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Hong Kong

or Hongkong

[hong kong] /ˈhɒŋ ˈkɒŋ/
a British crown colony comprising Hong Kong island (29 sq. mi.; 75 sq. km), Kowloon peninsula, nearby islands, and the adjacent mainland in SE China (New Territories) reverted to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. 404 sq. mi. (1046 sq. km).
Capital: Victoria.
Victoria (def 5).
Also called Xianggang.
Related forms
Hong Konger, Hongkongite, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Hong Kong
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  • I had planned to stop in Hong Kong a month on my way to Europe.

    Anting-Anting Stories Sargent Kayme
  • Thus it was not until the 25th, and after hard steaming, that we reached Hong Kong.

    In Eastern Seas J. J. Smith
  • A Hong Kong hotel is not a place for a person predisposed to irritability.

    East of Suez Frederic Courtland Penfield
  • Of the climate of Hong Kong, I have little that is favourable to report.

  • The games at Hong Kong were interesting and largely attended.

British Dictionary definitions for Hong Kong

Hong Kong

/ˌhɒŋ ˈkɒŋ/
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)
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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Hong Kong

from Cantonese pronunciation of Chinese Xianggang, literally "fragrant port." Perhaps so called from the scent of incense factories or opium cargoes, or from the semi-fresh waters of the bay. The word hong was the general English term for foreign trading establishments in China.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Hong Kong in Culture

Hong Kong definition

Now a special administrative region of China; formerly a British colony, located on the south coast of China on the South China Sea, part of the Pacific Ocean.

Note: 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.
Note: 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.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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