(DAILY MAIL) — It’s a strange and bold ambition, but the people of Barnsley are hoping to become a Christian pilgrimage destination on a scale to rival Lourdes.

Tourism chiefs are launching a major push to attract an astonishing 70 million Chinese Christians who revere the South Yorkshire mining town as the birthplace of 19th century missionary James Hudson Taylor.

Hudson Taylor is the man who took Christianity to China and is responsible for the fact that there are more Christians there than there are people in Britain.

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