According to Taikungpao, 9.4 Million Individual Visit Permits were issued to visitors to HK/Macau by GuangDong Province last year. 4.26 Million Permits for Macau and over 5.0 Million Permits for Hong Kong.
Since the introduction of Individual Visit Scheme in July 2003, the total number of Individual Visit Permits for Hong Kong/Macau issued so far have increased to over 19 million (up to end of 2005).
GuangDong Province is the major source of Mainland Visitors (with Individual Visit Permit) to Hong Kong, amounting to approx. 80% of the total Mainland Visitors (with Individual Visit Permit).
note: besides Individual Visit Permit, there are Business Visit Permit and Tour Group Permit
total no of visitors to HK in 2005: over 23million (including overseas and mainland visitors)