Hong Kong

(redirected from Colony of Hong Kong)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

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)
n
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)
n.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Hong Kong - formerly a Crown Colony on the coast of southern China in Guangdong provinceHong Kong - formerly a Crown Colony on the coast of southern China in Guangdong province; leased by China to Britain in 1842 and returned in 1997; one of the world's leading commercial centers
Cathay, China, Communist China, mainland China, People's Republic of China, PRC, Red China - a communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the world
Translations
Hong-Kong
Hong Kong
Hongkong
Hongkong
香港

Hong Kong

[ˌhɒŋˈkɒŋ] NHong Kong m

Hong Kong

[ˌhɒŋˈkɒŋ] nHong-Kong
in Hong Kong → à Hong-Kong
to Hong Kong → à Hong-Kong

Hong Kong

nHongkong nt

Hong Kong

[ˈhɒŋˈkɒŋ] nHong Kong f
References in periodicals archive ?
Mark describes a Cold War waged not by military means, but by negotiation between China and Britain in Asia, the Chinese mainland, and the British colony of Hong Kong.
The former British colony of Hong Kong, which was re-incorporated into China in 1997, has an interesting history with BBC broadcasting.
Throughout those decades, martial artists from mainland China sought refuge in what was then the British colony of Hong Kong.
Though China and Britain have a history of disputes over human rights and the future of the former British colony of Hong Kong, diplomats say export-reliant China values Britain as a strong advocate for free trade within the EU and the bloc as an important counterweight to the United States.
The former British colony of Hong Kong retains free speech, free association and free markets under the 1997 handover deal negotiated with London.
1984: The British colony of Hong Kong is to be returned to China in 1997 after an historic agreement is signed.
December 19, 1984: The British colony of Hong Kong is to be returned to China in 1997 after an historic agreement is signed.
They all joined the Winnipeg Grenadiers, front-line fighters in the attempt to rescue the British colony of Hong Kong.
The former British colony of Hong Kong is a semi-autonomous city with its own mini-constitution that guarantees freedoms of speech and expression that are not enjoyed on the mainland.
Fifteen years ago to the day, one of the last vestiges of the British Empire, the Crown Colony of Hong Kong, was handed back to Chinese sovereignty after 155 years of British rule.