 30,000 Roman Catholics, 5,000 Protestants and 400 Buddhists.

Peking’s 69 churches and temples, which reopened after the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, support themselves through real estate rentals, donations, bank holdings and their own businesses and schools, he was quoted as saying.