, Volume 82, Issue 5, pp 971–986 | Cite as

Spatiotemporal analyses of religious establishments in coastal China



This research examines the diffusion process of the religious institutions of Buddhism, Daoism, and Christianity in coastal China, using the case study of Zhejiang Province since 1949. The spatial distribution dynamics and diffusion process associated with the religious establishments are presented and discussed in the GIS environment. The results reveal that the development of the religious establishments followed a hierarchical diffusion process. In addition, spatiotemporally significant agglomerations of the studied religious institutions are successfully detected.


Religions establishments Spatiotemporal analysis Spatial diffusion process Coastal China 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Huanyang Zhao
    • 1
  • Jay Lee
    • 1
  • Xinyue Ye
    • 1
  • James Tyner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeographyKent State UniversityKentUSA

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