It was during the Yuan rule in China that there are records available of western travels. Marco polo from Venice was a distinguished traveler from China. Infrastructure and public utilities saw great improvements in this era. Beijing became the center of economic activities. It was the first time the contacts with Europe were established largely.
After the downfall of the Mongols in the year 1370, there was an inclination towards the adaptability of Confucianism. Before that there was a struggle for dominance between Buddhism and Taoism. Taoism was linked with the power of the cosmos and believed in the supernatural powers, which was contrary to the trends of Buddhism. The Mongolians had been ardent followers of Buddhism. However the educated are Confucians. This trend is still on in Chinas and for centuries now, the educated are supposed to be Confucians. Barring the educated class, the other general populations follow the principals of all religions collectively, propagating that they do not believe in religion but follow ethics. Chinese are unlike the Jews who firmly follow one religion and believe all other religions to be false. In the current scenario the hurdles in religions in china is much lesser. But people are still influenced by supernatural powers, particularly amongst the illiterates (Russell, 2007).