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.

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  • 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


From Cantonese 香港 (Hēunggóng). (Wiktionary)


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