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Hong Kong(hŏng′kŏng′, -kŏng′, hông′kông′, -kông′)
A city and administrative region of southeast China on the coast southeast of Guangzhou, including Hong Kong Island and adjacent areas. Hong Kong Island was occupied by the British during the Opium War (1839-1842) and ceded to them by the Treaty of Nanking (1842). Other portions of the colony were acquired in 1860 and in 1898 by a 99-year lease. Hong Kong reverted to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. It is a major port and a center of international commerce and banking.
Hong Kong(ˌhɒŋ ˈkɒŋ)
1. (Placename) a Special Administrative Region of China, in the south of the country, with some autonomy; formerly a British Crown Colony: consists of Hong Kong Island, leased by China to Britain from 1842 until 1997, Kowloon Peninsula, Stonecutters Island, the New Territories (mainland), leased by China in 1898 for a 99-year period, and over 230 small islands; important entrepôt trade and manufacturing centre, esp for textiles and other consumer goods; university (1912). It retains its own currency, the Hong Kong dollar. Administrative centre: Victoria. Pop: 7 182 724 (2013 est). Area: 1046 sq km (404 sq miles)
2. (Placename) an island in Hong Kong region, south of Kowloon Peninsula: contains the capital, Victoria. Pop: 1 337 800 (2001). Area: 75 sq km (29 sq miles)
Hong Kong(ˈhɒŋ ˈkɒŋ)
1. a former British crown colony comprising Hong Kong island (29 sq. mi.; 75 sq. km), Kowloon peninsula, nearby islands, and the adjacent mainland bordering SE China: reverted to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. 6,413,000; 404 sq. mi. (1046 sq. km). Cap.: Victoria.
Hong′ Kong′er, Hong′kong′ite, n.
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