Education and Manpower Bureau of The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region


For Hong Kong people, time is money and a minutes lost is step away from fortune. Life here is addictive, no matter how stressfuland assiduous it maybe, people will return to this small yet captivating island. Rush hour is the time when you get to experience the real hustle and bustle of the city's lifestyle. Crowds of people, both students and workers alike, crush themselves into trains and buses. During time for lunch, thousands of working people and students will aggressively race to the restaurants to have their one hour break. Visitors advisable not to venture out onto the main city area at this hour to avoid being dragged into the stampede.

Ninety five percent of Hong Kong's population consists of Chinese, maily Cantonese from mainland China. The Cantonese dialects, cuisine and customs are more significant compared to other Chinese diaects. Next group of Chinese is the Hakka, they emigrated from central and southern China aeons ago. Another Chinese group are Hoko and Tanka, they known as "boat people" who live in junks floating on the waters off Aberdeen, Ya Ma Tei and other typhoon shelters, there are still the older generationswho continue to carry on their tradtional way of life on their junks.


Population: 6,898,686 (Q2 2005 est.)

Age structure: 0-14 years: 13.8% (male 498.771/female 454,252), 15-64 years: 73.5% (male 2,479,656/female 2,591,170), 65 years and over: 12.7% (male 404,308/female 470,529) (2005 est.)

Median age: total: 39.4 years, male: 39.3 years, female: 39.6 years (2005 est.)

Population growth rate: 0.65% (2005 est.)

Birth rate: 7.23 births/1,000 population (2005 est.)

Death rate: 5.98 deaths/1,000 population (2005 est.)

Net migration rate: 5.24 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2005 est.)

Nationality: Chinese

Ethnic groups: Chinese 95%, other 5%

Religions: eclectic mixture of local religions 90%, Christian 10%

Languages: Chinese (Cantonese) and English