Before the reform and open policy, Yiwu city only Buddhism and Christianity, almost all Yiwu locals to participate in religious activities, only thousands of people, mostly in rural areas. In recent years, as more and more domestic and foreign merchants come to Yiwu, more and more people participate in religious activities. Currently, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Christianity has places in Yiwu, there are 67 the religion places, among them 28 in Buddhism, 1 Taoism, 1 Islam, 1 Catholicism, 36 Christianity. Nearly 30000 religious believers, locals and outsiders about half, including approximately 20000 Muslim, 15000 Christian, over 400 Catholic. Religious school staff 187 people, including 94 monks and nuns, 7 priests of Christian, three teachers, 41 elders, imam Islam has 1, 1 Catholic priests, Taoism no full-time faculty.
Here are some of the major places:
Buddhism, is a native religion, many places, recommend the downtown Futian Temple, in recent years, with Yiwu economic development and urban construction, due to the need of Yiwu small commodity market expansion, the Futian temple was listed in the range of remove, Futian Temple moves to the west village, village still restore the original temple name " Futian Temple. At the same time as the historical and cultural landscape included in the overall plan for the construction of Yiwu "central park".
Yiwu church is located in Yiwu Chou Zhou Xi Road No. 95, building area of 237 square meters, set up by WenZhou Catholic believers who are doing business in Yiwu in April 2008. At present, there are 200 Catholic believers there, have a few African, South Korea.
New Christian Grace Church
New Christian grace church is located in Yiwu ZongZe east road No. 237, named by the former vice chairman of the CPPCC national committee Ding Guangxu bishop. New grace church as a whole is divided into church, comprehensive office building and accessory occupancy, covers an area of 9132 square meters, total construction area of 8712 square meters, can accommodate 3000 people at the same time. The ground breaking ceremony on May 18, 2000. On April 18, 2002 held a grand opening ceremony of new grace church, bishop Ding attended the ceremony and delivered a speech.
Jiang Bin Xi Road no. 90 in Yiwu (upgrade), covers an area of about 20 acres, activity place hall area of 3000 square meters.
From 2005 to 2006, to Yiwu foreign Muslim growth faster, on Friday, about 5000 people attended their, Muslim doing business in Yiwu is live in about 20000 people. In April 2007, their number is close to 7000 people. Which Muslims account for 40% of domestic and overseas Muslim merchants respectively from Yemen, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Palestine, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, Mali, Sudan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Malaysia and other countries.
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