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Hong Kong

Hong Kong was seized by the British Empire after the opium wars of 1840. In the twentieth century, rapid growth through liberal economic policies saw it become one of the world’s richest cities and the eighth largest economy in the world.

In 1997, Hong Kong was returned to China under the provision of the Basic Law, which guarantees the maintenance of existing legal, political and economic structures—as well as religious freedom—for the next fifty years.

Country Facts
  • Region: East Asia
  • Capital: n/a
  • Population: 7.2 million
  • Area: 1,108 km2
  • Religions: Ethnic religions 58%, no religion 21.6%, Protestant 6.4%
  • Languages: English and Chinese (official), the most common dialect being Cantonese, spoken by the vast majority of the population (approx. 90%).

Prayer Points

  • Praise God that after the peaceful return of Hong Kong to China, the religious freedoms and secular state guaranteed by the Basic Law have been respected.

  • Pray for Hong Kong churches as they seek to expand their outreach to students from the mainland, asylum seekers, and African and Muslim South Asian minorities.