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Hong Kong, the former British port and colony has since 1997 been governed by China as a Special Administrative Region. It contains a greater diversity of religions and sects than any other Chinese city. All religious groups, including those banned in mainland China, operate freely. However about 60% of the population of 7 million people claim “no religion” on surveys.

Hong Kong's people are known in Asia for their pragmatism, but below the surface of this pragmatism lies a deep and diverse milieu of religious hopes and fears. Many people who claim “no religion” on surveys also believe in supernatural retribution, fear ghosts, occasionally visit temples, and worship ancestors by burning paper goods for their use in the afterlife (including paper cars, houses, servants, computers, ...

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