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- Stats for Hong Kong
Was a British protectorate until reverting back to China in 1997. One of the world's leading commercial centers. Hong Kong is a place where East meets West; China and Britain have had a strong influence. Hong Kong people have adopted Western ideas in order to achieve commercial success. The long British rule of Hong Kong has left little impression on the non-business population. They do consider themselves more "Hong Kong-ese" than Chinese. People in Hong Kong tend to develop a very short-term Time Orientation due to commerce.
Top 25 Stats
Human Development Index- 15th.
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Chinese, Cantonese (88.7%); Other Chinese groups (6.5%, includes Hakka, Chaochow, Fujianese, Others); Filipino (2.1%); Indonesia (1.4%).
Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), English (Cantonese is the official local dialect, but Mandarin has become more common and influential).
One of the world’s richest cities and the freest market in the world. Hong Kong’s finance supports China’s rapid economic growth. International trade, finance, and industry provide revenue for the city. The culture is built around wealth; as a result, spiritual life and churches often suffer.
History / Politics
Britain gained control of Hong Kong in 1842; China regained control in 1997. Under the agreement, existing legal, political, and economic structures must remain until 2047. China is responsible for defense and foreign policy. Hong Kong is a free society with religious freedom.
Most follow Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, or Chinese folk religions. 10% of people are Christian, and run most of schools, social groups, and ¼ of hospitals. Church growth slowed since the 1960’s, but church unity has increased. Mega-churches with cell groups grow fastest; Cost of real estate slows church building. The church sends out many missionaries and provides funds for outreach, especially to Chinese. Many low-income workers come to Hong Kong for work and need the Gospel.
Pray for unity among Christians and an ability to be pure of heart amidst the wealth. Pray that the Christians who run the schools and hospitals effectively share the Gospel. Pray that non-Christians will become less seduced by wealth and more open to the Truth.