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Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) wasPastor Hao Zhiqiang from Inner Mongolia speaks Minnan Dialect now! founded in London in 1844 and iscs now a global Christian social service organization with over 45 million members in 124 countries.

Xiamen YMCA, one of China’s first (after Tianjin, Shanghai,
Beijing, and Guangzhou) was started in April, 1912 by the UK YMCA representative, Mr. H.S. Mackenze, who had arrived in May 1910. The Xiamen YMCA was opened in a rented office of the Gǔlàngyǔ Union Church (now #60 Fújiàn Road). The first elected members of the board of directors were Chen Tianen, Zhang Yongshun, Zheng Bainian, Mi Yage, Fan Liwen, and Wan Luoma. H S Mackenze was invited to be the first General Secretary, and Wang Zongren acted as Secretary.

The World Alliance of YMCAs, established at the 1st international conference in 1855 in Paris, is the world’s oldest international volunteer organization and is now based in Geneva, Switzerland. The YMCA is increasingly active again in China, with centers in Taiwan Province, Hong Kong (1901) and Macao, as well as ten mainland Chinese cities: Tianjian (1895), Shanghai, Guangzhou (1909), Xiamen (1910), Hangzhou (1914), Xi’an, Wuhan, Nanjing (1912) and Chengdu (1910), as well as Taiwan Province, Hong Kong and Macao.

Xiamen YMCA continues to courage youth involvement
in social and community services by setting up school programs, disaster relief activities, summer camps, choruses and student activities. Xiamen YMCA set up the city’s first sports program, which made a significant contribution to Xiamen’s development of modern sports. Xiamen YMCA held Xiamen’s first sports meet in Yanwu Ting on Nov. 27, 1915. The YMCA held Xiamen’s first swim meet in 1931 at Gulangyu’s Tiánwěi Rd beach, and Xiamen’s first boat races in 1934. Morris notes that the YMCA had a great impact on modern sports throughout China:

“By 1907, staff at the Tianjin YMCA were rallying their Chinese charges with the cry: When will China be able to send a winning athlete to the Olympic contests? When will China be able to invite all the world to Peking for an International Olympic contest? Nearly a century later, on the eve of China's first-ever Olympic games, this innovative book shows for the first time how sporting culture and ideology played a crucial role in the making of the modern nation-state in Republican China.” Andrew Morris’ “Marrow of the Nation—a History of Sport and Physical Culture in Republican China.”
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Did you know? These sports were invented in YMCAs:
Racquetball (1950, Greenwich, Conn. YMCA)
Volleyball (1895, Holyoke, Mass. YMCA)
Basketball (Dec. 1891, YMCA Int'l Training School).
Professional" American football(1895, a Pennsylvania YMCA)
The term "bodybuilding" was first used in 1881 in Boston YMCA.
The name "Softball" was coined by a member of Denver YMCA.
YMCA's modern swimming lessons influenced modern sports, & military training.  I'm joking about YMCA inventing television ! P.S. Just joking about the HD television!

YWCA Red Cross in Xiamen about the 1930sAnti-Japanese Efforts During world war II, Xiamen YMCA initiated the public anti-Japanese resistance movement. In September, 1936, Xiamen YMCA invited Mr.Li Gongbo from Shanghai to give a speech entitled, “The International Situation and China”. Three months later, in December, Mr. Liu Liangmo, the secretary of the student department of the National Association of YMCAs of China came to the Xiamen YMCA to organize a chorus and teach anti-Japanese songs.

Military training in Amoy Girls' Middle School about 1937  2/3 of these girls were YWCA members The aftermath of a Japanese Air Raid on Amoy about 1937

Xiamen YMCA’s activities were forced to stop during the “the Xiamen YMCA volunteer medical workCultural Revolution” but resumed after 1978, and in 1984 the central government gave formal approval for Xiamen YMCA to resume work as a legal social service organization. Today, Xiamen YMCA is unique in that it is the only one that is not located in a provincial capital city or a city directly under the jurisdiction of the central government.

Xiamen YMCA’s major social services now include cultivation of poor students, professional training, and cultural & sports activities. A Xiamen YMCA team of volunteers consisting largely of retired Christian physicians has long provided free medical services and medicine for residents of poorer suburban areas. The program has been warmly received, especially by village communities.
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Volunteer with Xiamen YMCA/YWCA!
YMCA/YWCA can't get enough volunteers! Teach English, help with social activities, medical work. You name it, they do it--and they need your help! Contact them at address or phone at bottom of this page.
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基督教青年会(Young Men's Christian Association,简称“YMCA”) 1844年创办于英国伦敦,是以基督为信仰、联系广泛的全球性社会服务团体,目前世界上有120多个国家和地区有YMCA组织。YMCA致力提倡和推动青年人德、智、体、群四育的均衡发展,培养健全人格,服务社会,造福人群,并以此为目标开展多元化的社会服务工作。中国目前仅北京上海天津广州杭州厦门西安武汉南京成都十个城市有YMCA组织。
Xiamen YMCA YWCA choir in 2004 Xiamen YMCA YWCA Christmas program in 2005

