A real Hong Kong behind statistics

by Karen SONG Keyi

What is the most impressive image of Hong Kong in your mind? For most people, Hong Kong may be an international metropolis with big shopping malls and various kinds of delicious Dim Sum. However, statistics would be helpful to reveal more facts of Hong Kong in depth.

1. Air-conditioners

The “no air-con night” event proposed by Green Sense can reduce, at one night, the CO2 emission by 370 tons, which equals to the amount of CO2 that 15,000 trees may absorb in a whole year.

no air-con night in Sep.2011

According to government statistics, among the total electric energy consumption, nearly 60 percent is consumed by air-conditioning during July and August of each year.

Although the government recommended temperature is 25.5 °C, many places such as cinemas, subways, and classrooms are still extremely cold. (some even under 19 °C) This forces many children, women and senior citizens to wear coats to keep warm.

check out the link for more details: http://noaircon2011.blogspot.hk

2. Non-eligible deliveries

Compared with last few months, fewer pregnant women from Mainland China rushed to the AEDs to give birth to their children.

statistics from Hospital Authority

The number of deliveries by non-eligible persons via public hospital AEDs dropped from 57 in August to 52 in September.

check out the link for more details:

http://www.ha.org.hk/visitor/ha_visitor_index.asp?Content_ID=643&Lang=CHIB5&Dimension=100&Parent_ID=10000

3. Public Housing in Hong Kong

According to the housing statistics released by Housing Authority, about 46 percent of Hong Kong residents live in public houses funded by the government, with an average living space per person of 12.9 square meters.

residential buildings stand closely against each other

Hong Kong is no doubt a compact city with more than seven million people live in a small land. Residential buildings are usually vertical extended to make advantage of the limited space.

check out the link for more details:

http://www.housingauthority.gov.hk/tc/index.html

4. Hong Kong People love eating outside

Hong Kong residents spend 27.5 percent of their money on food each month, among which 17.1 percent are used  for meals away from home.

Moreover, the catering industry is highly developed in Hong Kong. There are over 12,000 restaurants in Hong Kong by the end of 2010.

check out the link for more details: http://www.censtatd.gov.hk/m/o270.jsp

5. The Residential Care Services for Elders

By the end of August 2012, there are 29047 elders who are in the waiting list to move into the eldercare center.  And statistics show that the average waiting time for the elders to move in is more than 25 months, which is about 2 years.

Statistics on ‘Waiting List for Residential Care Services’ and ‘Waiting Time
for Residential Care Services’

The Hong Kong movie “A Simple Life” (Sister Peach) brought people’s attention to the living conditions of elders. But from the statistics we can conclude that moving to the eldercare center is not easy and still needs a lot of time.

check out the link for more details:

http://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_elderly/sub_residentia/id_overviewon/

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