Hong Kong at night.
Hong Kong definition by Webster's New World
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- administrative region of China (since July 1, 1997), on the South China Sea: it consists of a principal island (), nearby islands, Kowloon Peninsula, and an adjacent mainland area (): a former British crown colony: c. 421 sq mi (1,090 sq km); pop. 5,674,000
- chief city of this region; seaport on Hong Kong Island: pop. c. 1,000,000
Hong Kong definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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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.
Hong Kong - Cultural Definition
- China ceded the island of Hong Kong to Britain in the nineteenth century. Hong Kong was returned to Chinese rule in 1997, when Britain's lease expired.
- One of the world's leading commercial centers, Hong Kong is home to many international corporate offices and a world-famous tailoring industry. China has given assurances that it will maintain Hong Kong's capitalistic (see capitalism) and democratic (see democracy) institutions.