厦门基督教青年会是中国创办较早的城市基督教青年会之一(先于厦门的有天津上海北京广州)。1910年5月,麦坚志(H S Mackenze)做为不列颠国民议会青年会的代表到厦门筹备创办青年会。1912年4月租赁房屋于鼓浪屿西国礼拜堂(福建路60号)为会所,正式成立厦门市基督教青年会,并票选第一届理事会成员:陈天恩、章永顺、郑柏年、密雅各、范礼文、万罗马,聘请发起人麦坚志为首任总干事,王宗仁为干事。
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Xiamen YMCA/YWCA Contact Info
Add: #64 Siming Xilu (near Blue Hut)
Xiamen, Fujian, PRC 361003
中国福建厦门市思明西路 64 号 361003
Tel: (0592) 211-2362 211-3664 FAX: 211-4016
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YMCA & YWCA in other Chinese Cities
National Committee of YMCAs in China
Contact: Ms Jin Wei
#803, 88 Cao Xi Bei Lu Shanghai 200030 PRC
Tel: 21-6428-3951/3961 Fax: 00-86-21-6320-3053

YMCA of TianjinTianjin YMCA 天津中华基督教青年(China's 1st; Dec. 1895)
Tel:022-23927521 FAX:022-23927521


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Shanghai YMCA  Check out the Shanghai YMCA HotelShanghai YMCA 上海基督教青年会
Add: 123 Xi Zang Nan Lu (上海西藏南路123号) Shanghai 200021; Tel/Fax:21-6373-2367

Shanghai YMCA Hotel
青年会宾馆 This 3 Star, 11-storey hotel, built in 1929 and renovated in 1999, is ideally situated right downtown. Rated highly by travellers; good prices.
Add: 123 Xi Zang Road (South) Shanghai China 200021
Tel: 21-63261040 Fax: 21-63201957
YMCA of Beijing China

Beijing YMCABeijing YMCA 北京基督教青年会

Add: Běijīng, Zongwen District, Qumen Nei Blvd. Xingfu Residence Bldg. #13 北京崇文区广渠门内大街幸福家园13号楼会所
Tel: 010-67195151

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YMCA of GuangzhouGuangzhou YMCA 广州基督教青年会
[Now has a 9-member board of directors (Rev. Li Jia-mo is President),a staff of 30 led by Rev. Feng Hao, over 400 members of the Association,YMCA of Guangzhou and 400 volunteers of the YMCA Volunteer Movement of Guangzhou (officially founded in February 2001).
Add: #549 Tianhe Lu A2 Longyuan Mansion 7/F; opposite Pacific Computer City 广州市天河路549号龙苑大厦A2座七楼
Administration Tel: (020)87519690 87539825
Volunteer, donation, service: 87594026

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Hangzhou YMCAHangzhou YMCA 杭州基督教青年会
Add: #27 Qingnian Lù, Hangzhou 杭州市青年路27号 Postcode: 310001
Tel: (0571)87020545 87029466 FAX: 87911375

Nanjing YMCA/YWCA (YMCA - 1912; YWCA - 1919)
Add: #229 Zhongshan Lu 南京市中山路229号 Postcode: 210008
Tel:(025) 83307434

Chengdu YMCA 成都基督教青年会
Add: 春熙路北段4号 Postcode: 610016

Wuhan YMCA 武汉基督教青年会
Add: 黎黄陂路10号 Tel: 027-82832142

(See below for Wuhan YWCA Training Center)
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Taiwan YMCATaiwan YMCA 台湾基督教青年会
Add: 10490 台北市長安東路二段171號11樓之1
Tel: 02-2721-8263 FAX: 02- 2721-7475

Hong Kong YMCA  a lont history of social serviceHong Kong YMCA 香港基督教青年会
Too many services and locations for me to cover! Check their site.

Macao YMCA 澳门基督教青年会 (not started until Feb. 1994)
Tel: 226146 or 226147 Click Here for Address and Map

YWCA Links (The YWCA was founded in London in 1855)

Guangzhou YWCA 广州基督教女青年会
Add: Jiangnan Blvd. Zhongshuihua 2nd Lane #1 广州市江南大道中穗花二巷1号 Postcode: 510245
Tel: 8620-84427999, 8620-84431432  FAX: 8620-84418781
Office E-mail:

Wuhan YWCA Training Center 武汉基督教女青年会爱友培训中心
Contact: Teacher Luo (罗老师) Tel: 027-82781983
Add: #7 Qingdao Lu, International Youth Bldg. 7/F
青岛路7号 国际青年大厦5楼

Xi'an YWCA 西安市基督教女青年会
Add: Xinmin Street Central Tongji Subdivision #1 西安市新民街通济中坊1号 Tel: 029-87213644
FAX: 029-87217976   

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