Hong Kong (China)
Hong Kong is a territory located on China's south coast on the Pearl River Delta. In 2008 it had a population of 6.9 million people, and is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Beginning as a trading port, Hong Kong became a dependent territory of the United Kingdom in 1842, and remained so until the transfer of its sovereignty to the People's Republic of China in 1997. Hong Kong is one of two special administrative regions and is generally not considered as part of mainland China.
About 95% of Hong Kong's population is of Chinese descent, the majority which is Cantonese. 90% of Hong Kong's population practises a mix of Buddhism (mainly Chinese Mahayana) and Taoism. In 2008 there were 600,000 Christians, divided evenly between Protestants and Roman Catholics, and comprising 8% of the population.
The Mennonite presence in Hong Kong is the Conference of Mennonite Churches in Hong Kong. It originally related to the Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities (Mennonite Church) and the Commission on Overseas Mission (General Conference Mennonite Church). It was founded in 1976 and had 3 congregations with a membership of 141 in 2006.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 393. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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