- n. Plural form of hong.
“Paved avenues, neoclassical mansions surrounded by walls, and large brick industrial buildings known as hongs composed the dignified outposts of empire along the famous Bund.”
“It was helped greatly by the climate of unbridled laissez-faire capitalism and the well-established presence of major trading houses, known as the hongs, many of them a century old, and large local fortunes seeking profitable investment outlets.”
“Under this system, opium hongs were charged $3,000 to $10,000 a month,* yielding $180,000† to the authorities and heaven knows how much to the Green Gang.”
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“The hongs front upon the river, stretching back into the suburbs.”
“These hongs are of one story, in some places open to the sky, and so long that at the end of one of them the human form diminishes, and we see beings engaged in occupation, and we hear no noise, for they steal along like shadows ... through the high door beyond, we see the lively river and chop boat waiting, ready for the cargo.”
“If one destroys the other-oh I don't mean just Quillan or Dunross, I mean the hongs themselves, the companies, Struan's and Rothwell-Gornt.”
“Shit, and Asian Properties and all the other hongs.”
“If my father's connection with them was made public it would take his face away forever, would sever the very close links he has with Struan's, and all the other hongs that exist today, and most important, would destroy forever his chance for a knighthood, the one thing he wants above all.”
“Like the possible, oh so important election as a voting member to the super-exclusive Turf Club, or membership in the Hong Kong Golf Club or Cricket Club-or even the Club itself-or any of the other minor though equally exclusive clubs that were tightly controlled by the British tai-pans of great hongs where all the really big business was conducted.”
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