I read in the newspaper recently that there are 1.26 million poor people in Hong Kong. That's almost 20 percent of the city's population of 7 million.
These people live on HK$100 ($12.89) a day. In Beijing this would not be too difficult as things from transportation to utilities and food can be cheap. But in Hong Kong, that's a real challenge.
An expat could easily spend that on two drinks in Lan Kwai Fong.
But here that money needs to feed, shelter and clothe an entire family.
While some may think the tycoons of Hong Kong are the heroes of the city, it's really these working poor.
They are doing the impossible by surviving on so little.