Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An 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. A free port and important center of international commerce and banking for most of the 20th century, Hong Kong reverted to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. Victoria is the capital. Population: 6,980,000.

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  • proper n. A coastal administrative region in south-east China, formerly a British colony, currently a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 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

Etymologies

From Cantonese 香港 (Hēunggóng). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Life is lived at a slower pace here and the insight the island offers into nature and traditional ways of life is not to be missed.8 Natural wondersSai Kung is known as Hong Kong's back garden, consisting of a vast area of exotic landforms, parkland and marine habitat.

    Top 10 things to do in Hong Kong

  • In this regard, after the formation of the third-term Hong Kong government in July 2007, the government issued the "Green Paper on Constitutional Development" to consult the public on the models, roadmap and timetable for implementing universal suffrage.

    Hong Kong Is Making Progress Toward Democracy

  • The third-term Hong Kong government, led by Chief Executive Donald Tsang, has made substantive progress in rolling forward democracy by attaining the timetable for implementing universal suffrage for the election of the Chief Executive and the Legislative Council.

    Hong Kong Is Making Progress Toward Democracy

  • We will strive to forge consensus within the community on the two electoral methods for 2012 within the tenure of the current-term Hong Kong government, so as to roll forward Hong Kong's democracy to a midway point in 2012 and pave the way for implementing universal suffrage for the Chief Executive and the Legislative Council in 2017 and 2020, respectively.

    Hong Kong Is Making Progress Toward Democracy

  • You can hardly mention the word Hong Kong these days without a student bringing up the lurid sex scandal involving Edison Chen and some notable female Hong Kong Stars.

    Sex and Hypocrisy -- the Edison Chen Scandal

  • The first time it came up, I asked my boss, "How do I call Hong Kong?"

    March 22nd, 2006

  • Hong Kong is Chinese territory but has its own currency and a Western-style legal system and often is used as a site for mainland companies to interact with foreign investors.

    World Bank issues its 1st yuan bonds in Hong Kong - Yahoo! Finance

  • Still, the Italian brand will want to make sure it does not suffer an identity crisis, where listing in Hong Kong translates into "made in Hong Kong" or "made in China."

    Prada listing shows Hong Kong is height of fashion Craig Stephen's This Week in China - MarketWatch

  • He said he called Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang to express sadness and "begged" for understanding.

    Gaea Times (by Simple Thoughts) Breaking News and incisive views 24/7

  • "These people are 'black residents' of the UK etc, and are no more British than an Englishman living in Hong Kong is Chinese," he said.

    The Guardian World News

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