Nepalese in China, Hong Kong





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Nepalese who came to live in Hong Kong were Gurkhas who were part of the British military. They began service in the British military in the nineteenth century. When China became rulers of Hong Kong in 1997 they allowed them to stay.

The Nepalese started coming to Hong Kong in the 1970s. They are growing in numbers and have their own NGOs that help the Nepalese in Hong Kong. Though they have Hong Kong identity, they are classed as Nepalese nationals.

Many of the Nepalese are building workers and security guards. A lot of them live in the Yau Tsim Mong and Yuen Long regions. They live mostly in housing for large families as they like to be together and if they lived in government housing this would not be so.

The Nepalese have different ethnic languages as well as speaking in Nepali. Nepalese students can apply for welfare help with their education though there is no guarantee that their education will get them work afterwards. The Nepalese workers do tend to be less well paid in general compared to the Hong Kong workers. There are also language differences that cause problems. Many Nepalese cannot speak Cantonese well.

The Nepalese have their own newspapers in Nepalese such as Everest Weekly. Hinduism is their main religion.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Nepalese in Hong Kong would come to Jesus Christ with whom there is equality.
* Pray that Christian articles could appear in their newspapers.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Nepalese
People Name in Country Nepalese
Population in China, Hong Kong 16,000
World Population 751,000
Countries 6
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Eastern Pahari, Gurkha, Gurkhali, Gurung, Nepalese, Eastern, Paharia
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Nepali-Pahari
People Name General Nepalese
Ethnic Code CNN25k
People ID 13317

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nepali (16,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali 16,000
For Primary Language: Nepali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1850-1961)
New Testament Yes   (1821-2010)
Complete Bible Yes   (1914-2004)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
General Ministry Resources Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Nepali Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Nepali Bible stories Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
43.50 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.90 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
50.00 %
5.00 %
0.50 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
88.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
2.0 %
Photo Source: Galen Frysinger  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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